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IFA Science Awards Winner
06 Mar 2021

Dr. Pauline Welikhe

Dr. Pauline Welikhe’s research has focused on evaluating phosphorus (P) losses in tile-drained agricultural systems that can help contribute to improved nutrient conservation practice recommendations. She developed environmental indices that can be routinely used to estimate the potential for P loss from fields and applied artificial intelligence to help model P input-output relationships in complex agricultural systems for which there is currently limited understanding.

Dr. Welikhe’s research has helped to show how to reduce phosphorus loss to the environment by moving from focusing on contemporary phosphorus sources only to prioritizing both contemporary and legacy phosphorus sources when determining best management practices. Dr. Welikhe is a Research Scientist at Phospholutions, a U.S.-based startup company.