Brandon Merrill

Philadelphia, PA, USA
ERP softwareIntermediate JapaneseMS Office proficiencyWindows and Linux OS proficiency

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Career Overview

My focus is on Controlled Environments Agriculture (CEA). I have worked in greenhouses as well as indoor vertical farms. I focus on resource-use efficiency, with a heavy emphasis on nutrient uptake of various crops.


Farm Management: crop scheduling and crop inspection

Inventory management

Worker management and training

Workflow optimization

Farm cost analysis

Nutrient solution evaluation and customization

Analysis and use of nutrient management for various crops.

Design of systems for microgreens, leaf lettuce, and specialty crops.

Experienced in growing food crops in controlled environments: tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, and leaf greens such as lettuce, spinach, herbs, and microgreens.

Understanding of plant internals and expected reactions to environmental variables.

Public speaking: gave both Japanese-language and English language tours.

Translation of Japanese research papers as well as editing of English papers.

Experience with managing controlled environments in three different natural environments: Arizona, Japan, Canada.

Class instructor

Experience with automated sensor control via GUI or manual programming.



Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Certificate for Produce Safety

Certificate of Completion: Advanced Nutrient Management for Container-Grown Crops

Emergency First Aid training



Merrill, Brandon (et al.). In Pessarakli, Mohammad (Ed.), Handbook of Photosynthesis, CRC Press; 3rd edition (March 25, 2016), Chapter 42:779-796, 2016.


2006-2011 B.S. Plant Science, minor is Japanese Language at University of Arizona

09/09-08/10 Study Abroad, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan


09/2017-05/2018 Head Grower at Oasis Biotech
11/2016-06/2017 Greenhouse Manager at Gotham Greens
09/2014-06/2016 Systems Consultant at Truleaf Sustainable Agriculture
01/2013-08/2014 Techincal Assistant at Chiba University

40% appointment as Technical Assistant
60% appointment as Technical Staff (below)

01/2013-04/2014 Technical Staff at Japan Plant Factory Association

40% appointment as Technical Assistant (above)
60% appointment as Technical Staff