About me

Jessica A. Torrion, Ph.D.
Associate Professor-Field Crop Physiology & Superintendent
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 productivity of water and nutrients. This includes determining adaptive traits and identifying best management practices of a specific environment for yield and quality.

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.


I listen a lot to Biagi, D’Arienzo, Pugliese, Trolio, Canaro, and other cool and upbeat alternative music that can be danced with Argentine Tango. Tango music (and dance), I believe, refreshes my focus and provides a personal outlet. Also, it allowed me to be actively part of a growing Tango community in Montana (and in the United States). Recently, I started DJ’ing to our local once- a-month-milonga in Kalispell, http://www.kalispelltango.com/. Care for Tanda during scientific meetings?

The below video is a nicely done alternative Tango.

Here, milonga (a social argentine tango event) is what you would normally see in a social dance. A bit more dressy than just a pair of jeans.

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