Sharon K. Papiernik is the Research Leader of the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Brookings, SD. She served on the AGRO Executive Committee from 2010-2013, on the Awards Committee since 2011, and as Division Secretary since 2013. She was an active member of the 13th IUPAC Pesticide Congress Organizing and Scientific Programming Committees, co-organizing a symposium on emerging issues in pollinator health. She has served in numerous AGRO volunteer activities.
Sharon earned her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Morris and her Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Nebraska. She has 20 years of research experience with the USDA-ARS in the fate and transport of organic compounds in soil and water. Her research provides critical information for the development of agricultural management practices that protect soil and water quality and maintain crop productivity.
She has authored or co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications. Recently, Sharon was named a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. She was also a member of a team that developed an ASTM-certified test for the permeability of agricultural films, which received a 2013 Federal Laboratory Consortium Outstanding Partnership Award and the 2015 USDA-ARS Technology Transfer Award for the Pacific West Area.
In addition to her leadership within USDA-ARS, Sharon is active in the American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America (ASA/CSSA/SSSA), the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and the International Soil Tillage Research Organization