ISA Research Staff
Ed Anderson, PhD, Senior Director of Research (ISA)
Ed Anderson, PhD Senior Director of Research (ISA)Anderson is responsible for integrating the association’s contracted research programs and managing the Analytics, Environmental Programs and Services and On-Farm Network teams. Anderson collaborates with land grant universities, the United Soybean Board, North Central Soybean Research Program and a variety of soybean and agricultural industry groups to leverage resources to improve environmental performance and enhance the competitiveness of soybean farmers. A native Iowan, this life-long Cardinals fan earned his Ph.D. in molecular plant virology from the University of Missouri.
Sue Derscheid, Research Executive Assistant
Sue Derscheid Research Executive AssistantDerscheid is responsible for both clerical and managerial support to the ISA Research Team and Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance. She serves as project manager and overall coordinator for ISA Research meetings and periodic field days and demonstrations. She enjoys traveling and sports — especially the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.
David Kurth, Research Program Coordinator
David Kurth Research Program CoordinatorKurth is responsible for building efficiency and effectiveness in developing, managing and executing programs and projects for the ISA On-Farm Network, Environmental Programs and Services and Analytics teams. He helps provide strategic and tactical leadership for ISA Research, with a focus on program management, as a member of the Research Leadership Team. Kurth enjoys woodworking and saving money by doing his own carpentry work on home improvement projects.
Scott Nelson, Director On-Farm Network
Scott Nelson Director On-Farm NetworkScott leads the association’s efforts in production research planning and execution across Iowa. As On-Farm Network director, he plays a major part in partner contract research efforts and manages On-Farm Network team personnel.
Anthony Martin, Regional Agronomist
Anthony Martin Regional AgronomistMartin is involved in data collection, organization and analysis of the replicated strip trials as well as assisting with the guided stalk sampling program. He provides technical and logistical support for all of the Iowa-based agronomic programs. Martin also is responsible for coordination and communication with growers and service providers in northeast Iowa. Martin enjoys fishing, reading almost anything, golfing and being outdoors.
Brett McArtor, Regional Agronomist
Brett McArtor Regional AgronomistMcArtor provides technical and logistical support for all of the Iowa-based agronomic programs in his role as a field research specialist with a focus in southern Iowa. He is involved in data collection, organization and analysis of the replicated strip trials as well as assisting with the guided stalk sampling program. McArtor is responsible for coordination and communication with growers and service providers. He enjoys hunting, fishing and reading. He also loves the movie The Cowboys starring John Wayne and will eat at Arby’s any day of the week.
Nathan Paul, Operations Manager
Nathan Paul Operations ManagerPaul is responsible for overseeing the field research specialists, working to place and process trials and manage projects. He is a trained geograhpic information specialist and is in charge of multi-state projects and relations. Paul enjoys running half marathons and travelling the world, he even spent four and a half months in Venezuela as an exchange student in high school.
Rich Stessman, CCA, Operations Manager
Rich Stessman, CCA Operations ManagerStessman is involved in data collection, organization and analysis of the replicated strip trials as well as assisting with the guided stalk sampling program. He provides technical and logistical support for all of the Iowa-based agronomic programs, specializing in northwest Iowa. Stessman is an avid biker and cat enthusiast. He also scored higher than most of the communications team on a recent word usage test. Booya.
Matt Hoffman, Regional Agronomist
Matt Hoffman Regional AgronomistHoffman is involved in data collection, organization and analysis of the replicated strip trials as well as assisting with the guided stalk sampling program. He provides technical and logistical support for the Iowa-based agronomic programs, specializing in the northwest Iowa region. Hoffman is responsible for coordination and communication with growers and service providers. A native Iowan, Hoffman enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his growing family.
Peter Kyveryga, PhD, Director of Analytics
Peter Kyveryga, PhD Director of AnalyticsKyveryga provides leadership for executing the best practices for collecting data and utilizing advanced statistical and geographic information system methodologies. His team is also responsible for analyzing and summarizing data from different types of on-farm studies and communicating the results to farmers and industry professionals and then publishing the results in research and technical publications. Originally from the Ukraine, Iowa feels like home to Kyveryga as he enjoys the outdoors and is an avid gardener.
Suzanne Fey, Process Development Coordinator
Suzanne Fey Process Development CoordinatorFey is responsible for compiling and processing data to assist the analytics director. She designs and develops tools and applications to collect data and automate processing. Fey is a black belt in Taekwondo, a world traveler, grew up having a famous French pen pal and received a bachelor’s in psychology and Russian studies from Coe College.
