Personnel Profile

Dr. Shad Nelson, Professor and Interim Dean

Dr. Shad Nelson

Shad D. Nelson received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of California, Riverside. He was appointed to the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2001 and holds the rank of Professor and Research Scientist in the Department of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences and TAMUK Citrus Center, respectively. He currently holds the position of interim-Dean for the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.  Shad conducts research that promotes soil and water conservation in horticultural crop production. Shad is a third generation soil scientist, as his father was a professor of soil science and grandfather worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service.

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Soil Chemistry/Physics), U.C., Riverside 

M.S., Agronomy, Brigham Young University 

B.S., Horticultural Science, B.Y.U. 

Research Interests

Dr. Nelson's research interests are diverse and targeted at finding environmentally safe methods of preserving agriculture practices for future generations. Dr. Nelson's research appointment has been based out of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center located in Weslaco. His research program assists growers in finding alternative irrigation methodologies that will enable growers to produce citrus using water conservation practices. Other interests involve investigations into finding alternatives to methyl bromide use in horticultural crop production, researching crop tolerance to drought and salinity stress, fate and transport of chemicals in the environment, and improving on-farm management strategies to improve agricultural system production and sustainability.

Contact Information

Office of the Dean
Support Services Building Room 116
MSC 156 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-3712
fax: Fax: (361) 593-3713
Personal Website:

This page was last updated on: September 19, 2016