About me


Jessica A. Torrion, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor-Field Crop Physiology
Northwestern Ag Research Center, Montana State University
jessica.torrion@montana.edu; 406-755-4303

My research focus is on abiotic factors of crop production with the goal of increasing farm input efficiency of water and nutrients. This includes determining adaptive genotypes and identifying best management practices of a specific environment.

I have a newly acquired love for cats (I was a dog person prior). During my first year as a faculty here at Montana State Univ, my temporary summer employees found three kittens near the nitrogen use efficiency research plots. They were barely a week old. Two of my summer employees adopted the two, and one was adopted by Shana in MSU-Bozeman. A month later, one of the summer employees called and said, “Please adopt Flin.” It never worked out for her. His name now, D3, is after the field name where he was found. He definitely is the king of the household.


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”- Aristotle

The below quote is my postdoc mentor’s (Jim Specht) favorite one.

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice, there is” – Yogi Berra
Updated (March 3, 2016)
Yuri-second kitty. No more.



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