Anabelle Laurent

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Iowa State University


I am a postdoctoral research associate in the department of Agronomy at Iowa State University in the Miguez's lab . My research interests lie in the area of on-farm research and crop production. I enjoy combining statistical analysis and data visualization to make outcomes accessible to a broader audience. For my postdoc, I work on a project titled “FACT: WebBased Dynamic Data-Analytics Framework for OnFarm Research Networks”.

Since September 2019, I am co-leading R Ladies Ames with Xiaodan Lyu. Indeed, I really like giving workshops and making tutorials about R coding.

In my spare time, I enjoy baking & cooking, spending time outdoors (walking, biking), making craft, and drawing.


  • Crop modeling
  • On-farm research
  • Data visualization
  • Experimental design


  • PhD in Crop Production & Physiology, 2017 to 2020

    Iowa State University & INRA France

  • Master's Degree in sustainable agriculture, 2012

    Ecole Supérieure d'Agriculture (Angers, France)



Postdoc research associate

Iowa State University

Feb 2021 – Present Iowa
Responsibilities include:

  • Crop modeling
  • Analyzing on-farm surveys data
  • Data visualization
  • Shiny web-app

PhD student

Iowa State University & INRA

Jan 2017 – Dec 2020 Iowa
Responsibilities include:

  • Crop modeling
  • Frequentist & Bayesian analysis
  • Data visualization

Research engineer

INRA UMR Agronomie

Jan 2013 – Dec 2016 France
Responsibilities include:

  • Meta analysis
  • Site-specific yield prediction
  • Monitored a network of agricultural trials
  • Cropping system design and ex-ante assessment

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Data Visualization Workshop

In this workshop, we will talk about Data Visualization. This workshop is not focus on programmation but students would have a chance to make plots using the R package Esquisse (no coding experience required)

Write a CV with R Pagedown

In this workshop, I will introduce some tips and tricks for building a CV with pagedown. This workshop is expected to be a hands-on workshop. Participants would have a chance to build their own “baby” resume.

Create a personal website with Blogdown like what we did

A personal website is an incomparable platform for building your online profile and showcasing your amazing work (research or other interesting stuff). Blogdown is a popular R package developed for producing a static website from R Markdown documents. Even if you are currently using GitHub pages for your personal website, you might be interested in this talk after reading this post by Yihui. In this talk, we’ll introduce some tips and tricks for building a personal website with Blogdown based on our own experience. This talk is expected to be a hands-on workshop (something fun and meaningful to do during quarantine). Participants would have a chance to build their own “baby” website and deploy the website online with Netlify!
It would be helpful if you register a Netlify account and master some basics about GitHub and Markdown in advance. You can be even more prepared and start to work on your own website now by following this tutorial written by Annie. That’s how Anabelle created her own website!


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On-farm trials reveal significant but uncertain control of botrytis cinerea by Aureobasidium pullulans and potassium bicarbonate in organic grapevines

Botrytis cinerea, a fungal pathogen that causes gray mold on grapes, can decrease yield, substantially reduce wine quality, and …

Interactive Web-based Data Visualization and Analysis Tool for Synthetizing on-farm Research Networks Data

The on-farm research network concept enables a group of farmers to test new agricultural management practices under local conditions …

Going beyond mean effect size: Presenting prediction intervals for on-farm network trial analyses

The aim of on-farm research is to identify and test a new technology, product or management practice (e.g. more efficient seeding rate, …


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