Our Team

External Advisory Board | Research Team | Extension and Outreach Team | Education  Team | Principal Investigators | Graduate Fellows | Teacher Mentors | SBAR Alumni

The SBAR team has experienced engineers, plant scientists, educators, and extension professionals working to optimize the production of guayule and guar to enable the Southwest to significantly impact biofuels and other high-value markets. Many team members work in multiple project components, which ensures a more integrated project approach. The team meets annually at the University of Arizona to review accomplishments and chart future strategies and specific annual goals.


 

Advisors

Chris Cassidy

USDA Rural Development

Matthew Chavez

Independent Grower

Steve Csonka

Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)

Mark DeDecker

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Gary Deen

Independent Grower, Double D Farms Partnership

Bill Goldner

USDA NIFA

John Holladay

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Chris Kuzdas

Environmental Defense Fund

Homer Marks

Southwest Indian Agriculture Association

Newt McCarty

NM Cooperative Extension

Jaroy Moore

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center

Alex Muravijov

Guar Resources

Paco Ollerton

Independent Grower, Tierra Verde Farms

Matt Payne

West Water Research, Inc.

Bob White

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Research Team

Avery Luna

USDA–Agricultural Research Service

Hussein Abdel-Haleem

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Principal Investigator

Sangamesh "Sangu" Angadi

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Matt Armijo

New Mexico State University

Austin Banks

Colorado State University

Hengameh Bayat

New Mexico State University

Sultan Begna

New Mexico State University

Geneva Ben

New Mexico State University

Pratima Bhandari

New Mexico State University

Catherine E. Brewer

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Kyle Brown

University of Arizona

Kale Burke

University of Arizona

Nico Carrero-Little

New Mexico State University

Pedro Castillo

New Mexico State University

Connor Chaney

University of Arizona

Yongjian Chen

University of Arizona

Feng Cheng

New Mexico State University

Von Mark Cruz

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Mostafa Dehghanizadeh

New Mexico State University

Kamel Didan

University of Arizona

David Dierig

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Principal Investigator

Stefan Dittmar

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Niu Dong

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Chen Dong

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Barry Dungan

New Mexico State University

Tristan Dunton

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Diaa El-Shikha

University of Arizona

Blase Evancho

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Neng Fan

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Leonel Fournier

New Mexico State University

Ryan Fullerton

New Mexico State University

Alonso Garcia

New Mexico State University

Saba Gill

New Mexico State University

Saba Gill

New Mexico State University

Harmony Glover

USDA–Agricultural Research Service

Kulbhushan Grover

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Leslie Gunatilaka

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Paul Gutierrez

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Erin Gutierrez

New Mexico State University

F. Omar Holguin

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Doug Hunsaker

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Trinh Huynh

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Jackie Jarvis

New Mexico State University

Umakanta Jena

New Mexico State University

Aaron Judkins

University of Arizona

Sita Khanal

New Mexico State University

Alix Knagg

New Mexico State University

Kelly Laje

New Mexico State University

Amy Landis

Colorado School of Mines

Principal Investigator

Jessica Ledesma

University of Arizona

Myles Lewis

University of Arizona

Manping Liu

University of Arizona

Patrick Lohr

University of Arizona

Amber Lynch

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Raina Maier

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

William "Bill" McCloskey

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Colleen McMahan

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Principal Investigator

VeeAnder Mealing

Colorado School of Mines

Hasti Mozaffari

New Mexico State University

Julie Neilson

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Kimberly Ogden

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Lia Ossanna

University of Arizona

Bryan Pastor

University of Arizona

Livvi Pearson

University of Arizona

Alexandra Peck

University of Arizona

Dante Placido

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Grisel Ponciano

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Rusell Prock

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Jason Quinn

Colorado State University

Principal Investigator

Dennis T. Ray

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Mariano Resendiz

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Channah Rock

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Laura Rodriguez-Uribe

New Mexico State University

Alix Rogstad

University of Arizona

Rodrigo Rosalez

New Mexico State University

Juan Salas

University of Arizona

Carl Schmalzel

University of Arizona

Clark Seavert

AgBiz Innovations, LLC

Principal Investigator

Ujala Sehar

New Mexico State University

Rebecca Sheng

University of Arizona

Jagdeep Singh

New Mexico State University

Nicolas Soliz

New Mexico State University

Evan Sproul

Colorado State University

Grant Stoner

New Mexico State University

Theresa Sullivan

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Hailey Summers

Colorado State University

Aaron Szczepanek

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Trent Teegerstrom

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Victoria Valenzuela

New Mexico State University

Brandon Vera

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Peter Waller

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Sam Wang

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Bob White

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

April Wright

New Mexico State University

Ya-ming Xu

University of Arizona

Daniel Zuniga-Vazquez

University of Arizona

Extension and Outreach Team

Rowen Allen

New Mexico State University

Sangamesh "Sangu" Angadi

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Sultan Begna

