Amy Shober

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Soil Management, May 2006. University of Delaware.
  • Master of Science, Soil Science, May 2002. Pennsylvania State University.
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science; Option: Waste Management. May 1998. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry. May 1998. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

Courses Taught

SWS 3022L, Introduction to Soils and the Environment Lab, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast REC, Plant City, Spring 2007, 2009, 2010

Professional Experience

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware, 2014-present

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware, 2012-2014

Associate Professor and State Extension Specialist, Soil and Water Science Department, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, University of Florida, 2011-2012

Assistant Professor and State Extension Specialist, Soil and Water Science Department, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, University of Florida, 2006-2011

Professional Activities and Affiliations

American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

  • Chair – Nutrient Loss and Assessment Community (2013-2014)
  • Vice chair – Nutrient Loss and Assessment Community (2010-2012)
  • Associate editor – Journal of Environmental Quality (2010-2012)
  • Chair – Graduate School Workshop Committee (2008-2010)
  • Member – Graduate School Workshop Committee (2006-2008)

American Society of Horticultural Sciences (ASHS)
Hillsborough River Watershed Alliance

  • Board member (2007-present)

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

  • Marion & Chrystie Jackson Soil Science Award Committee chair (2010)

Southern Extension Research Activity (SERA-17) – Phosphorus Workgroup

  • Annual meeting organizer (2011)
  • Best management practice workgroup member (2007-present)
  • Soil/manure testing workgroup member (2003-2007)

Southern Regional Water Quality Program (USDA-NIFA)

  • Youth team member (2010-present)
  • Watershed Restoration and Education team member (2008-present)
  • Nutrient Management team member (2008-present)

Awards and Distinctions

  • ASA Environmental Quality Section Inspiring Young Scientist Award (2011)
  • Florida State Horticultural Society (FSHS) Ornamental, Garden & Landscape Best Paper Award (2010)
  • Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Manuscript Review, Journal of Environmental Quality, ASA-CSSA-SSSA (2008)
  • Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist, US Office of Personnel Management (2006)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, American Society of Agronomy – Northeastern Branch (2006)
  • J. Fielding Reed/Potash and Phosphate Institute (PPI) Fellowship (2005)
  • Hazel Burgett Endowed Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) Scholar Award (2004 – 2005)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation, 2nd place, NEBASA Annual Meetings. Bordentown, NJ (2004)
  • Institute of Soil and Environmental Quality Ph. D. Fellowship Recipient (2002-2005)
  • Gerald T. Gentry Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, Pennsylvania State University (2002)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation, 3rd place, NEBASA Annual Meetings. University of Rhode Island (2001)

Grants and Contracts

2015
Combining Electrical Resistivity Imaging and Conservative Tracers to Characterize Subsurface Phosphorus Losses from Drained Soils (PI). 2015 Funding Requested: $190,155. Funding agency: USDA Agricultural Food and Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program. (Pending)
Targeted Conservation Contracts to Enhance Agricultural Best Management Practices: Incorporating Heterogeneity and Predicting Additionality (Co-PI). 2015. Grant Value: $499,996. Funding agency: USDA Agricultural Food and Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program.
Nutrient Management Education Program (PI). 2015. Grant Value: $120,000. Funding agency: Delaware Department of Agriculture.
Trends in Soil Test Phosphorous and Sorption Capacity following Long-term Application of Poultry Litter and Commercial Fertilizers. 2014. Grant value: $32,495. Funding agency: Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.
2014
Evaluation of Seeding Rate and Method on Establishment of Cover Crops in Delaware. 2014. Grant Value: $64,000. Funding Agency: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Combining electrical resistivity imaging and conservative tracer tests to characterize and model subsurface phosphorus losses in ditch-drained Delmarva soils. 2014. Grant Value: $25,194. Funding Agency: Delmarva Land Grant Universities.
Nutrient Management Education Program (PI). 2014. Grant Value: $120,000. Funding agency: Delaware Department of Agriculture.
Trends in Soil Test Phosphorous and Sorption Capacity following Long-term Application of Poultry Litter and Commercial Fertilizers. 2014. Grant value: $13,650. Funding agency: Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.
Evaluation of Fall Soil Nitrate Testing and Fertilization for Establishment of Small Grains and Alternative Cover Crops under Irrigated and Non-Irrigated Conditions on Delmarva. 2014. Grant value: $8,050. Funding agency: Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.

