College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
MSU Foundation Professor
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 Innovation
Erin Burns, PhD
Assistant Professor - Integrated weed management with emphasis on practices to mitigate the development and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.
Jan Byrne, Ph.D.
Plant Pathology Diagnostician
Kim Cassida, Ph.D.
Forages and Grazing Educator
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.
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 & Faculty Coordinator of MSU Plant and Pest Diagnostics
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
Amor V.M. Ines, Ph.D.
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.
James Kells, Ph.D.
Professor; Chair, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
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-Holm, 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; soil ecology and biogeochemistry
Laura Miles, M.S.
Molecular Diagnostics and Outreach
Timothy Miles, Ph.D
Assistant Professor - Extension Specialist for diseases of blueberries, grapes, hops and other berry crops.
Amirpouyan Nejadhashemi, Ph.D.
University Foundation Professor
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
Dennis Pennington, M.S.
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 Trey 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.
Howard Russell, M.S.
Insect / Arthropod Diagnostician
Maninder Singh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems Agronomy
Sieglinde Snapp, PhD
Professor - Soils and Cropping Systems Ecology
Christy Sprague, Ph.D.
Kurt Steinke, PhD
Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management
Brian Teppen, Ph.D.
Kurt Thelen, Ph.D.
Michael Thomashow, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor; MSU Foundation Professor
Addie Thompson, Ph.D.
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.
Fred Warner, M.S.
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
Michigan State University
Michigan State University
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