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Plant Sciences M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate Programs

Department of Plant Sciences

Graduate Studies

Plant Sciences Graduate Program Specializations:
  • Agroecology
  • Forage Agronomy
  • Horticulture
  • Native Plant Propagation
  • Plant Pathology
  • Specialty Crop Production
  • Weed Science
Agronomy Graduate Students
Recent and Current Graduate Projects:
  • Eco-efficiency of glyphosate-resistant and conventional sugarbeet production systems
  • The effects of shade avoidance responses on sugarbeet yield
  • Water use and water use efficiency associated with organic production practices
  • Establishing forage legumes in the High Plains
  • Legume-grass mixtures for reducing nitrogen fertilizer needs
  • Influence of glyphosate herbicide on disease severity in sugarbeet
  • Potential for managing iron deficiency in dry bean with grass intercrops
  • Potential for using forage kochia as a reclamation tool in disturbed areas
  • Best management practices for preventing downy brome invasion on recently burned rangelands

Our goal is to provide students with an applied education that emphasizes the functional relationships between the broad array of scientific disciplines required to produce crops in a sustainable manner. We define sustainable agriculture as utilizing production practices that meet the needs of today, while not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Development and application of sustainable production practices requires a breadth of knowledge about how these practices influence other aspects of the agroecosystem. Agronomy Graduate StudentsA graduate degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Wyoming will equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain fulfilling positions in academia, industry, or the public sector.

Faculty in the Department of Plant Sciences have diverse expertise in the areas of pest management (weed science & plant pathology), horticulture (plant propagation, turf management, & landscaping), and crop development and production (plant breeding, biofuels, forage science, variety development, water management, and environmental monitoring). Most of our faculty are based on the main Laramie campus, but we have a significant presence at the Research and Extension Centers near Lingle, Powell, and Sheridan. The Plant Sciences faculty prides itself on our approach to graduate education and the individualization of graduate programs. We have high expectations of ourselves as well as our students. We view graduate education as a collaboration between our faculty and our graduate students. We feel this approach is critical to developing students into scientists.

Agronomy Graduate Student and FacultyGraduate students are considered members of the Department of Plant Sciences, and as such they are expected to contribute to the mission of the department in the areas of teaching, research, and extension. Research conducted in our department should be made available to our stakeholders through many communication channels. Therefore, it is expected that graduate students present the results of their research at extension field days or other venues when appropriate. Writing research results for distribution in the form of extension publication is also a common expectation of graduate students in our department. These writing and presentation experiences will help develop skills that will be valuable for the student regardless of their chosen career path.


Click here to view the Graduate Student Handbook, which includes a New Graduate Student Packet and the latest Thesis and Dissertation Guide.

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Department of Plant Sciences

Dept 3354, 1000 E University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3103


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