Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett

Professional Profile

Professor, University of Kentucky, 2009 - Present

Weed Science Society of America’s liaison to the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, 2013 - 2017

Department Chair, Plant and Soil Sciences Department, University of Kentucky, 1999-2009

Professor, University of Kentucky, 1997-1999

Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 1989-1997

Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, 1983-1989

Assistant Professor/State Extension Specialist, Weed Science, Michigan State University, 1980-1983


Ph.D. Botany, University of California, Davis, 1980

M.S. Plant Science, University of Connecticut, 1976

B.S. Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts, 1974

Participated in ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Training Program, 2002

Six month sabbatical leave in the laboratory of Dr. Francis Durst at the Insitut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes of the Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg, France, 1992

Additional Information


Wine has been produced and enjoyed for thousands of years. It can play an important role in culture, business and social events. While appreciation of wine can be as simple as whether you like a wine, knowledge of the history of wine, aspects of wine aromas and tastes, wine grapes, and winemaking processes opens up a world of deeper enjoyment for experiencing wine. This course will introduce students to these topics plus the major wine  producing areas of the world and their wines. The overall goal of the course is to serve as a first step in a life-long journey of learning about and appreciating wines. Prereq: Students must be 21 years of age to enroll.