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.

Just click on the photo of each staff member below for his or her bio.

You can also visit our Board of Directors page for their brief profiles.

Scott Allegrucci
Senior Development & Communications Officer

Scott Bontz
Editor of The Land Report

James Bowden
Research Technician, Ecology

Carrie Carpenter
Manager of Advancement Services and Annual Giving

Marty Christians
Research Technician, Kernza®

Sheila Cox
Research Technician

Stan Cox
Lead Scientist, Perennial Sorghum

Tim Crews
Director of Research and Lead Scientist, Ecology Program

Lee DeHaan
Lead Scientist, Kernza® Domestication Program

Tiffany Durr
Greenhouse Manager

Ron Fent

Ron Fent
Grounds and Aesthetics Technician

Adam Gorrell

Adam Gorrell
Research Technician

John Holmquist
Research Technician, Oilseeds Project

Fred Iutzi

Wes Jackson
President Emeritus

Land Institute Prairie Festival

Patti Johnson
Accounting Associate

Hybrid Wheat

Laura Kemp
Ecology Field and Lab Technician

Land Institute Sorghum Crosses

Ron Kinkelaar
Research Technician

Randy Mathews
Development Officer

Pheonah Nabukalu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Perennial Sorghum Breeding

Silphium Sunflower Heads

Chris Pembleton
Facilities and Special Projects Manager

Brandon Schlautman
Lead Scientist, Perennial Legumes

Freddie Smith
Development Office Administrative Assistant

Cindy Thompson
Greenhouse Assistant

Rachel Stroer
Chief Operating Officer

Kathryn Turner
Postdoctoral Fellow, Perennial Wheat

David Van Tassel
Lead Scientist, Perennial Oilseeds

Shuwen Wang
Lead Scientist, Perennial Wheat

Darlene Wolf

Darlene Wolf
Operations Associate and Administrative Assistant to Wes Jackson

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