Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


The people of The Land Institute tend to be like the prairie — diverse and perennial. We are working together to accomplish a mission to which we are all passionately committed. Click on the photo of each staff member below for their bio. Visit our Board of Directors or Interns page for additional profiles.

Spencer Barriball
Research Technician, Perennial Legumes

Glory Benacka
Greenhouse Supervisor

Amy June Breesman
Land Relations Specialist

Peter Callan
Post-Baccalaureate Researcher, Soil Ecology

Tomas Cassani
Postdoctoral Researcher, Soil Ecology

Eric Cassetta
Phenomic Breeding Technician

Robin Chapman
Executive Assistant to the President

Anita Chase
Operations Specialist

Edy Chérémond
Research Technician, Crop Protection Ecology

Marty Christians
Research Technician, Kernza®

Stan Cox
Ecosphere Fellow

Evan Craine
Research Associate - End-Use Science in Crop Stewardship

Pat Crepps
Facilities and Grounds Assistant

Tim Crews
Chief Scientist; International Program Director, Director of Ecological Intensification

Lee DeHaan
Director of Crop Improvement/Lead Scientist, Kernza® Domestication Program

Madeline DuBois
Research Technician, Ecology

Matt Dunn
Research Assistant, Perennial Wheat

Tiffany Durr
Facilities Operations Manager

Madeline Dykstra
General Research Assistant

Hana Fancher
Market Stewardship Specialist

Westen Gehring
Grants Specialist

Adam Gorrell
Research Technician

Olivia Hamilton
Research Assistant, Greenhouse

Scott Hamilton
Facilities Manager

Gina Harding
Research Assistant, Crop Protection Genetics

Todd Humiston
Integrated Pest Management Specialist

Zach Jake
Research Assistant - Crop Protection Genetics

Laura Kemp
Perennial Agriculture Project, Field Station Manager

Tammy Kimbler

Tammy Kimbler
Chief Communications Officer

Ron Kinkelaar
Research Technician

Jessica Kleoppel
Director of Development

Reece Knapic
Research Technician, Civic Science

Emmie Lacy
Development Specialist

Bo Meyering
Applications Developer

Kendra Velasquez-Munro
General Research Assistant

Ebony Murrell
Lead Scientist, Crop Protection Ecology

Pheonah Nabukalu
Lead Scientist, Perennial Sorghum

Lydia Nicholson
Research Technician, Educational Design

Tessa Peters
Director of Crop Stewardship

Laura van der Pol
Lead Scientist, Soil Ecology

Keat Robinson
General Research Assistant

Krista Robinson
Director of People and Culture

Dakota Santiago
General Research Assistant

Mercedes Santiago
Greenhouse Specialist

Brandon Schlautman
Lead Scientist, Perennial Legumes

Tejas Srikanth
Integrated Marketing Communications Specialist

Aubrey Streit Krug
Director of Perennial Cultures Lab

Rachel Stroer

Savannah Hall Taillon
Development Specialist

Tracie Mattivi Thomas
Chief Operating Officer

Yvonne Thompson
Research Associate, Crop Protection Genetics

Betsy Trana
Perennial Oilseeds Research Technician

Kathryn Turner
Lead Scientist, Crop Protection Genetics

David Van Tassel
Lead Scientist, Perennial Oilseeds (Silphium)

Amanda Wagner
Development Stewardship Specialist

Shuwen Wang
Lead Scientist, Perennial Wheat

Kelsey Whiting
Perennial Grain Policy and Government Affairs, Postdoctoral Researcher

Brenna Wilcox
Operations Project Coordinator

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