Research Group

 Project Leader:



 Alex Woodley
Assistant Professor in Sustainable and Organic Soil Fertility
4128 Plant Sciences Building

Alex is originally from Ontario, Canada. He received his B.S., M.S. degrees in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph, and his Ph.D. in Land Resource Science from from the University of Guelph.


Current Lab Group Members: 

Raine Lookabill – Master’s Student

Raine moved to Raleigh from just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. degree in Plant Science with a focus on Agroecology and minors in Crop Production and International Agriculture from The Pennsylvania State University in Spring of 2023. She is currently working in the greenhouse on a study looking at nitrous oxide emissions in corn. Before starting her program, Raine worked with the hydroponics program at Penn State, studied abroad in Kenya, and interned with Penn State Extension.








Diego Salazar Peraza – Master’s Student

Diego Salazar was born and raised in El Salvador. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science and Social Development from Escuela Agricola Panamericana Zamorano, Honduras. In the Summer of 2023, he joined the sustainable soils lab at NCSU to start his Master’s program. His research primarily focuses on evaluating enhanced efficiency fertilizers in corn systems.







Doyeong Hur – PhD Student

Do Yeong was born and raised in Ulsan, South Korea. He received his B.S. degree and M.S. degree in soil science, from Pusan National University. His research primarily focuses on evaluating enhanced-efficiency fertilizers to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and ammonia volatilization in corn systems. In the fall of 2022, He began his Ph.D. at NCSU. He joined the Sustainable Soil lab, aiming to expand his expertise and understanding of soil nitrogen management.








Fred Teasley – PhD Student

Fred Teasley is a Ph.D. student investigating soil health of farming systems transitioning from conventional to organic management.  Broadly speaking, he is interested in the relationships between nutrient cycling, soil health indicators, and farm management practices.  Fred obtained a B.Sc. from Towson University in Environmental Science and a M.Sc. from the University of Delaware in Plant and Soil Science.  In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, cooking, and repairing vintage motorcycles.







Rashid Imoro – PhD Student

Rashid was born in Janga, a small farming community in the North – East region of Ghana.
He had his bachelor’s education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where he graduated with a BSc. Agriculture (Crop and Soil Sciences Option). He had his master’s education at the University of Aberdeen, UK in soil science. He is currently a Ph.D. Soil Science student here at North Carolina State University (NCSU) researching into Biochar as a Soil health and Carbon Sequestration strategy for North Carolina State Agriculture.
His research interests cover environmental sustainability, soil health, GHG emissions, soil physics, soil genesis, morphology and classification and agroecology.


Past Lab Group Members:

Richard Hendley – Research Technician / MSc. Student 





Sam Hahn – M.S. Student






Lily Kile – MSc. Student








Cara Mathers – PhD Student




Chris Gillespie – PhD student  (Co-chaired with Dr. Shuijin Hu)