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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)


Dan Devlin, Director

Dr. Dan Devlin is an agronomy expert with more than 30 years of experience at Kansas State University.  He is Director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE) and the Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI), where he applies a unique agricultural perspective to research coordination, extension, and teaching initiatives pertaining to new and emerging environmental issues. Dr. Devlin also manages the Kansas Fertilizer Research Program and serves as the research and extension leader for the university’s participation in the Ogallala Aquifer Research Program.

Dr. Devlin specializes in Great Plains agriculture: his work analyzes the impact of climate change on grazing systems in the southern Great Plains, the sustainability of the Ogallala Aquifer, pesticide surface and ground water movement, watershed planning, and best management practices for soil erosion and pesticide usage.  In addition to this work, he has developed and delivered educational programs to farm and non-farm audiences on environmental quality subject matter (such as climate change, ground and surface water contamination, watershed planning and modeling, drinking water, and cropland and livestock best management practices).

In this capacity, Dr. Devlin has served as Principal Investigator or co-PI on over $31 million in extramural funding while at KSU. He has made over 1000 presentations and authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, experiment station publications and abstracts, and extension publications.

Dr. Devlin received his B.S. in Agronomy from Kansas State University in 1979, and he remained at KSU for a M.S. in Agronomy, which he received in 1983.  He was awarded his Ph.D. in agronomy from Washington State University in 1985. 

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Susan Metzger, Associate Director

Susan Metzger joins the KCARE team as the Associate Director, and also works as the Senior Executive Administrator to the Dean/Director of K-State’s College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

In her KCARE leadership role, Susan will use her considerable experience to help secure and administer funding for the Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI), the Fertilizer Research Fund, the Ogallala Aquifer Program, and others. She will work closely with the KCARE team of Watershed Specialists to support their efforts to improve water quality throughout the state and their work with Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) projects. She also will represent KCARE with local, state and federal agencies and help coordinate work with water and soil conservation issues associated with increased cotton acres in Kansas. Susan will be part of the leadership team coordinating the Crops and Livestock portion of the Kansas Water Plan research committee.

Susan has broad experience representing Kansas State University and Kansas Agriculture. Before her work at K-State, she was the Deputy/Assistant Secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, where she served the farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses of Kansas and assisted in the development and delivery of tools to grow the state’s agricultural economy. Prior to that, she was the Chief of Planning and Policy for the Kansas Water Office, where she was the team leader in the development and implementation of the Long-Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas.

Susan received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, and was awarded a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Old Dominion University.

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Susan Pope Brown, Research Assistant

Susan Brown works as a research assistant for KCARE. Her responsibilities include updating the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) watershed plans, creating ArcGIS watershed maps, and assisting the program’s watershed specialists. In addition to this work, Susan submits annual reports for Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI) and organizes the annual grant proposals for the National Institute of Water Resources (NIWR).

Susan has been at K-State, and specifically at KCARE, for 13 years. Prior to this, she worked as a research associate for the Forage Quality Lab at the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station in Franklinton, Louisiana. Susan was also a research associate for the Agronomy and Dairy Wastewater Treatment research projects at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Stephenville, Texas. She has her B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and a M.S. degree in Animal Nutrition from K-State.

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Randy Griffith, Grants Specialist

Randy Griffith is the grants specialist for KCARE. His responsibilities include the day-to-day financial management of awards as well as the KCARE accounts.

He has worked at K-State for 35 years in various departments, but Randy’s connection to K-State began as a student when he received a B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing). His previous professional experience includes positions in the Admissions Office, Global Campus, Financial Services, and the College of Engineering. He has been with KCARE for 15 years.

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Melissa Harvey, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Melissa Harvey joined the KCARE team as a marketing and communications specialist in 2017. She is responsible for developing materials for print and online publication, writing articles for the KCARE website, and working with faculty and staff to write any other articles for publication. This is Melissa's first position at K-State, but she has worked as a writer and communications coordinator at the University of California, Davis, as well as a consulting science writer and editor at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.  She also has eight years of experience as an English and math teacher in the U.S. and in England. Melissa received her B.A. in English, from Washington and Lee University, in Virginia.

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Amber Campbell, Lead Grant Specialist and Project Manager

Dr. Amber Campbell is the lead grant specialist and project manager for the Great Plains Grazing project, a multi-institutional research endeavor combining the efforts of dozens of scientists to study the impacts of weather, climate variability, and climate change on beef cattle production. In her role, Amber collaborates with the KCARE director on project management, administration, and implementation. She works closely with the project’s partners and personnel to meet project goals and outcomes. Amber also writes reports, journal manuscripts, and prepares grant proposal narratives for Great Plains Grazing.

Amber has been with KCARE since 2015, and with K-State for six years. Before joining KCARE, she worked as a project coordinator for the Kansas NSF EPSCoR Climate Change Mitigation project and the Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership. Amber graduated with a B.S. in anthropology from K-State, and went on to receive both her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at K-State.

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Amanda Schielke, Extension Assistant

Amanda Schielke has been with KCARE for over eight years as an extension assistant. She writes grants and reports for four state watershed specialists, and she also works on Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) Nine Element Plans. In addition to these responsibilities, she assists with water monitoring data analysis for the Little Arkansas River WRAPS group.

Amanda grew up on a farm in southeast Kansas implementing best management practices for conservation. This formative experience led her to the University of Kansas, where she graduated with a B.S. in Organismal Biology. Since then, she has focused her attention on water conservation and environmental programs on both the county and district level.

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