Laura Moley

Laura Moley


BioWRAP Team

Meet Laura Moley

Research Assistant Professor

Institution: Kansas State UniversityDepartment: Geography & Geospatial SciencesEmail: [email protected]

My work focuses on landscape change over time, and on ways of measuring the impact of environmental stress, and potential solutions, on humans, vegetation, soils, and water.  I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences at Kansas State University. I have a background in cultural landscapes, biogeography, water resources, and environmental history and policy in the United States. My research interests include nature-society interactions, vulnerable landscapes, rural sustainability, and community narratives.  I am the immediate past-chair of the Wetlands and Environmental Soils Division of the Soil Science Society of America.  I teach courses in Biogeography, Natural Resources, and Sustainability, and I advise students in environmental sustainability research. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, gardening, baking, and wildlife photography.



Frequently Asked Questions

We understand there are many questions you may have in regards to BioWRAP. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions that we receive.

The long-term goal is to create a locally-sourced, customizable, spray-on biopolymer-based films to serve as soil cover that can be synchronized to crop growth cycles under differing climatic conditions and applied using precision agricultural equipment. The system would also support socioeconomic resiliency, positive bioeconomic cycles, biotechnology adoption, sustainable crop production, and soil health in EPSCoR states.

Transforming biopolymers into a local material will equitably distribute the costs and benefits of biotechnology adoption by crop producers and support rural workforce development. Creating a protective, but permeable spray-on biopolymer cover will provide physical weed suppression, enable crop producers to reduce herbicide use, protect soil ecosystem diversity, effectively manage field edges, help conserve natural resources, buffer waterways from agrochemical runoff, enhance land productivity, and increase crop production resiliency.

We hypothesize that adoption of BioWRAP technology will vary by region and producer characteristics, climate conditions, soil type, and underlying preferences will lead to differential adoption across regions and cropping systems. Our team plans to assess the potential market for BioWRAP using structured group discussions in locations where producers and purchasers/retailers to gain the most accurate assessment of the market potential of biodegradable biofilm technology.

Initial testing will include corn and soybeans. Application of the product may include autonomous spray platforms as well as field scale commercial sprayers.

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