Current Faculty

Professor, Biology
Research Interests: Ecology and evolution of insect-plant interactions
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

B.S., Brown University, 1993
Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 2000
Postdoctoral, University of Arizona, 2000-2001

Peter Alpert
Professor, Biology
Research Interests: Ecology of plant invasion, resource capture and utilization by clonal plants.
Research Area(s): Evolution and Ecology
Education:

B.A., Oxford University, 1974
M.A., Harvard University, 1977
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982

Dr. Wes Autio
Director, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and Professor
Research Interests: Cropping and economic efficiency of fruit trees on various rootstocks and under different cultural management systems
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Horticulture, B.S. (summa cum laude), 1979.
University of Massachusetts, Plant & Soil Sciences, M.S., 1982, Ph.D., 1985

Anne Averill
Professor, Environmental Conservation
Research Interests: Insect pollinators and pollination services in managed ecosystems
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D. 1985, University of Massachusetts

Dr. Allen Barker
Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Plant nutrition
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

B. S.  University of Illinois, 1958
M. S.  Cornell University, 1959
Ph. D.  Cornell University, 1962

Dr. Madelaine Bartlett
Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Interests: Evolution of plant development; Molecular evolution
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology, Evolution and Ecology
Education:

B.S., University of the Witwatersrand, 2004
Ph.D., University of California Berkeley, 2010

Postdoctoral
Brigham Young University, 2010 - 2013

Dr. Tobias Baskin
Professor, Biology
Research Interests: Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology
Education:

B.Sc., Yale, 1980
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1986

Postdoctoral

University of California, Berkeley 1987-1990
Australian National University, 1990-1992

Magdalena Bezanilla
Professor, Biology
Research Interests: The role of the actin cytoskeleton in the morphogenesis and development of plant cells
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology
Education:

B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994
Ph.D., John's Hopkins School of Medicine, 2000

Postdoctoral

Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, 2000
Washington University, St Louis, 2000-2005

Dr. Prasanta Bhowmik
Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Biology of invasive weeds, allelopathy, integrated weed management
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D.  in Weed Science (1981), University of Wisconsin, Madison
M. S.  in Weed Physiology (1970), University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
M. Sc.  in Agronomy (1966), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
B. Sc.  (Ag.) Hons. (1964), University of Kalyani (BCKV), West Bengal, India

Ana Caicedo
Associate Professor, Biology
Research Interests: Evolutionary genomics of adaptation and divergence in wild, weedy and crop plant species
Research Area(s): Evolution and Ecology, Genomics and Genetics
Education:

B.Sc., Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, 1996
Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, 2003

Postdoctoral

North Carolina State University, 2003-2006

Alice Cheung
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Molecular and cell biology of male-female interaction and polarized cell growth in plant reproduction
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology
Education:

PhD: Yale University
Postdoctoral training: Harvard University

Professor Dan Cooley
Professor of Plant Pathology, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Epidemiology, ecology and sustainable management of plant diseases
Research Area(s): Evolution and Ecology, Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

AB, Harvard College  1974.
M.S., Plant & Soil Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 1978.
Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1986.

Lyle Craker
Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Medicinal and aromatic plants
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:
Michelle DaCosta
Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Plant responses to environmental stresses, with emphasis on drought and temperature stresses of grasses.
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D. in Plant Biology (2006), Rutgers University
B.S. in Biology (2000), Rutgers University

Scott Ebdon
Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Cultural management of abiotic and biotic stresses in turfgrass systems
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

1995 Ph.D., Cornell University
1982 M. S., University of Rhode Island
1978 B. S., University of Connecticut, cum laude

Dr. Aaron Ellison
Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Forest, Harvard University, Adj. Res. Professor of Biology, UMass
Research Interests: Assembly and disassembly in ecological systems
Research Area(s): Evolution and Ecology
Education:

1982 – B.A. East Asian Studies/Asian Philosophy, Yale University.
1986 – Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University.

Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Physiology of flowering and postharvest care of floricultural crops
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D. Plant Physiology, University of California, Davis. August 1988.
M.S. Horticulture, University of Missouri, Columbia. June 1984.
B.S. Horticulture, National Taiwan University. June 1980.
Teaching certificate, University of California, Davis. March, 1988.

Dr. Masoud Hashemi
Extension Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Integrated sustainable farming management practices with an emphasis on cover cropping and remediation of non-point source pollution.
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D.  Plant and Soil Sciences/Crop Physiology, 1990, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Sam Hazen
Associate Professor, Biology
Research Interests: Regulatory Networks and Natural Variation in Plant Cell Wall Biosynthesis and Growth
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology, Genomics and Genetics
Education:

B.S., University of Arizona, 1994
M.S., Michigan State University, 1996
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2000

Postdoctoral

DOE Plant Research Laboratory, East Lansing, 2000-2002
The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, 2003-2008

Peter Hepler
Emeritus Professor, Biology
Research Interests: The role of calcium, membranes and the cytoskeleton in cell division and development
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology
Education:

B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1958
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1964

Postdoctoral

1964-1966, Walter Reed Army Research Institute
1966, University of Wisconsin
1966-1967, Harvard University
1981 Australian National University

Martha Hoopes
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College
Research Interests: Spread dynamics, impacts, and lag times in invasion ecology, as well as metacommunity dynamics, particularly for plants and herbivores.
Research Area(s): Evolution and Ecology, Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

BA in Physics and English, Phi Beta Kappa. Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1987
Ph.D., Graduate Group in Ecology, University of California, Davis 1999

