Adam H. Sparks

A plant disease epidemiologist, ecologist and GIS geek by schooling, cat herder by experience. I grew up herding cats on a small dairy farm in central Indiana. Later I moved to Nebraska and ended up settling in Kansas where I honed my cat herding skills on the Great Plains. Now I live in the Philippines where I'm currently employed by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, where I conduct field experiments to help develop recommendations for rice farmers to use, focusing on future production systems. I also develop and use epidemiological models and link them with GIS for spatial representations of crop health issues and to study the effects of climate change on plant diseases and pests.

I tend to use R for my work if I can, if I can't, I figure out how to.

In my spare time I like to travel, drive Jeepneys, host cocktail parties and practice photography.