- Applied research with forage and grassland ecology with ruminant animals including goat silvo-pastoral systems and agricultural systems that integrate crops and livestock in a sustainable economic manner
- The effects of supplementation on forage utilization and animal performance on ruminant animals
- Assessment of forages for alternative land use for, and impact of, biofuel supply (biomass) to be used as a sustainable system for conservation
- Sustainable/Organic Cropping Systems in the Sub/ Humid-Tropics
Costa Rica 2009
Most Significant Publications:
Unruh Snyder, L.J., J.P. Mueller, J.M. Luginbuhl and C. Brownie. 2007. Growth characteristics and allometry of Robinia pseudoacacia as a silvopastoral system component. Agroforestry Systems Volume 70 (1), pp. 41-51.
Unruh-Snyder, L.J., J.M. Luginbuhl, J.P. Mueller, A. Conrad, and K.E. Turner. 2007. Intake, Digestibility, and Nitrogen Utilization of Robinia pseudoacacia Foliage Fed to Growing Goat Wethers. Small Ruminant Research. 71:179-193.
Bonczeck, J. L., L.J. Unruh Snyder, L.R. Ellis. 2007. An Academic Club Service Learning Project as a Demonstration of Experiential Teaching Tools. Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Education Vol. 36 pp.107-111.
Unruh Snyder, L.J., J.P. Mueller*, J-M. Luginbuhl , and C. Brownie. C. 2005. The Influence of spacing and coppice height on herbage mass and other growth characteristics of Black locust in a southeastern USA silvopastoral system. In: M. R. Mosquera-Losada, A. Riguerio, and J. McAdam (Ed.) Silvopastoralism and Sustainable Land Management. CABI Publishing Wallingford, UK. Pp 480. ISBN 0 85199 006 1.
Unruh, L. J. and G.W. Fick. 2002. Correcting Measurements of Pasture Forage Mass by Vacuuming the Stubble. Agronomy Journal 94:860-863.
Agronomy 105 – Crop Production
Assistant Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University, 2007-present
Lecturer, University of Florida, 2004-2007
Lecturer, North Carolina State University, 2000-2004
Awards and Honors:
Gold Image Award , University of Florida, 2006
University Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award, NC State, 1999 to 2004
North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Graduate Teaching Award, USA, 2003
Outstanding College Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, NC State, 2002
Preparing the Professoriate Fellowship, 1999 to 2000
Alcoa Teaching Fellowship, 1999
Teaching Effectiveness Workshop Fellowship, 1999
Publication Awards of Excellence for a Teaching Publication, ASA, 1998
3rd Place, Graduate Student Oral Presentation, ASA, 1998
B.S. (Entomology) - Cornell University, 1996
M.S. (Crop Science) - Cornell University, 1998
Ph.D. (Crop Science) – North Carolina State University, 2003
Date joined staff: August 2007