PULLMAN, Wash. – In December 2008, Nature named agroecologist and WSU alumnus Jerry Glover one of five “crop researchers who could change the world.”
In June 2010, he was listed among National Geographic’s “Emerging Explorers,” a group of 14 “uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists, photographers and storytellers,” whose early career work is making a significant contribution to world knowledge.

Glover earned a bachelor’s of science in soil science at WSU in 1997, a bachelor’s of arts in philosophy in 1998 and a doctorate in soil science in 2001.

His research developing perennial versions of annual crop plants will have an enormous impact on sustainable agriculture, confronting societal issues of food shortage as well as the environmental problems stemming from current farming practices.


As science becomes increasingly collaborative and global, Glover’s broad worldview has proven vital to his work with fellow researchers and colleagues and to advancing his career. The policy fellowship fully employs his interdisciplinary background and is renewable for another one to two years.

“Maybe at one point in the past science was an individual working on a very specific problem,” Glover said. “Now it’s very collaborative . . . especially where you are dealing with agriculture. Philosophy has really helped me to connect the dots of these different issues—from technology to people to our natural environment—so, in that regard, I feel it’s just been indispensable.”
The combination of liberal arts and science, Glover said, has also been crucial throughout the years to collaborating on agendas and “moving the ball down the field.”

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