Dr. Twain Butler

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Terrestrial Water & Carbon Dynamics
Forage Agronomy Laboratory
Noble Research Institute
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Ph.D. | Agronomy | Texas A&M University, College Station, TX | 2000
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Dr. Twain Butler holds a Ph.D. in agronomy and is a professor and research agronomist at the Noble Research Institute. He is a member of the OK NSF EPSCoR Track-1 RII Award titled Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma. The $20 million EPSCoR research project is a social science-led, multi-disciplinary collaboration among social, physical, biological, engineering, and computational scientists. More than thirty researchers from across the state are working together on the project, which began July 1, 2020.

Dr. Butler's research interests focus on best management practices and remote sensing tools for the new cultivars developed by Noble Research Institute forage breeding programs. The applied research emphasis is on the establishment, management, production, and economics of grazing tall fescue, bermudagrass, wheat, and alfalfa systems. He and his co-researchers at NRI are also developing sensor systems to predict biomass yield and crude protein, with the goal of increasing the efficiency of the breeding programs and developing management tools for producers. The goal of optimizing forage systems could provide year-round grazing that could decrease feed, hay, and nitrogen fertilizer costs, resulting in increased profits for livestock producers and environmental benefits.

Dr. Butler's work supports the OK NSF EPSCoR project's Focus Area 2: Terrestrial Water & Carbon Dynamics (TWCD)The TWCD focus area is central to the wicked problems facing Oklahoma because of conflicting policy narratives that shape concerns about carbon management and risks associated with landscape management practices (e.g., wildfire risks). At the same time, linkages across the TWCD and other focus areas provide opportunities to engage key stakeholder groups in discussions addressing both problem definition and potentially sustainable solution sets. Land use/carbon cycle issues play this crucial role because of the interactions among terrestrial ecosystems and carbon and water cycling, which are in turn integral components of the other impact domains addressed in this research project.

Learn more about the OK NSF EPSCoR research project.

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