Valentini Pappa (Google Scholar)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and Academic Program Coordinator of the Master of Science in Energy at Texas A&M Energy Institute, Texas AM University, College Station, Texas.
Dr. Pappa is an environmentalist whose work addresses key scientific issues in agro-ecosystems and global environmental change. She has a broad knowledge of current global challenges and strong experience and background in teaching. Dr. Pappa’s primary areas of interest include agro-environmental science, carbon sequestration, water and energy management, climate change focusing on greenhouse gas measurements and mitigation in agricultural systems. She works to make significant contributions in the environmental sector by combining existing knowledge to improve methodologies and data analysis, by examining key legumes and arable crops under different farming systems, including biochar, and focusing on three major issues: i) methods to manage and sustain soil food production; ii) ways to use fewer inputs to protect the environment and iii) the use of modelling approaches to predict and make case scenarios for profitable routes. Her work on these issues is intended to lead to further project developments, involving regional production systems, novel food and non-food uses of crops, establishment of new inventory data on the environmental intensity of arable production systems, efficient use of energy and water nexus for the maximum food production, and land use/soil management to reduce environmental pollution. Dr Pappa has a strong passion for teaching and mentoring future agriculturalist and environmentalists and currently teaches the Global Energy Future module at the Energy Institute’s MSc in Energy Program. Pappa holds a PhD and MSc in Geoscience from the University of Edinburgh, UK (2009). Her undergraduate work was at the Faculty of Agriculture, H.T.E.I. of Epirus, Greece (2004).