Marta Moura Kohmann
Marta Moura Kohmann is originally from Southern Brazil, and received her B.S. in Agronomy from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. While an undergraduate student, Marta worked as a research assistant in the areas of agrometeorology and grazing ecology. During her undergraduate studies, Marta participated in a study abroad program from FIPSE-CAPES and spent one semester in the University of Florida, where she took classes and worked with research.
In August 2011, Marta moved to Gainesville, FL to pursuit her master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Florida. Her program focused on quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from beef production systems in Florida through both modeling and field experiments. During her time as a master’s degree student, she was a part of the AgroClimate Group led by Dr. Clyde W. Fraisse (main advisor). This group has the goal of providing producers with climate information via interactive tools to assist in management decisions, and provided her with many opportunities to meet with farmers and stakeholders. During that time, Marta also assisted in organizing the Agro-Systems Seminars, a seminar series that hosted visiting researchers presenting novel work to faculty, staff, and students in the University of Florida.
In May 2014, Marta initiated her Ph.D. degree in Forage Management in University of Florida’s Agronomy Department under the guidance of Dr. Lynn E. Sollenberger. The overarching goal of her doctorate program was to quantity ecosystem services provided by inclusion of legumes in grass pastures. During her program, Marta studied nutrient cycling in legume-grass mixed swards compared to grass-only pastures managed with typical N fertilization rates. She also investigated greenhouse gas emissions from excreta of animals fed legume-grass pastures compared to N-fertilized grass monocultures. While a Ph.D. student, Marta had the opportunity to serve as a Teaching Assistant in Forage Science and Range Management (3 semesters) and Experimental Statistics for Plant Science (two semesters), an activity she truly enjoys. Additionally, Marta served the Agronomy Graduate Student Association as treasurer and as vice-president, helping organize events to integrate faculty and students in the department.
Currently, Marta is a Postdoctoral Associate under Dr. Maria Silveira working on the LTAR (Long-Term Agroecosystem Research) project. The LTAR project is part of a nation-wide network sponsored by the USDA with the objective of increasing sustainability in different agricultural production systems. In Florida, the research is developed with a partnership between the Range Cattle REC and Archbold Biological Center and evaluates the effect of fire frequency and associated mechanical control of native rangeland on greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient cycling, soil chemical characteristics, vegetation biomass and composition, and many other parameters of agronomic and environmental relevance. This research is of particular interest due to the importance of native rangelands in South Florida, a unique ecosystem hosting multiple plant and animal species and threatened by increasing urbanization. Results from this project with help define management practices that reduce risks and increase sustainability of native rangelands.