Tala Awada

Tala Awada

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Title Associate Dean Agricultural Research Division and Associate Director Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station
Address 807 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0968
Phone 402-472-7088
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail tawada2@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Tala Awada, professor of plant ecophysiology in the School of Natural Resources.

I teach in the areas of forest and grassland ecology and plant ecophysiology. I am particularly interested in studying the responses of plants and ecosystems to environmental stresses and climate change. Such studies are necessary to better understand and manage our ecosystems.

The main focus of my research has been on determining the ecological impacts of woody species expansion into semi-arid grasslands and riparian areas in Nebraska. I have been conducting several studies on the functional characteristics of dominant grasses, trees and shrubs in Nebraska and the Great Plains. A number of my graduate students have also been focusing on the development of broad-spectrum stress-tolerant plants. In addition to my work in Nebraska, I have been collaborating with several researchers in Greece to determine the impacts of climate change on Mediterranean pine forests.

Treking along the Nea kameni volcano in Santorini-Greece

Treking along the Nea kameni volcano in Santorini-Greece

Selected Publications

Msanne, J., Awada, T. N., Schacht, W., Drijber, R., Okalebo, J., Wedin, D. A., Brandle, J. R. 2017. Ecophysiological control of native invasive woody Juniperus virginiana to resource availability and stand characteristics in the semi-arid grasslands of the Nebraska Sandhills. Photosynthetica, 55: 219-230. Online
Mykleby, P., Lenters, J., Cutrell, G., Herrman, K., Istanbulluoglu, E., Scott, D., Twine, T., Kucharic, C., Awada, T. N., Soylu, M., Dong, B. 2016. Energy and water response of a vegetated wetland to herbicide treatment of invasive Phragmites australis. Journal of Hydrology. 539:290-303. Online
Nguy-Robertson, A., Brinley-Buckley, E., Suyker, A., Awada, T. N. 2016. Determining factors that impact the calibration of consumer-grade digital cameras used for vegetation analysis. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37(14):3365-3383. Online
Bihmidine, S., Bryan, N.M., Payne, K.R., Parde, M.R., Okalebo, J.A., Cooperstein, S.E., and Awada, T. 2010. Photosynthetic performance of invasive Pinus ponderosa and Juniperus virginiana seedlings under gradual soil water depletion. Plant Biology. 12: 668 - 675. Online
Eggemeyer, K.D., Awada, T., Harvey, F.E., Wedin, D., Zanner, R. and Zhou, X. 2009. Seasonal Changes in depth of water uptake for encroaching trees Juniperus virginiana and Pinus ponderosa and two dominant C4 grasses in a semi-arid grassland. Tree Physiology. 29:157-169. Online
Rupe, A.D. and Awada, T. 2008. Results of a twenty-two year old progeny test of a Pinus sylvestris plantation in eastern Nebraska. RURALS 3(1): art 3. 1- 17. Online
Awada, T. and Josiah, S. 2007. Physiological responses of four hazelnut hybrids to water availability in Nebraska. Great Plains Research 14:193-202. Online
Zhou, X.H., Brandle, J.R., Schoeneberger, M.M. and Awada, T. 2007 Developing above-ground biomass equations for open-grown multiple-stemmed tree species: Shelterbelt grown Russian-olive. Ecological Modelling 202: 311-323. Online
Eggemeyer, K.D., Awada, T., Wedin, D., Harvey, F.E. and Zhou, X. 2006. Ecophysiology of two native invasive woody species and two dominant warm-season grasses in the semiarid grasslands of the Nebraska Sandhills. International Journal of Plant Sciences 167: 991-999. Online
Eggemeyer, K.D., T. Awada, D.A. Wedin, F.E. Harvey, and X. Zhou, 2006. Ecophysiology of Two Native Invasive Woody Species and Two Dominant Warm-Season Grasses in the Semi-arid Grasslands of the Nebraska Sandhills, International Journal of Plant Sciences, 167(5):991-999. Online
Kochsiek, A., Ciganda, V., Bryan, N., Hite, L. and Awada, T. 2006. Ecophysiological responses of Schizachyrium scoparium to water and nitrogen manipulations. Great Plains Research 16: 29-36. Online
Samartzidis, C., Awada, T., Maloupa, E., Radouglou, K. and Constantinidou, H. 2005. Rose productivity and physiological responses to different substrates for soil-less culture. Scienta Horticulturae 106: 203-212. Online
Awada, T., Dunigan, D.D. and Dickman, M.B. 2004. Animal anti-apoptotic genes enhance recovery from drought stress in tobacco. International Journal of Agriculture and Biology 6: 943-949. Online
Awada, T., Henebry, G.M., Redmann, R.E. and Sulistiyowati, H. 2004. Picea glauca dynamics and spatial pattern of seedlings regeneration along a chronosequence in the mixedwood section of the boreal forest. Annals of Forest Science 61:789-794. Online
Nguy-Robertson, A., Buckley, E.M., Suyker, A., Awada, T. N. 2016. Determining factors that impact the calibration of consumer-grade digital cameras used for vegetation analysis. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37:3365-3383. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon, Agricultural Engineering (1992)
  • MS - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece, Environmental and Renewable Resources (1995)
  • PhD - University of Saskatchewan, Physiological Plant Ecology (2000)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Areas of Interest

