College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Gregory Bonito Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Mycology, plant-fungal interactions, truffle ecology, evolution of bacterial endosymbiosis in fungi.
Agricultural Industries Coordinator - Education, Agricultural Technologies, Professional Internships
University Distinguished Professor
Director of MSU AgBioResearch; Assistant Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies
Erin Burns Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Integrated weed management with emphasis on practices to mitigate the development and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.
Jan Byrne Ph.D.
Plant Pathologist, Academic Specialist - Plant disease diagnosis. Disease management. Evaluation of abiotic factors that affect plant health.
Kim Cassida Ph.D.
Forage Extension Specialist
Regis Chikowo Ph.D.
Martin Chilvers Ph.D.
Karen Cichy Ph.D.
Associate Adjunct Professor - Dry bean breeding /genetics emphasizing seed quality, including human nutritional, processing quality and consumer acceptance.
James Cole Ph.D.
Director Ribosomal Database Project
Julie Cotton M.S.
Program Coordinator, Instructor, and Advisor for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and Ecological Food and Farming Systems programs
James Crum PhD
Professor - Turfgrass Management.
Senior Specialist-Manager: Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory
Brad Day Ph.D.
Professor; Associate Department Chair for Research
Frank Dazzo Ph.D.
David Douches Ph.D.
Professor; Director of MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics Program
Eunice Foster Ph.D.
Professor - Student recruitment and development; K-20 STEM Education; formerly research in Crop Physiology
Kevin Frank Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Extension Turf Specialist - Turfgrass nutrition, winter injury, and irrigation.
David Gilstrap Ph.D.
Senior Academic Specialist - Sports and Commercial Turf Management Education.
Susan Gruber M.S.
Undergraduate Advisor and Instructor
Andrey Guber Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Soil physics, soil hydrology and modeling water flow, solute and microbial transport in soils.
C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture; Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Food Systems
Ray Hammerschmidt PhD
Professor - Physiology and biochemistry of resistance and disease; induced resistance to disease; potato disease
Linda Hanson Ph.D.
Research Plant Pathologist and Adjunct Associate Professor - Focus on soil-borne pathogens, particularly fungi, sugar beet and rotation crops, diversity and interaction w/ cropping systems.
Mary Hausbeck Ph.D.
Associate Chair for Administration; University Distinguished Professor; Extension Specialist
Erin Hill Ph.D.
Weed Science Diagnostician- Diagnosis of herbicide injury, resistance and abiotic stress
Amor V.M. Ines Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Climate & agriculture, remote sensing for agriculture & water mgmt, vadose zone hydrology, agri-modeling, data assimmilation.
Krista Isaacs Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - International Seed Systems, International agriculture.
Andrew Jarosz Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Disease epidemiology; ecology and evolution of plant pathogens.
Taylor Johnston Ph.D.
Professor - Crop production, crop ecology, agronomic pedagogy. Undergraduate academic advisor.
James Kells Ph.D.
Department Chairperson - Weed Science, Perennial Weed Biology and Management.
James Kelly Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor - Dry bean breeding and genetics, for yield, plant architecture, processing quality, drought tolerance and disease resistance.
Alexandra Kravchenko Ph.D.
Professor - Soil spatial variability at scales from micro-aggregates to landscapes; statistical and geostatistical methods of data analysis.
Richard Lenski Ph.D.
Hannah Professor - Microbial ecology, genetics and evolution; evolution of pathogen virulence; experiments with ‘digital’ organisms.
Hui Li Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental and Soil Chemistry
Potato Extension Specialist - Applying potato related research to real world agriculture.
Mitch McGrath Ph.D.
Adjunct USDA Professor - Developing enhanced sugar beet germplasm and discovering genes of agronomic importance for sustainable crop production.
Emily Merewitz Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Plant physiologist; abiotic & biotic stresses of turfgrasses and crop species; whole-plant, biochemical, & molecular techniques.
Jessica Miesel Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Fire ecology; ecosystem ecology; forest ecology and management; pyrogenic carbon; biochar; soil ecology and biogeochemistry
Timothy Miles Ph.D
Assistant Professor - Extension Specialist for diseases of blueberries, grapes, hops and other berry crops.
Amirpouyan Nejadhashemi Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Sustainable decision-making using watershed/water quality models
Thomas Nikolai Ph.D.
Senior Turfgrass Academic Specialist - Golf Course Putting Green mechanical and cultural practices, turfgrass health.
Eric Olson Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Wheat Breeding and Genetics
Donald Penner Ph.D.
Professor - Weed science & crop physiology; herbicide selectivity, action & metabolism in crops and weeds. Fate of herbicides in soils.
Dennis Pennington M.S.
Wheat Systems Specialist
Steve Pueppke Ph.D.
Director, MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Global and Strategic Initiatives
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Karen Renner Ph.D.
Professor - Integrated weed management including weed seed fate and diversified cropping systems influence on weed dynamics.
G. Philip Robertson Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor
John Rogers III, Ph.D
Professor, Coordinator - Sports Turf and Golf Turf Management Programs; Turfgrass Research - Golf course renovations
Joan Rose Ph.D.
Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair in Water Research; Professor; Co-Director, Center for Water Sciences and Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment
Noah Rosenzweig Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Plant Pathology; Ecology of plant-associated soil microbes.
Academic Specialist, Entomologist, Diagnostic Services
Assistant Professor - Tree diseases - detection, identification, pathogenicity and population analysis, and improving tree health - phytobiome approach.
Annemiek Schilder Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Diseases of small fruit crops; mycology; integrated disease management
Maninder Singh Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems Agronomy
Alvin Smucker Ph.D.
Professor - Soil biophysics; soil water and ion fluxes within aggregates and macropore flow, soil water quality, soil carbon sequestration.
Sieglinde Snapp PhD
Professor - Soils and Cropping Systems Ecology
Christy Sprague Ph.D.
Kurt Steinke PhD
Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management
George Sundin Ph.D.
Professor - Plant bacteriology; host pathogen interactions; fruit tree disease management; bacterial plasmid biology; microbial evolution.
Brian Teppen Ph.D.
Kurt Thelen Ph.D.
Michael Thomashow Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor; MSU Foundation Professor
Addie Thompson Ph.D.
James M. Tiedje Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor; Director of MSU Center for Microbial Ecology
Lisa Tiemann Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Soil Biology - Soil ecology and biogeochemistry; mechanisms of soil organic matter formation and microbial controls on soil nitrogen cycling.
Frances Trail Ph.D.
Professor - Mycology; host-pathogen interactions.
Joseph Vargas Ph.D.
Professor - Fungicide resistance; disease management; biological control; chemical control and breeding; epidemiology.
Dechun Wang Ph.D.
Academic Specialist, Nematode Diagnostician
Cholani K. Weebadde Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Plant Breeder for International Programs
Jaime Willbur Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Integrated disease management in potato and sugar beet production
Wei Zhang Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental and Soil Physics.
Postdocs and Visiting Scholars
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