Marcus Duck teaches several classes and interacts with students outside the classroom
Duck joined Michigan State University in 2002 and currently serves as an advisor and instructor in the Department of Horticulture. He has a passion for watching his students grow and network with other students and faculty in the industry.
Marcus Duck started his college experience at Central Alabama Community College where he could live at home while working full-time to earn the money for college and other living expenses. After earning his Associate's Degree there, he transferred to Auburn University where he earned his BS Degree in Horticulture (Landscape Design, Construction, and Management). He took a break from school for a few years to gain more industry experience before coming to Michigan State University to earn his MS Degree in Horticulture.
His first horticultural job was working in the Wal-Mart garden center during high school and college. During his time at Auburn University, he completed an internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL working on the Integrated Pest Management team. After graduating from Auburn, he moved to Birmingham, AL to work for Landscape Services, Inc. He started on their pest management crew, fertilizing residential and commercial landscapes, as well as applying fungicides, insecticides, etc. He then transitioned to managing their estate gardening program, where he mostly worked on high-end residential properties: pruning, enhancement plantings, weed management, irrigation scheduling and maintenance, annual/perennial plantings/maintenance, and much more.
He came to Michigan State to earn his MS degree. As he was finishing up my research projects and thesis work, the position of Program Coordinator for the Horticulture Certificate programs came open. He has been in this position since he graduated from MSU in 2002.
He currently teaches HRT 207 Horticulture Career Development (with Susan Gruber), HRT 213/213L Landscape Maintenance, HRT 214 Landscape & Turfgrass Business Operations (new course for me starting Spring 2021), HRT 218/218L Irrigation Systems in Horticulture, and AT 293 Professional Internship in Ag Tech. He also created and taught the majority of the course content for HRT 206 Training & Pruning Plants (Spring 2005 to Spring 2019).
He enjoys working with all of our students. He's able to get to know them well in the courses he teaches, as co-coach of our NALP National Collegiate Landscape
Competition team, and through his involvement with the Student Horticulture Association. He hopes to be actively involved with keeping our Horticulture certificate and undergraduate programs as one of the best in the country!