Faculty Profile for Dr. Nicole Catherine Wagner

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Dr. Nicole Catherine Wagner
Assistant Professor — Department of Agricultural Sciences
AG 206
phone: (512) 245-2130

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Wagner’s career spans 16 years of academic, government and nonprofit research, and analysis in the fields of cropping (and horticulture) systems, precision agriculture, statistics, international trade and agricultural commodity forecasting. Upon completing her Ph.D., Dr. Wagner became a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Crop Assessment Analysis in Washington D.C. In this position she forecasted the production of the major agricultural commodities of all South American countries, with an emphasis on Brazil and Argentina. In 2006, she became an International Economist at USDA in Washington D.C. where she developed briefing materials for and organized Cabinet and senior executive-level meetings in Washington D.C. and abroad concerning agricultural trade policy issues, with an emphasis on NAFTA. In 2008, Dr. Wagner was a member of the U.S. government’s delegation to the United Nations "High-Level Conference on World Food Security". In 2014, Nicole joined Texas State University's Office of Research Development, and in 2015 she began teaching in the Department of Agriculture.

Research Interests

hydroponic cropping systems, urban agriculture, STEM education concerning agricultural systems

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Wagner, N. C., Morrish, D. G., & Juarez, M. (2021). Identifying the influential factors, benefits, and challenges of hydroponic shipping container farm businesses:  a snapshot of farmers’ perceptions. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1–8. https://doi.org/doi:10.1017/S1742170521000211
  • Wagner, N. C., Morrish, D. G., & Juarez, M. (2021). A feasibility study of hydroponic shipping container farms in schools: identifying the influential factors, benefits, and challenges. NACTA, 65, 224–232.
  • Waliczek, T. M., Wagner, N. C., & Guney, S. (2020). The willingness to pay for a specialty blend compost product developed from Sargassum sp., brown seaweed, harvested from coastal regions in Texas. HortTechnology, 30(3), 337–345.
  • Jasieniuk, M., Taper, M., Wagner, N., & Maxwell, B. (2008). Selection of a barley yield model using information-theoretic criteria. Weed Science, 56(4), 628–636.
  • Wagner, N. C., Maxwell, B., Taper, M., & Rew, L. (2007). Developing an empirical yield-prediction model based on wheat and wild oat (Avena fatua) density, nitrogen and herbicide rate, and growing-season precipitation. Weed Science, 55(6), 652–664.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Applied Arts Service Award, Texas State University. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Applied Arts Teaching Award, Texas State University. 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Applied Arts Teaching Award, Texas State University. 2018
  • Award / Honor Nominee: College of Applied Arts Teaching Award, Texas State University. 2017

Selected Grants

  • Omana Sudhakaran, Pratheesh O (Principal), Wagner, Nicole Catherine (Co-Principal). Economic Analysis of Organic Hydroponic System, Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $16000. (Funded: January 1, 2020 - Present). Grant.
  • Asiabanpour, Bahram (Principal), Wagner, Nicole Catherine (Co-Principal), Huertas Pau, Maria (Co-Principal). Bluewater: A Smart Circular Economy for Integrated Organic Hydroponic-Aquaponic Farming to Empower an Underrepresented Workforce, USDA HSI Education Program, Federal, $249985. (Submitted: January 2020). Grant.
  • Wagner, Nicole Catherine. Developing Innovative Crop Inputs while Recovering Food Waste and Addressing Market Opportunities, College of Applied Arts, $5000. (Funded: September 2019 - August 2020). Grant.
  • Wagner, Nicole Catherine. Increasing Sustainability in Hydroponics by Recovering Food Waste and Addressing Market Opportunities, Texas State College of Applied Arts Learning Communities Grant Program, Texas State University, $5000.00. (Funded: September 2018 - September 2019). Grant.
  • Asiabanpour, Bahram (Principal), Wagner, Nicole (Co-Principal), Mix, Kenneth D. EverGreen: A Cross-Disciplinary Research-Based Education Program for Hispanic Students at the Food-Water-Energy Intersection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal, $1000000. (Funded: September 2016 - June 2021). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Graduate Advisor
September 2018-Present
Member
Website committee
April 2019-Present
Member
Agriculture Science Advisory Committee at Austin Community College
2018-Present
Organizer
Learning Outcomes for M.S. program
August 2018-Present
Member
Bobcat Bounty Steering Committee-Texas State Student Food Pantry
January 2018-Present