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Amy Hilske

Greenhouse Director

Amy Hilske is the Greenhouse Director at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Amy has expertise in growing a wide range of agronomic crops; corn, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, camelina, rice, arabidopsis, etc., in greenhouse and growth chamber applications. Amy is responsible for, in coordination with the University of Nebraska Agricultural Research Division and the UNL Plant Growth Facilities Faculty Advisory Committee, the operation of all greenhouse and shared plant growth chamber facilities across City, East and Nebraska Innovation Campuses. Previous to her current position, Amy managed UNL's George W. Beadle Greenhouse where she grew and managed genetically modified agronomic research crops for over 10 years. She has worked in greenhouse environments since 1994 as well has participated in undergraduate and graduate instruction.

Amy grew up on century owned family farm in southeast Minnesota. She earned her Master's Degree in Horticulture from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. Amy is also a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Vincent Stoerger

Plant Phenotyping Facilities Manager
Vincent Stoerger is the Plant Phenotyping Facilities Manager at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Vincent is responsible for operating and maintaining the LemnaTec plant phenotyping systems at the Innovation Campus greenhouse and the Beadle greenhouse. He has experience performing molecular and physiological experiments on several species of plants including arabidopsis, sugar beets, rice, soybeans and miscanthus. He has mechanical experience with hydroponic plant growth systems, automobile and motorcycle maintenance, machining and welding. Vincent grew up in a small farming community in central Illinois. He earned a PhD in Botany specializing in Plant Molecular Biology at Colorado State University and has a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Bachelors of Arts from Southeast Missouri State University.
Jeff Witkowski

Jeff Witkowski

East Campus Greenhouses Manager

Jeff started his position as Greenhouse Manager located on East Campus in the fall of 2015. Previously Jeff had worked in the Agronomy Horticulture Department with Turfgrass Research for 25 years. Jeff received his Bachelors of Science in Horticulture with a Business Minor from UNL. During his spare time, Jeff enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

 

Troy Pabst

Troy Pabst

Greenhouse Innovation Center (NIC) Manager

Troy manages the new greenhouse complex located on Nebraska Innovation Campus. Troy has worked for the University for 18 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Nebraska. Troy is a First Sergeant in Nebraska Army National Guard and enjoys traveling, working on his acreage, and Farmall tractors.

Donn Ladd

Donn Ladd

Plant Pathology Greenhouse Manager

Donn has been the Greenhouse Manager and the Computer Support Person for the Plant Pathology Department at UNL for 31 years. Donn has a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University. Donn’s hobbies are plant breeding and computer building.

Cole Weston

Cole Weston

Greenhouse Technician at Plant Pathology & AHG 3

Cole is a Greenhouse Technician on East Campus and primarily assists with managing the Plant Pathology & Horticulture Greenhouses.  You can find him making the daily watering rounds, building greenhouse benches, or suited up for the occasional pesticide application.  Cole has a Bachelor’s degree in Turfgrass and Landscape Management from UNL.  When not in the greenhouse, he enjoys going for runs, landscape work, and watching the Royals.

Kandy Hanthorn

Kandy Hanthorn

Beadle Center Greenhouse Technician

Kandy is a Greenhouse Technician at the Beadle Center Greenhouses.  She assists with watering & maintenance of plant material, planting of daily research material as well as needed class material, and assisting researchers and students.  Kandy received her Bachelor’s degree in horticulture with an emphasis on Landscape Design from UNL. When she is not at work, she likes to spend time with family, crocheting and needlepoint, and fishing & hunting.

David Orr

David Orr

AHg2, AHG4, & Teaching Houses Technician

David Orr is a Greenhouse Technician at the East Campus Greenhouses.  He assists Jeff with greenhouse pesticide applications, soil mix preparation, lighting installation, and preparing greenhouse class materials for teaching lab projects. During his free time he enjoys camping, fishing, and traveling with friends and family.

Brent Benes

Brent Benes

East Campus & Beadle Center Technician

Brent is an Greenhouse Technician at the Beadle and East Campus Greenhouses. His main duties include upshifting plants, making soil mixes, watering and fertilizing, and ensuring materials are prepared for researcher use. He received his Associates of Applied Science from Southeast Community College in Agriculture Business and Management Technology with an emphasis in Horticulture. He is currently working toward his Bachelors degree in Horticulture at UNL. Brent is a Sergeant First Class in the Nebraska Army National Guard and enjoys being outdoors, landscaping, and spending time with his family.