Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Dr. Shad Nelson, Department Chair and Professor of Horticulture/Soil Science


Shad D. Nelson received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of California, Riverside. He was appointed to the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2001 after working as a postdoctoral research assistant for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Gainesville, FL and Fresno, CA. He currently holds the rank of professor and serves as the chair of the Department of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Nelson teaches and conducts research in agronomy and horticultural sciences. Dr. Nelson was born in California, but he was raised in Utah. He is a third generation soil scientist his—father is a professor of soil science and grandfather worked for the 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 holds a 25 percent research appointment 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. He collaborates on projects with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in environmental engineering, geosciences, genetics and plant pathology and physiology researching seedling tolerance of native plants to saline soils, horticultural pepper crop breeding and phytochemical analysis, citrus resistance to cold and pathogens, nitrogen leaching and mitigation of groundwater contamination, and the application of computer programs in agricultural systems management.

Contact Information

Agriculture, Agribusiness & Environmental Sciences
MSC 228 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-3953
fax: Fax: (361) 593-3788
email: shad.nelson@tamuk.edu
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This page was last updated on: October 07, 2014