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Fernando E. Miguez

Assistant Professor



Office: 1206 Agronomy Hall

Phone: 515-294-5980





Department: Agronomy

Research Interests: agro-ecosystems modelling

Brief description of current research:

Dr. Miguez's research focuses on simulating and predicting crop productivity and stability under varying soil and meteorological conditions. Topics of particular interest are: productivity of biomass crops (Miscanthus, switchgrass, energycane, etc.), response of crops to climate change, integration of field research and mathematical modeling and crop, soil, climate and land-use databases. The primary goals are: to synthesize and analyze databases of crop performance under different agronomic management scenarios, integrate field experimentation with statistical and process-based crop models and to produce spatio-temporal forecasts of productivity, stability and ecosystem services of cropping systems.

Recent publications:

Fernando E. Miguez, Xin-Guang Zhu, Stephen Humphries, German A. Bollero, and Stephen P. Long, 2009: A semimechanistic model predicting the growth and production of bioenergy crop Miscanthus × giganteus: description, parameterization and validation. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 1, 4, 282-296.

Maria Bonita Villamil, Fernando E. Miguez, and German A. Bollero, 2008: Multivariate Analysis and Visualization of Soil Quality Data for No-till Systems. Journal of Environmental Quality, 37, 2063-2069.