Dr. Girish K. Panicker is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn State University, Mississippi. His research has focused extensively on understanding how cropping and management practices affect erosion rates with a particular focus on cover-management factor (C-factor) calculation and residue management. Much of his research takes place in organic and sustainable agriculture systems. Dr. Panicker also serves as a bridge between the scientific and agricultural communities. In addition to being on The Organic Center’s Science Advisory Board he serves on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, the International Women’s Think Tank, and is a chairman for the Mississippi Academy of Sciences Agricultural Division.