Brad Wirt, GIS Developer/Data Analyst
Brad Wirt GIS Developer/Data AnalystSupports the collection, processing, aggregation, and organization of various spatial agronomic research data
Chris Wilkins, GIS Developer/Data Analyst
Chris Wilkins GIS Developer/Data AnalystSupport the collection, processing, aggregation and organization of various spatial agronomic research data.
Environmental Programs & Services
Roger Wolf, Director of Environmental Programs & Services
Roger Wolf Director of Environmental Programs & ServicesWolf is responsible for the creation, development and oversight of programs and services designed to advance agricultural leadership in achieving data-driven environmental performance at farm and watershed scales, while improving agronomic and economic performance. Wolf is a self-taught guitar player and owns 10 guitars. He’s also a retired garbage man, having worked a short stint in the profession after college in order to pay back student loans — he’s not afraid of hard work!
Todd Sutphin, Senior Operations Manager
Todd Sutphin Senior Operations ManagerSutphin provides oversight and management of watershed planning, assessment and monitoring activities; outreach to producers and other watershed stakeholders; water monitoring design, installation, operations and reporting; and watershed project implementation and evaluation. Sutphin hasn’t missed a pheasant season opener since the age of 12, so it’s safe to say he is a committed bird hunter. He also is passionate about caring for the prairies where he hunts and is certified to do controlled prairie burns.
Adam Kiel, Operations Manager
Adam Kiel Operations ManagerKiel provides oversight and management of watershed planning, assessment and monitoring activities. His role includes working with farmers to improve resource conservation, environmental performance and farmer profitability at the watershed level. Kiel is an avid fly fisher, even tying his own flies. He also loves ice cream and makes it a point to stop for ice cream whenever he heads out to the field.
Anthony Seeman, Environmental Research Coordinator
Anthony Seeman Environmental Research CoordinatorSeeman is responsible for coordinating and executing water sampling networks. He organizes staff and volunteers and collects data from automated field equipment. Seeman loves football, especially the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chris Hay, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist
Chris Hay, PhD Senior Environmental ScientistHay is responsible for overseeing the certified water quality lab, providing technical assistance to field planning/experimental operations and leading scientific research efforts. Hay has more than 20 years of experience in agricultural water management and water quality in academia, consulting, industry and government. Hay enjoys cooking, especially dishes with a bit of spice. He is a second generation engineer who claims Nebraska as home, Go Huskers!
Diane Ercse, Watershed Coordinator/Resource Management Specialist
Diane Ercse Watershed Coordinator/Resource Management SpecialistErcse, in conjunction with Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance, leads efforts in implementing the Elk Run Watershed Water Quality Initiative project. In this position, Ersce works to engage farmers in parts of Sac, Calhoun and Carroll Counties in discussions and the implementation of water conservation practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Ersce loves adventure and vacationing with her children. She also enjoys growing and cooking great food.
Dave Graham, Water Field Technician
Dave Graham Water Field TechnicianThe Water Lab Technician assists in the day-to-day operation of the ISA Research water quality lab; including the preparation of samples bottles, conducting bench-top analyses, and data entry.
Heath Ellison, CCA, Operations Manager
Heath Ellison, CCA Operations ManagerEllison provides technical assistance to farmers for nutrient management planning, conservation planning and related agronomic services. He oversees project implementation including recruitment, environmental management system development, evaluating and monitoring implementation and data analysis. Ellison has been dedicated to the Kansas City Royals since he was kid. He also worked as a zoo attendant and particularly enjoyed starting the morning listening to lions roar and monkeys and sea lions sound off.
Karl Gesch, Watershed Coordinator/Resource Management Specialist
Karl Gesch Watershed Coordinator/Resource Management SpecialistGesch leads watershed projects and conservation efforts in the eastern half of Iowa, initially within the Cedar River Watershed. In his role, Gesch engages with farmers to raise awareness and implementation of water conservation practices outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Gesch loves to run, hike and bike. He is also a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers and Star Wars.
Keegan Kult, Environmental Scientist
Keegan Kult Environmental ScientistKult focuses on successful implementation and management of grant and contract funded natural resource, watershed and environmental projects and research. You’ll find this craft beer enthusiast on the water in a kayak during his free time.
Theo Gunther, CCA, Resource Management Specialist
Theo Gunther, CCA Resource Management SpecialistGunther provides technical and planning assistance to farmers in the development and application of resource and environmental management systems. He works with farmers to develop conservation and nutrient management plans and assists with collection, review and analysis of farm management data. Gunther didn’t grow up on a farm, but was active in his high school FFA chapter, even winning the state meat judging title. He also is an avid gardener, keeping something growing during every season, including orchids in his basement.
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