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Department of Plant Science

Sharon E. Benes, Ph.D.

Sharon BenesProfessor - Soil Science and Crop Nutrition

J.G. Boswell Endowed Chair in Plant Science

Office: Ag M 100 

Phone: (559) 278-2255 


Office Hours: TBA



Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 1995

M.S.   North Carolina State University, 1984

B.S.    University of New Hampshire, 1982 

Undergraduate Courses:

Plant 172 - Soils

Plant 172L - Soils Lab

Plant 101 - Crop Nutrition

Graduate Courses:

Plant 251 - Soil-Plant-Water Relations (salinity, trace elements, agricultural impacts on soil and water quality)

Plant 252 - Crop Nutrition

Plant 299 - Thesis

EES 266 - Natural and Agricultural Uses of water

Fields of interest:  Research focuses on salinity effects on crop production and the evaluation of salt tolerant forages and halophytes for saline drainage water reuse systems on the San Joaquin Valley Westside.

Coordinator of graduate program and also J.G. Boswell Endowed Chair.

Recipient of 2001 Outstanding Research and Scholarly Activity Award for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Recipient of 2019 Salgo Noren Teaching Excellence Award. Joined the department in 1998.