Sustainable Agronomy
School of Agribusiness and Agriscience
Middle Tennessee State University
Song Cui

Assistant Professor of Agronomy
School of Agribusiness and Agriscience
PO Box 5
HC 102
Middle Tennessee State Universtiy
Murfreesboro, TN 37132 
Phone: 615 898 5833 
Email: song dot cui at mtsu.edu

I am a broadly trained agronomist with expertise in crop physiology, forage production, simulation modeling, soil and boundary layer flux (CO2, water vapor, and greenhouse gases) measurements, and large-scale agroecosystem studies addressing issues such as water sustainability and climate change. Particularly, I am interested in developing decision support tools for soil and water management of agricultural crops in site-specific management and integrating machine learning techniques into advanced agronomic research domains, including remote sensing, bioinformatics, plant growth/ecological modeling, irrigation scheduling, and big-data analysis in agriculture. Furthermore, as an agronomist by training, I enjoy conducting variety trials and cropping system research on major field crops and forages in different agroecosystems.

Current Research Interests:

*Bioinformatics focusing on RNA-seq analysis in domestic animals
*Integrated cropping systems, greenhouse gas emission, and plant growth modeling
*Agricultural remote sensing using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
*Agricultural climatology using eddy covariance systems
*Machine learning (SVM, RVM, and etc) based big data interpretation

Education:

Ph.D. Crop Science (2011) Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
M.S. Computer Science (in progress), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
B.S. Agricultural Science (2006), Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China

Experience:

Postdoctoral Research Associate (October 2012 - July 2013), Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Vernon, TX.

News:

*Paper: “Adaptive hierarchical support vector machine for fast and accurate taxonomy assignments from 16S rRNA sequences” has been submitted
*Grants: Our USDA grant on UAS and its application in agriculture has been funded
*Grants: A collaborating USDA grant with UTK on agricultural water use efficiency has been funded
*Paper: “Yield, quality, and spectral reflectance responses of cotton under subsurface drip irrigation” has been published in Agronomy Journal

Curriculum Vitae