Stephen is a Professor with Oregon State University Department of Crop and Soil Science and based at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center. He is the Dryland Cropping Systems Agronomist for the semiarid Northcentral and Northeast Oregon. His responsibilities include establishing research priorities, developing and executing comprehensive research leading to more sustainable dryland cropping systems in semiarid eastern Oregon. Stephen conducts cropping systems research to develop economically and biologically sustainable agricultural practices for cereals, legumes, and new crops. Specific research work includes but is not limited to crop rotations, long-term experiments, soil organic matter, alternate crops, drought tolerance/resistence and disease interactions, site-specific farming, organic farming, and biochar. His main carrier interests are in solving agricultural problems to ensure sustained food production and to alleviate hunger in the world without adverse effects to the environment.