The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Gregory Evanylo, Virginia Cooperative Extension specialist and a professor of crop and soil environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for his Extension programming and applied research on composting, nutrient management, and waste by-product application effects on soil and water quality.
Evanylo specializes in the effects of by-products of agricultural, industrial, and municipal activities on nutrients such as nitrogen and organic matter such as carbon in soil. Composted residuals are a particular interest. Evanylo and his colleagues research the effects of such by-products on plant health, soil properties, greenhouse gas generation, and water quality in both natural and disturbed soils.
Future research Evanylo intends to undertake involves the issue of climate change. The work will include the assessment and development of strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration from land receiving organic by-products amendments.
During his career Evanylo has received many honors, including the Rufus Chaney Award from the U.S. Composting Council, the Mid-Atlantic Water Program Les Lanyon Leadership Award, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Certificate of Recognition, and the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.
He has written more than 120 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and Extension publications. He provides leadership at the international, national, state, and local levels and has presented research results and Extension programs at national and international conferences and workshops.
He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. In addition to ASA and SSSA, he is active with the Water Environment Federation and the U.S. Composting Council.
Evanylo received his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.