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Dr. Shad D. Nelson, Dean

Professor, Soil, Plant and Water Sciences

Shad D. Nelson received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of California, Riverside. B.S. in Horticulture Science and M.S. in Agronomy from Brigham Young University, Utah.  He worked three years with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Gainesville, Florida and Fresno, California prior to being appointed to the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2001 in the Department of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences.  He currently holds the rank of Professor and serves as the Dean for the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  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 US Geological Survey.

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 the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment, and improving on-farm management strategies to improve agricultural system production and sustainability.

Dr. Shad D. Nelson, Dean