AREAS OF INTEREST
The main objective of my program is to develop integrated weed management programs for Kentucky's grain crop producers that combine physical, biological, and chemical management tactics. More integrated methods will help to lessen reliance on chemical weed management while also managing herbicide-resistant weeds and slowing the evolution of new resistant weeds. My research currently addresses how weeds and weed seeds in the soil respond to practices like cover cropping and reduced tillage.
- Ph.D. Horticulture (Ecological Food and Farming Specialization), Michigan State University, 2014
- M.S. Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (Sustainable Agriculture Program), University of Maine, 2004
- B.S. Biology, George Washington University, 1997
PLS 404 INTEGRATED WEED MANAGEMENT. (4) A study of weed management concepts based on the integration of weed biology and ecology data with cultural, biological, and herbicidal control. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Prereq: PLS 386.
PLS 490 TOPICS IN PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE. (3) A capstone course for majors in Plant and Soil Science to be taken near the conclusion of the student’s academic career. The course provides the student the opportunity to integrate knowledge acquired in previous courses in the plant and soil science and support areas. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving, synthesizing and integrating information, critical thinking, group activities, and written and oral communication. Instructional methods may include formal lectures, laboratories or supervised individual research. The specific nature of the course depends upon the student’s Area of Emphasis within the Plant and Soil Science major. All topics offered will be approved by the Undergraduate Education Committee in the Area of Emphasis. Prereq: Senior in Plant and Soil Science.
PLS 531 FIELD SCHOOLS IN CROP PEST MANAGEMENT. (2) A course for the Plant Pest Management option in Plant and Soil science to reinforce the concepts of pest management learned in previous courses. Emphasis will be placed on integrating information to develop pest management strategies. Instructional methods will include formal lectures and laboratories in the field. Prereq: ENT 300 or ENT 310 or ENT 320; PLS 404 and PPA 400G; or consent of instructor.