Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Alexis Gillmore

Programming and Events Committee


I'm studying soil science at UTIA to learn more about how biodegradable plastics affect agricultural soil health. I want to do research that values the knowledge of farmers and helps them make better, scientifically grounded decisions for their farms that promote ecosystem sustainability.


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,Knoxville, TN

Ph.D. student in Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (soils)Aug. 2019 -present

  • USDA-NIFA funded investigation of nanoplastics and soil health

Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

B.S. in Chemical Engineering Aug. 2015 -May.2019

  • Minors in green engineering, chemistry, and math
  • Sustainable agriculture practicum: farm design, management, organic vegetable production

Professional Service

Soil Science Society of America Madison,WI

Grad student member Oct. 2019 present

  • Mentorship and networking opportunities among allied societies (crop science and agronomy)
  • Presentation at the SSSA 2020 virtual meeting

Soil Science Society of America LGBTQ+ Affinity group Madison,WI

Member Nov. 2020 -present

  • Founding member who edited and ratified the group constitution
  • Educational and visibility organizing to create space for LGBTQ+ students and professionals in agriculture

Awards and Recognitions

2020      UTK Herbert College Haxelwood Scholarship ($500) Knoxville, TN

2019      UTK Herbert College Graduate Fellow ($1250) Knoxville, TN

2019      Virginia Tech Deans List for 6/8 semesters   Blacksburg, VA

2016      VT CEED Academic Achievement scholarship ($1000)  Blacksburg, VA

Contact Information