Dr. Tamra A. Jackson-Ziems is promoted to Professor effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Jackson-Ziems earned her B.S. at the University of Central Arkansas in Biology in 1996; she continued with her M.S. at the University of Arkansas, in the Department of Plant Pathology, which she completed in 1999; and received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences in 2005. She joined the UNL Department of Plant Pathology as an Assistant Professor in April 2005. She is responsible for statewide extension programming and research on established and emerging diseases of corn and sorghum. She is interested in applied research leading to improved disease diagnostics and management strategies to minimize loss of yield and quality.
She coordinates and leads the PLPT 891 course, Field Plant Disease Tour across Nebraska, which is offered annually and guest lectures in other courses. She has mentored 6 graduate students. Her many awards namely, 2016 Nebraska Ag Business Association Educator and Researcher of the Year Award, 2016 Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association Award for Original Programming (Individual) on “Bacterial Leaf Streak”, 2009 IANR Dinsdale Family Faculty Award, and the 2009 Distinguished New Extension Employee Award testify to her excellent program.