Plant and Entomological Sciences
Faculty: Steven Alm, Jose Amador, Rebecca Brown, Richard Casagrande, Will Green, Marian Goldsmith, Albert Kausch, Roger LeBrun, Brian Maynard, Lenore Martin, Nathaniel Mitkowski, Evan Preisser, Bridget Ruemmele, Michael Sullivan
Specialization Coordinator: Marta Gomez-Chiarri
Our research involves a wide range of managed ecosystems such as farms, golf courses, landscapes, roadsides, and peri-urban natural areas. We conduct research in the sustainable management of plant-soil systems, as well as on the control of insect pests, plant diseases, and invasive plant species. Our students specialize in the academic disciplines of agronomy, horticulture, plant genetics and breeding, plant pathology, economic entomology, comparative genomics of insects, insect biocontrol, and soil health. Examples of research topics include vegetable production for local markets, forages for pasture-based livestock systems, turfgrass management, roadside soils and vegetation, woody and herbaceous plant propagation, new plant selection and propagation, permaculture, plant pathology, control of plant pests, insect-plant interactions, and using insects for biocontrol of invasive plant species.