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

Department of Plant Sciences

Graduate Studies

Plant Sciences Graduate Program Specializations:
  • Crop Science
  • Weed Science
  • Agroecology
  • Forage Agronomy
  • Plant Pathology
  • Horticulture
  • Specialty Crop Production
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Recent and Current Graduate Projects:
  • Leafy spurge seed production, germination, and vegetative propagule potential in a riparian ecosystem
  • Specialty cut flower production and pollinator visitation in protected environments
  • Nutrient cycling of organic winter wheat agriculture in semi-arid environments
  • Effect of garden soil amendments on plant uptake of heavy metals
  • Investigating Cercospora Leaf Spot biology and management in sugarbeets
  • Effects of harvest timing on alfalfa weevil
  • Alfalfa response to phosphorus and potassium in association with calcium, magnesium, and harvest time
  • Effects of Ventenata removal on rangelands of northeast Wyoming
  • Ancient wheat production in Wyoming: effect of location, irrigation, and nitrogen on crop growth, yield, and quality
  • Effect of winter wheat cover crop termination time on dry bean production


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. Bibek & MicahA 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.

Ali in greenhouseRaksha_ExtensionGraduateHannah 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.


Contact Us

Department of Plant Sciences

Dept. 3354

1000 E University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3103


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