Postdoctoral Training

University of California, Berkeley, CA 1999-2004

Dr. Jeeyon Jeong
Assistant Professor, Biology, Amherst College
Research Interests: Molecular and cellular biology of metals
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology, Genomics and Genetics
Education:

Ph. D., Dartmouth College (2008)
M. S., Pohang University of Science and Technology (2002)
B. E., Yonsei University (2000)

Professional Training and Experience

Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014-2015)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009-2014)

Peter Jeranyama
Assistant Professor, Cranberry Experiment Station
Research Interests:
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D. (Crop and Soil Sciences), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1998
M.S. (Crop and Soil Sciences), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1995
B.S. Honors Agriculture (Crop Science), University of Zimbabwe, Mt. Pleasant, Harare, 1990

Geunhwa Jung
Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Molecular genetics and breeding of disease resistance in grasses and population genetics of plant pathogenic fungi 
Research Area(s): Genomics and Genetics, Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

1995  Ph.D., Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1992  M.S., Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1988  B.S., Horticulture, Chungnam National University

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Assistant Professor of Soils and the Environment, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Plant-soil interactions and their impact on soil carbon cycling, soil biogeochemistry
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Postdoctoral Fellow Soil Biogeochemistry, Stanford University, 2013-2014.
Doctor of Philosophy Soil Science, Oregon State University, 2010-2013.
Lawrence Scholar Student Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2010-2013.
Master of Science Soil Chemistry, Oregon State University, 2008-2010.
Bachelor of Science Geoecology, University of Tübingen, 2004-2008.

PB faculty member Joohyun Lee
Research Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Interests: Epigenetic regulation of plant-environment interactions
Research Area(s): Genomics and Genetics, Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2009
Postdoctoral, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009-2014)

 

Dr. Li-Jun Ma
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Fungal comparative genomics, eukaryotic genome evolution and organism adaptation
Research Area(s): Genomics and Genetics, Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

PhD: State University of New York, the College of
Environmental Sciences and Forestry
Postdoc: Harvard University

Dr. Frank Mangan
Extension Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Vegetable production with an emphasis on soil fertility and ethnic crops
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dept. Plant and Soil Sciences, 1998

Dr. Jill Miller
Associate Professor of Biology, Amherst College
Research Interests: Ecology and evolution of plant reproductive systems, molecular phylogenetic systematics, population and evolutionary genetics, hybridization and speciation
Research Area(s): Evolution and Ecology, Genomics and Genetics
Education:

Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona (2000)
M.Sc., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona (1997)
B.A., Biology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1992)

Dr. Jennifer Normanly
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Regulation of signaling metabolites and cellulosic biofuel feedstock development
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology
Education:

PhD: California Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral training: The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Om Parkash
Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Plant genetic engineering and biotechnology, phytoremediation of soil contaminants
Research Area(s): Genomics and Genetics, Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph. D.,  Plant Molecular Biology (1998), Durham University, United Kingdom
M. Phil.,  Biochemistry and Genetics (1998), Kurukshetra University (India)
M. Sc.,  Botany (1987), Kurukshetra University (India)
B. Sc.,  Medical (1985), Maharishi Dayanand University (India)

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Extension Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Structural and functional profiling of plant-derived specialized metabolites.
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology
Education:

PhD: Yale University
Postdoctoral training: University of Pennsylvania & Pennsylvania State University

Extension Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Interests: Plant ecology, plant diversity, invasive plants, climate change
Research Area(s): Evolution and Ecology
Education:

B.A., Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, 1993
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolution, Harvard University, 2003

Kristina Stinson, ECO faculty
Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation
Research Interests: Plant Ecology, Invasive Plants, Biological Responses to Global Change
Research Area(s): Evolution and Ecology
Education:
Dr. Ludmila Tyler
Lecturer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Using the model grass Brachypodium distachyon to understand development and bioenergy traits. 
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology, Genomics and Genetics
Education:

PhD: Duke University
Postdoctoral Training: USDA and University of California Berkeley

Dr. Elizabeth Vierling
Distinguished Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Molecular chaperone function in the cytosol and organelles, plant stress response
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology, Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

PhD: University of Chicago
Postdoctoral training: University of Georgia, Athens

Dr. Elsbeth Walker
Gilgut Professor, Biology (sabbatical fall 16)
Research Interests: Molecular genetic approaches to studying mechanisms of metal ion homeostasis in plants
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology, Genomics and Genetics
Education:

A.B., Mount Holyoke College, 1984
Ph.D., Rockefeller University, 1989

Postdoctoral
1990-1993 Yale University

Dr. Dong Wang
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Mechanisms of symbiosis between plant hosts and beneficial microbes
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

PhD: Duke University
Postdoctoral training: Stanford University

Dr. Rob Wick
Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Diseases of vegetable and greenhouse crops caused by oomycetes, nematode diseases of turfgrasses. 
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D.  Plant Pathology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 1981.
M.S.  Natural Resources (Plant Pathology), University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 1977.
B.S.  Natural Resources, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 1972.

Dr. Larry Winship
Professor of Botany, School of Natural Science, Hampshire College
Research Interests: Regulation of cell wall expansion during oscillatory growth in lily pollen tubes
Research Area(s): Cell and Developmental Biology, Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

B.S. Yale University
PhD Stanford University

Dr. Baoshan Xing
Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Research Interests: Environmental behavior of emerging contaminants and their interactions with plants
Research Area(s): Plant Environment Interactions
Education:

Ph.D. in Environmental & Soil Chemistry, University of Alberta, Canada, 1994
M.S. in Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy, University of Alberta, Canada, 1990
B.S. in Agronomy, Heilongjiang Bayi Agricultural University, China, 1984