New Mexico State University

Pratima Bhandari

New Mexico State University

Catherine E. Brewer

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Ken Cazarez

New Mexico State University

David Dierig

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Principal Investigator

Blase Evancho

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Alonso Jr. Garcia

New Mexico State University

Adah Gellis

New Mexico State University

Kulbhushan Grover

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Paul Gutierrez

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

O. John Idowu

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Sita Khanal

New Mexico State University

Taylor Levi

University of Arizona

Michael Mares

New Mexico State University

William "Bill" McCloskey

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Julie Miller

New Mexico State University

Nick Morris

University of Arizona

Kimberly Ogden

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Mohammed Omer

New Mexico State University

Darien Pruitt

New Mexico State University

Channah Rock

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Laura Rodriguez-Uribe

New Mexico State University

Alix Rogstad

University of Arizona

Jagdeep Singh

New Mexico State University

Trent Teegerstrom

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Victor Velazquez

New Mexico State University

Peter Waller

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Bob White

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Stevi Zozaya

University of Arizona

Education Team

Catherine E. Brewer

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Sara Chavarria

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Mostafa Dehghanizadeh

New Mexico State University

O. John Idowu

New Mexico State University

Principal Investigator

Corey Knox

University of Arizona

Kimberly Ogden

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Darien Pruitt

New Mexico State University

Alix Rogstad

University of Arizona

Rodrigo Rosalez

New Mexico State University

Paramveer Singh

New Mexico State University

Margaret Strand

Camino Real Middle School, New Mexico

Jacob Usrey

New Mexico State University

Victor Velazquez

New Mexico State University

Ali Yaylali

University of Arizona

Teacher Mentors

Valentina Andrew

Saguaro National Park Environmental Education, Arizona

Cathy Bradley

Sierra Middle School, New Mexico

Jaime Camero

Walter Douglas Elementary School, Arizona

Priscilla Fischback

Apollo Middle School, Arizona

Felecia Hinton-Causey

Santa Rosa Ranch School, Arizona

Traci Klein

Valencia Middle School, Arizona

Tracie Mikesell

Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy, New Mexico

Margaret Strand

Camino Real Middle School, New Mexico

Melissa Wilburn

Quail Run Elementary School, Arizona

Graduate Fellows

Mostafa Dehghanizadeh

New Mexico State University

Darien Pruitt

New Mexico State University

Rodrigo Rosalez

New Mexico State University

Paramveer Singh

New Mexico State University

Jacob Usrey

New Mexico State University

Ali Yaylali

University of Arizona

SBAR Alumni

Ram Acharya

New Mexico State University

Sarah Acquah

New Mexico State University

Milagro Adom

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Nick Ashley

University of Arizona

Sheyla Aucar

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Meshack Audu

New Mexico State University

Valerie Bailey

New Mexico State University

Megan Bennett

University of Arizona

Nick Bisley

University of Arizona

Daniela Cabrera

University of Arizona

Matthew Canonizado

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Nicolas “Nico” Carrero-Little

New Mexico State University

Adrianna Chambers

Central Arizona College (Project Puente intern)

George Chong

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

German Coronado

University of Arizona

Amber Dearstyne

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Pragnya Eranki

Colorado School of Mines

Krista Farmer

University of Arizona

Miguel Flores

New Mexico State University

Sarah Fox

New Mexico State University

Thomas Gloria

New Mexico State University

Daryan Godfrey

University of Arizona

Chloe Gonzalez

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.; Project Puente intern

Befekadu Habteyes

New Mexico State University

Matthew Harmon

University of Arizona

Stephanie Honeker

University of Arizona

Jack Johnson

Colorado State University

Pujan Kafle

University of Arizona

Kasia Kiela

University of Arizona

Travis Le-Doux

New Mexico State University

Greg Leake

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Taylor Levy

University of Arizona

Jasmine Lopez

University of Arizona

Esai Lopez

New Mexico State University

Gerardo Lopez

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Alberto Lorenzo

New Mexico State University

Sicilee Macklin

New Mexico State University

Celestina Marinez

University of Arizona, Project Puente intern

Cesar Martinez-Bejarano

New Mexico State University

Wenzhe Mi

Salpointe Catholic High School (Project Puente intern)

Istvan Molnar

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Madison Montes

University of Arizona

Sa’Rae Montoya

New Mexico State University

Kyle Moore

New Mexico State University

Andrew Nelson

University of Arizona

Jasmine Paquin

New Mexico State University

Duke Pauli

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator

Shaira Perez

University of Arizona

Sam Pernu

University of Arizona

Kaavya Polisetti

New Mexico State University

Camila Prieto

New Mexico State University

Lucas Ramirez

New Mexico State University

Jaspreet Rekhi

University of Arizona

Joram Robbs

New Mexico State University

Kimberly Salinas

New Mexico State University

Nathan Schavz

New Mexico State University

Tarah Schuman

New Mexico State University

Peter Skelton

New Mexico State University

Kyra Skuse

Chandler High School (Project Puente intern)

Ana Lucia Soto

University of Arizona, Project Puente intern

Ou Sun

University of Arizona

Stephen Taylor

New Mexico State University

Mira Theilmann

University of Arizona

Mira Theilmann

University of Arizona

Christine Toering

University of Arizona

Brian Treftz

New Mexico State University

Justin Valdez

New Mexico State University

Gianni Velasco

University of Arizona

Gloria Vill Barbosa

University of Arizona

Quinn Waltz

University of Arizona

Stephanie Willette

New Mexico State University

John Willmon

University of Arizona

Scott Woolf

New Mexico State University

Jocelyn Zhu

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (summer intern)