Person

Avat Shekoofa

Associate Professor | Plant Sciences

Specialization: Crop physiology and water management

Overview

Dr. Shekoofa's Ph.D research was focused on kernel development of maize as affected by source/sink ratio. (Her dissertation was written and presented in English.) She was a visiting scientist at Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina from 2009-2010. She conducted postdoc research at North Carolina State University (NCSU) on water stress in turfgrass and crop species. Particular emphasis was given to identifying genetic traits that impart drought tolerance. Dr. Shekoofa's current research in the Department of Plant Sciences centers on developing an active and nationally recognized program in crop physiology with a focus on plant water saving potential. Her true passion in research lies in discovering more about the action of the environment on plant water movement, leaves stomata conductance, transpiration response, plant resistance, and resilience to environmental changes such as water and/or heat stress.

Research Questions
  • Identifying genetic traits that impart drought tolerance in row crops
  • Physiological response of crops to environmental stress such as drought, heat, high temperature and evaporative demand
  • Drought and water-saving assessment using thermal infrared (TIR) images technology in conjunction with unmanned aerial systems (UAS)
  • Optimizing irrigation efficiency in crop production
Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

PLSC 504 - Seminar
1 credit hour(s)

Presentations and discussion of topics.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.

Other Instructors: Ross, Michael | Raper, Tyson Brant | Collett, Bradford Paul | Sykes, Virginia Roseanna | Walters, Kellie Jean

Avat Shekoofa image
226 WTES Center for Agricultural Research
605 Airways Boulevard
Jackson, TN 38301
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Plant Sciences, General, Other, 2011
  • MS, Agronomy and Crop Science, Other, 2005
  • BS, Agricultural Engineering, Bu-Ali Sina University, 2001
Responsible Area(s)
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources

Avat Shekoofa

Associate Professor | Plant Sciences
Avat Shekoofa image
226 WTES Center for Agricultural Research
605 Airways Boulevard
Jackson, TN 38301
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Plant Sciences, General, Other, 2011
  • MS, Agronomy and Crop Science, Other, 2005
  • BS, Agricultural Engineering, Bu-Ali Sina University, 2001
Responsible Area(s)
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
Overview

Dr. Shekoofa's Ph.D research was focused on kernel development of maize as affected by source/sink ratio. (Her dissertation was written and presented in English.) She was a visiting scientist at Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina from 2009-2010. She conducted postdoc research at North Carolina State University (NCSU) on water stress in turfgrass and crop species. Particular emphasis was given to identifying genetic traits that impart drought tolerance. Dr. Shekoofa's current research in the Department of Plant Sciences centers on developing an active and nationally recognized program in crop physiology with a focus on plant water saving potential. Her true passion in research lies in discovering more about the action of the environment on plant water movement, leaves stomata conductance, transpiration response, plant resistance, and resilience to environmental changes such as water and/or heat stress.

Research Questions
  • Identifying genetic traits that impart drought tolerance in row crops
  • Physiological response of crops to environmental stress such as drought, heat, high temperature and evaporative demand
  • Drought and water-saving assessment using thermal infrared (TIR) images technology in conjunction with unmanned aerial systems (UAS)
  • Optimizing irrigation efficiency in crop production
Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

PLSC 504 - Seminar
1 credit hour(s)

Presentations and discussion of topics.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.

Other Instructors: Ross, Michael | Raper, Tyson Brant | Collett, Bradford Paul | Sykes, Virginia Roseanna | Walters, Kellie Jean