SANS Seminar Series

Spring Seminar Series

April 11, 2024Margaret Zeigler, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on AgricultureFeeding the Americas and the World: Bridges for Agricultural Cooperation
May 2, 2024Margaret “Marnie” Pepper, USDA APHISUnderstanding and Managing Wildlife Conflicts
May 9, 2024Dr. Jonica Thompson, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection ServiceCommon Poultry Diseases on the Eastern Shore

Upcoming Seminar: April 11

Topic: Feeding the Americas and the World: Bridges for Agricultural Cooperation

SUMMARY: In the climate change quest to reach net zero, membrane separation technology provides hope.

TIME/DATE: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11 2024.
Meet the speaker: 10:30 a.m.; lite refreshments will be available.

LOCATION: Carver Hall

CONTACT: Dr. Ahmed Elnabawi at

This event is free and open to the public.


Margaret Zeigler has worked at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture since 2022. She serves as lead liaison with IICA’s partnerships in the United States and builds bridges to benefit the 34 members states.

In Washington, D.C., she has worked to advance public policies for sustainable agriculture, climate resilience and international food security.

She previously worked at the Congressional Hunger Center and at the Global Harvest Initiative now based at Virginia Tech University to promote sustainable productivity in agriculture. In 2019, she conducted research on agricultural innovation in Colombia, Peru, and Argentina. Before coming to IICA, she served as interim president of the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation.

She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in geography and international development studies from the University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and geography from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Agri-food systems and agriculture are fundamental economic activities in the Americas. The 35 countries of the Western Hemisphere account for 28% of all global agri-food exports. In many countries of the Americas, over 30% of the population is employed in agri-food production. Yet, climate change, trade disruption and challenges of human, plant and animal diseases are putting food production, livelihoods and the natural resource base at great risk. The presentation will discuss how the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation has worked to build solutions to these challenges and increasing sustainably.


Carrie A.M. Laboski, Ph.D., CPSS, research leader and soil scientist at the USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit in University Park, PA., speaks during the Dec. 6, 2023, SANS Seminar Series on Developing, Evaluating, & Refining Sustainable Nitrogen Fertilizer Rate Decisions Tools for Corn Production: A Midwestern Approach. (Photo by Todd Dudek, UMES Agriculture Communication Photographer)

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Past Seminars

Feb. 15, 2024Dr. Habilou Ouro-Koura,
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Feb. 22, 2024Dr. Aaron Persad, UMES Engineering Dept.Space Food to Space Suit
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Mar. 14, 2024Dr. Naveen Dixit, UMES SANSUMES Horticulture: Advancements in Teaching, Research and Extension
March 15, 2023Dr. Deborah SauderFirst Measurement of Ambient Air Quality on the Rural Lower Eastern Shore
April 5, 2023Dr. Jimmy W. SmithOpportunities and Challenges in International Agriculture Development
April 19, 2023Dr. Charles R. PowleyChallenges in the Analysis of PFAS in the Environment
April 27, 2023Dr. L. MahadevanMagic, Mystery, and Mathematics in the Mundane
Sept. 13, 2023Dr. Richard KaneExploring the Synthesis and Energy Storage Applications of Graphene
Sept. 20, 2023Dr. Catherine A. RichterMolecular biology in environmental science:
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Oct. 25, 2023Dr. Malinda Cecil, UMESA Food Culture Tour of the Republic of Ireland and the Challenges of Food Sustainability
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are used for wildlife management
Nov. 29, 2023Dr. Melissa A. Cregger, Oak Ridge National LaboratoryHow harnessing plant-microbe interactions builds sustainable ecosystems.
Dec. 6, 2023Dr. Carrie A.M. Laboski, USDA-ARS
Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit in University Park, PA.
Sustainable Nitrogen Fertilizer Rate Decisions Tools for
Corn Production: A Midwestern Approach
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