Dr. Michael Aide received his Ph.D. in soil chemistry from Mississippi State University (1982) and a baccalaureate degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has been an educator and agronomic researcher at Southeast Missouri State University since 1982. His research interests involve the growth and development of rice in integrated systems involving soil fertility, water management, integrated pest management. Rice research has permitted his travel to southeastern Asia, Ventral American and Egypt. Dr. Aide has also investigated the usage of rare earth elements in soils, particularly attempting to utilize them to indicate parent material uniformity and their fate/transport. Professional affiliations include the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Soc. America and is a certified professional soil scientist.