PULLMAN, Wash.—METER Group, Inc. USA (METER) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 G.A. Harris Award, the company’s fellowship grant focused on propelling scientific research in the fields of agricultural, environmental and geotechnical science.
The G.A. Harris fellowship, now in its 12th year, is intended to help graduate students get the resources they need to answer critical research questions. The fellowship was established in memory of Dr. Grant Anderson Harris, who served as chairman of the Washington State University Department of Forestry and Range Management from 1967 to 1980 and board chairman at Decagon Devices, Inc., (now METER), from 1983 until 2003.
“The quality and scope of the proposals this year were impressive,” said Dr. Colin Campbell, senior research scientist at METER. “Reading the unique objectives gives us a sense of hope for the future that was an integral part of Dr. Harris’ vision for research. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these students’ efforts and their impact on their respective fields.”
Six awards of $10K in METER instrumentation were granted this year. Fellowships were evaluated and awarded based on potential scientific impact, proposed methodology and novelty of the research.
2019 G.A. Harris Fellows
University of Manitoba Department of Biosystems Engineering
Ndulue will look at water table management techniques for increased crop production of canola and soybeans in the Canadian Prairies. Products awarded include the TEROS 10, ZL6 and TEROS borehole installation tool (rental).
University of California, Davis, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Drechsler will test almond orchard response (growth, yield, nut quality and water productivity) to various deficit irrigation management treatments. Products awarded include the TEROS 21, TEROS 12, ZL6, ZENTRA Cloud and TEROS borehole installation tool (rental).
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Talib will use ground-based measurements to validate modeled evapotranspiration (ET) from NASA’s ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) while looking at the crop water use of potatoes, corn and soybeans. Products awarded include the TEROS 12, ZL6 and ATMOS 41.
University of Idaho Department of Soil and Water Systems
McCauley will collect environmental data to develop predictive models and detect early onset of downy mildew in vineyards for disease and risk management. Products awarded include the PHYTOS 31, ATMOS 41, TEROS 21 and TEROS 12.
University of Idaho College of Natural Resources
Joshi will study the effect of reclaimed water land application on established forests and their efficacy as “sinks” for prolonged disposal of recycled water. Products awarded include the drain gauge G3 lysimeter, G3 depth sensor and G3 auto pump.
Washington State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kornowske will examine nutrient loading of nitrogen and phosphorus into local lake systems as a result of subsurface transport (deep drainage). Products awarded include the drain gauge G3 lysimeter, CTD+DG depth, EC and temp sensor for the G3, ATMOS 41, ZL6 and ZENTRA Cloud.
Learn more about the G.A. Harris Award and past recipients at https://go.meter.group/p40111.
About METER Group
METER Group, a Decagon and UMS combined company, delivers real-time, high-resolution data that fuels production and processes for the food quality, environmental research, urban and agriculture sectors. Through the power of its employees, METER combines science, engineering and design expertise to turn physical measurements into useful information. Learn more at www.metergroup.com.