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Gary Pierzynski

Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry and Head, Department of Agronomy

Kansas State University






Gary Pierzynski has been head of K-State’s Department of Agronomy since 2007, serving as interim department head for a year prior to his appointment, and also served as Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Interim Director of K-State Research and Extension from March 2010 until August 2012. Pierzynski is past-president of the Soil Science Society of America. He is a professor of soil and environmental chemistry and a member of the K-State faculty since 1989.

Pierzynski is an active researcher who has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on issues related to plant nutrient management and remediation of contaminated sites and soils. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in soil chemistry from the Ohio State University.