  • Grasslands and forest ecology
  • Plant ecophysiology
  • Leaf gas exchange
  • Water relations in plants
  • Plants and microclimate
  • Ecology
  • Agroecosystems
  • Riparian Ecosystems
  • Ecophysiology
  • Resilence
  • Biodiversity
  • Invasive Species
  • Population Dynamics
  • Urban Forestry
  • Wetland Ecosystems

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Great Plains Agroecosystems Carbon Flux
Starting Date 9/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Tala Awada
Co-PIs
Erickson, Galen
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 8/31/2020
Funding Level $40,000.00
Funding Source USDA - ARS

 
Grant Title Investment in Photosynthetic Infra-red Gas Analyzers (LI-6800) to Support Interdisciplinary Teams
Starting Date 4/20/2016
Principal Investigators
Tala Awada
Co-PIs
Clemente, Thomas
Schnabi, James
Cahoon, Edgar
James Schnabl
Ending Date 7/31/2016
Funding Level $110,700.00
Funding Source ARD Strategic Funds

 
Grant Title Carbon Flux from Great Plains Agroecosystems Associated with the ARS LTAR Network (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 2/19/2016
Principal Investigators
Tala Awada
Co-PIs
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 8/31/2020
Funding Level $100,000.00
Funding Source USDA-ARS

 
Grant Title Carbon Flux from Great Plains Agroecosystems Associated with the ARS LTAR Network
Starting Date 9/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Tala Awada
Co-PIs
Galen Erickson
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 8/31/2020
Funding Level $80,000.00
Funding Source U. S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service

 
Grant Title University of Nebraska-Lincoln / Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Liaison (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/31/2014
Principal Investigators
Charles Hibberd
Co-PIs
Tala Awada
Susan Williams
Ending Date 9/30/2017
Funding Level $20,771.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Addressing Soil Property Issues
Starting Date 4/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Xu Li
Co-PIs
Tala Awada
Humberto Blanco
Martha Mamo
Walt Schacht
Ending Date 9/30/2015
Funding Level $86,034.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Roads

 
Grant Title NDEQ Liaison for Coordination of Water Quality Education Programming in Nebraska (additional funding)
Starting Date 11/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Charles Hibberd
Co-PIs
Tala Awada
Susan Williams
Ending Date 9/30/2017
Funding Level $187,560.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Role of Forbs and Shrubs in Semi-arid Grasslands of Nebraska Sandhills
Starting Date 5/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Tala Awada
Ending Date 4/30/2010
Funding Level $30,000.00
Funding Source University of Nebraska-Lincoln Foundation

 

Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Grassland Ecology & Management
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology
  • Bio-Atmospheric Interactions

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology
  • Bio-Atmospheric Interactions

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 399 Independent Research X X X X n/a
NRES 406 Plant Ecophysiology: Theory and Practice X AGRO/HORT/WATS 406/806
NRES 496 Independent Study X X X X NRES 896
NRES 806 Plant Ecophysiology: Theory and Practice X AGRO/HORT/WATS 406/806