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Department of Plant Sciences

Dept 3354, 1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3103

Email: plantsciences@uwyo.edu

Research Interests

Dr. Carrie Eberle

Dr. Carrie Eberle

Dr. Carrie Eberle, Assistant Professor, conducts research on sustainable agronomic practices and alternative crops in both dryland and irrigated cropping systems. The objectives of cropping systems research and extension programs are to provide economic advancements to growers and promote sustainable practices throughout Wyoming. This is accomplished through research on alternative crops, alternative crop rotations, tillage management, crop water use, soil health, and incorporation of livestock into cropping systems.


Dr. Donna Harris

Dr. Donna Harris

Dr. Donna Harris, Assistant Professor, will focus her research in the area of plant breeding and genetics working on several relevant crops to Wyoming with a focus on the current and potential needs of both the producer and consumer.


Dr. Jim Heitholt

Dr. Jim Heitholt

Dr. Jim Heitholt, Professor of Crop Physiology, expects to compare genotypes of dry bean and other crops for tolerance to water stress. Heitholt plans on conducting greenhouse studies where water availability can be closely controlled as well as field studies where fully irrigated crops are compared to crops receiving only 75% of full irrigation. Heitholt intends to work with breeders to establish segregating populations of dry bean and to measure agronomic traits and physiological variables that might improve selection efficiency as opposed to selection based on yield alone.


Dr. M. Anowarul Islam

Dr. M. Anowarul Islam

Dr. M. Anowarul Islam, Professor of Forage Agroecology, offers modern and innovative research/extension programs on Forage Agronomy including: Germplasm research and evaluation for selection/cultivar development; Establishment and Best Management Practices (BMP) for profitable and sustainable forage and livestock production; Grazing management and integration with cropping systems; Establishment and incorporation of legumes into the grass systems; Alternative/multipurpose use of forages; Forage nutritive value and seed production.


Dr. Randa Jabbour

Dr. Randa Jabbour

Dr. Randa Jabbour, Associate Professor, conducts research with the overall goal to utilize ecological interactions to design sustainable agricultural systems. Specifically, she studies 1) pest management in cropping systems, 2) the effect of biodiversity and habitat heterogeneity on ecosystem services, and 3) the role of farmer decision-making in agricultural management, in collaboration with social scientists.


Dr. Andrew Kniss

Dr. Andrew Kniss

Dr. Andrew Kniss, Professor, leads a research program focusing on diverse aspects of weed management in crops. Current research themes include non-target impacts of weed management, weed seed bank ecology, crop-weed interactions, and herbicide-resistant weed management. Recent and ongoing research projects include: the effect of shade avoidance responses on sugarbeet and dry edible bean growth and development; development of a herbicide-resistant weed risk assessment tool; seed-bank ecology and management, especially of kochia (Bassia scoparia); the impact of crop rotation and tillage on herbicide-resistant weed evolution; improving weed management in sugarbeet; and impact of cover crops on dry edible bean.


Dr. Brian Mealor

Dr. Brian Mealor

Dr. Brian Mealor, Associate Professor and Director of the Sheridan Research & Extension Center, leads an extension, research and teaching program focused on: 1) investigating long-term impacts of non-native invasive weeds on native plant communities, 2) developing and improving management strategies to reduce the ecological and economic impacts of invasive weeds, and 3) actively restoring rangelands that have been degraded by invasive species. His work is done primarily in extensively-managed rangelands of the western United States. Current programmatic endeavors include: the Western Land Management Practicum (a collaborative, service-learning course with UW, Sheridan College, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, and Texas A&M University Kingsville), NEW Native Plants – selecting and developing native plant materials for the Powder River Basin, and the Northeast Wyoming Invasive Grasses Working Group – multi-partner, landscape-scale working group for strategic management of medusahead and ventenata in Wyoming.


Dr. Urszula Norton

Dr. Urszula Norton

Dr. Urszula Norton, Associate Professor of Agroecology, conducts research in the areas of both basic and applied science, concentrating on questions formed to evaluate the impact of anthropogenic or chronic disturbances on ecological underpinnings of ecosystem resiliency and sustainability. I am interested in agroecological principles governing sustainable food production in time of diminishing natural resources and environmental change and the short and long-term consequences of climate variability on ecosystems services.


Dr. Karen Panter

Dr. Karen Panter

Over the last several years Dr. Panter has studied fresh cut flower production simultaneously in a greenhouse and two high tunnels. We have found sunflowers, celosia, and calendula to be well-suited for production in these structures. Work will continue in 2018 and 2019 with several additional species of cut flowers, with funding from a Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops grant.


Dr. Bill Stump

Dr. Bill Stump

Dr. William Stump, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, directs a research program of managing plant diseases in sugarbeet, dry beans, small grains, and potatoes.


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Department of Plant Sciences

Dept 3354, 1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3103

Email: plantsciences@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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