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Graduate Student Advising

PhD Students: 1 total
MS Students (Thesis): 3 total
MS Students (Professional): 5 total

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Moore, K.A., A.L. Shober, G.S. Hasing1, C. Wiese, and N.C. West. 2014. Effect of Soil Type and Nitrogen Rate on Growth of Annual and Perennial Landscape Plants in Florida. HortTechnology 24:724-730.
  2. Moore, K.A., A.L. Shober, G.S. Hasing1, C. Wiese, G.C. Denny, and G.W. Knox. 2014. Effects of nitrogen fertilization rate on aesthetic quality of landscape-grown annuals and perennials. HortTechnology 24:597-603.
  3. Shober, A.L., K.A. Moore, G.S. Hasing1, C. Wiese, G.C. Denny, and G.W. Knox. 2014. Effect of nitrogen fertilization rate on aesthetic quality of landscape-grown vines and groundcovers. HortTechnology 24:604-609.
  4. Shober, A.L., G. Hasing1, C. Wiese, N.G. West, G.C. Denny, K.A. Moore, and G.W. Knox. 2013. Growth and quality response of woody shrubs to nitrogen fertilization during landscape establishment in Florida. HortTechnology 23: 898-904.
  5. Pearson, B.J., R.C. Beeson, C. Reinhart-Adams, A. Shober. 2013. Determining variability in characteristics of residential landscape soils that influence infiltration rates. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. 39(6): 249-255.

Peer-Reviewed Extension Publications (†indicates work completed at UD)

  1. Shober, A.L. 2015. Delaware gardener’s guide to lawn and landscape fertilizers. University of Delaware, Newark, DE. (In review)
  2. Shober, A.L. 2015. Phosphorus cycling in the agricultural landscape. University of Delaware, Newark, DE. http://extension.udel.edu/factsheets/phosphorus-cycling-in-the-agricultural-landscape/
  3. Shober, A.L. 2015. Nitrogen cycling in agriculture. University of Delaware, Newark, DE. http://extension.udel.edu/factsheets/nitrogen-cycling-in-agriculture/
  4. Shober, A.L., S.Y. Riggi, and R. Rothweiler. 2015. Temporary field storage of poultry litter. University of Delaware, Newark, DE. http://extension.udel.edu/factsheets/temporary-field-storage-of-poultry-litter/
  5. Shober, A.L. and R. W. Taylor. 2015. Estimating yield goal for crops. University of Delaware, Newark, DE. http://extension.udel.edu/factsheets/estimating-yield-goal-for-crops/
  6. Shober, A.L. and R. W. Taylor. 2014. Nitrogen management for soybean. University of Delaware, Newark, DE. http://extension.udel.edu/factsheets/nitrogen-management-for-soybean/

Conference Proceedings

Rainey, D.P., A.L. Shober, and G. Shurberg. 2012. Soil profile variability in an established residential community. Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society. 125: 343-347.
Moore, K.A. and A.L. Shober. 2009. Effects of organic soil amendments and irrigation frequency on shrub growth during establishment. Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society. 122: 394-398 (Refereed).
Shurberg, G., G.C. Denny and A.L. Shober. 2009. Validating nitrogen requirements for Florida landscape plants – Warm season bedding plants. SNA Research Conference. 54: 272-288. Available at: http://www.sna.org/content/2009_Complete_proceedings_1.pdf
Stehouwer, R.C. and A.L. Shober. 2003. Effects of agronomic biosolids utilization on soil quality. Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, WEF/AWWA/CWEA Joint Residuals and Biosolids Management 2003, pp. 1236-1253.

Other Publications and Creative Works

Additional publications and creative works include: 24 Abstracts, 10 Research reports, 5 Newsletter articles, 1 Extension bulletin, 2 Extension Master Gardener training manuals, 11 Extension instructional multimedia presentations, 5 Extension web modules, 7 Teaching web modules, 3 Peer-reviewed reusable learning objects (RLOs, http://ecolearnit.ifas.ufl.edu) and 1 Website (http://gcrec.ifas.ufl.edu/Shober/UrbanSoilwebsite.htm).

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Contact Information
Amy Shober

Associate Professor

Plant and Soil Sciences
531 South College Avenue

Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-2146

Email: ashober@udel.edu