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Research Interests

Department of Plant Sciences

Research Interests

Dr. Urszula Norton


Dr. Urszula Norton, Assistant 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. M. Anowarul Islam

Forage Agronomy

Dr. M. Anowarul Islam, Associate 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. Vivek Sharma

Irrigation/Agriculture Water Management

Dr. Vivek Sharma, Assistant Professor, Irrigation Specialist leads the University of Wyoming Irrigation Program. His research and extension program focuses on Agricultural Water Management with emphasis on Optimization of water and nutrient use efficiency using sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, irrigation management based on soil and plant water status, Evapotranspiration, Crop Water productivity and Impact of Climate variables in Agricultural Productivity. In addition, other focus area includes application of remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for greater understanding and decision making in agricultural sustainability and water resources.

Disease Management

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.

Dr. Andrew Kniss

Weed Management

Dr. Andrew Kniss, Assistant Professor, leads a research program focusing on sustainable weed management in agronomic crops, especially sugarbeet, winter wheat, corn, and dry beans.

Dr. Dan Tekiela

Weed Management

Dr. Dan Tekiela leads extension and research programs aimed to better understand the ecology, impact, and management of invasive plants.  Specifically to 1) develop tools to assist in both better prediction and detection of new invasions, 2) identify ways to foster healthy plant communities that are resistant to invasion, 3) quantify the ecological and economic impacts of invasive plants, and 4) create management and prioritization tools to reduce the negative impacts imposed by invasions.

Dr. Jim Heitholt

Drought Tolerance

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. Karen Panter

Cut Flower Production

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. Carrie Eberle

Agronomy and Cropping Systems

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.

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Department of Plant Sciences

Dept. 3354

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3103

Fax: (307)766-5549


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