Department of Plant Science
Sharon E. Benes, Ph.D.
Professor - 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
Plant 172 - Soils
Plant 172L - Soils Lab
Plant 101 - Crop Nutrition
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.