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  • Professor of Horticultural Physiology


814-863-2252

  • Professor of Horticulture


814-863-2198

Areas of Expertise:
  • Informal seed systems in Southeast Asia
  • Temperate zone woody plants
  • Christmas tree management
  • Extension and advisory systems for developing countires
  • Associate Professor of Horticulture


814-863-2190

  • Senior Instructor in Turfgrass Weed Management


814-865-3005

  • Professor of Plant Stress Biology


814-863-2260

Areas of Expertise:
  • Root phenomics
  • Anatomical traits affecting water and nutrient acquisition
  • Genome-wide association studies
  • Root hairs
  • Professor of Molecular Genetics
  • Director of The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics


814-863-9164

  • Assistant Professor of Viticulture


814-867-0514

Areas of Expertise:
  • Wine grape production
  • Grapevine physiology
  • cover crops
  • cold temperature stress
  • Professor of Maize Genetics


814-865-1159

Areas of Expertise:
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant-pathogen interactions
  • Maize Genetics
  • Sorghum Genetics
  • Flavonoids
  • Phytoalexins
  • Plant-fungus interactions
  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Plant-Environment interactions
  • Professor and Head


814-865-2571

Areas of Expertise:
  • Plant mineral nutrition
  • Micronutrient transport
  • Molecular mechanisms of iron transport
  • Professor of Horticulture
  • Extension Specialist, Tree Fruit Production


814-863-6163

Areas of Expertise:
  • Deciduous Tree Fruit Production
  • Tree Fruit Rootstocks
  • Pruning and Training Tree Fruit
  • Apple Varieties
  • Tree fruit nutrition
  • Asian pear varieties
  • Impact of climate change on tree fruit production
  • Professor of Weed Science


814-863-1014

Areas of Expertise:
  • Managing weedy plants in agroecosystems
  • Conservation tillage and cover crops
  • Herbicide use
  • Integrated weed management
  • Weed management in organic cropping systems
  • Professor of Horticulture and Plant Ecosystem Health


814-865-5587

Areas of Expertise:
  • Air Pollution Injury on Plants
  • Air Quality and Ecosystem Responses
  • Environmental Plant Physiology
  • Vegetable Crops
  • Photomorphogenesis (light regulated plant growth)
  • Senior Extension Associate


814-863-2303

  • Professor of Soil Management and Applied Soil Physics


814-863-7637

Areas of Expertise:
  • no-tillage
  • cover crops
  • soil compaction
  • soil health
  • soil erosion
  • soil conservation
  • nitrogen fixation
  • Research Associate in Storage Root Crop Physiology


814-863-0710

Areas of Expertise:
  • Root Crop Physiology
  • Abiotic Stress
  • Breeding for Environmental Stress Resistance
  • Phenotyping and Database Management
  • Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences,
  • (Division of Science, Penn State Berks Campus).
  • Courtesy Professor of Turfgrass Science,
  • (Dept. Plant Science, Penn State University Park).


610-396-6330

  • Professor of Plant Genetics


814-865-5408

Areas of Expertise:
  • Plant genetics and breeding
  • Molecular breeding
  • Biotic stresses
  • Abiotic stresses
  • Plant nutritional quality
  • Tomato
  • Professor of Plant Molecular Biology


814-863-7957

Areas of Expertise:
  • Plant Genomics and Genetics
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Theobroma cacao (cocoa)
  • Professor of Forage Management


814-863-1019

Areas of Expertise:
  • Forage Crop Establishment, Management and Utilization
  • Perennial Warm-Season Grass Establishment and Management
  • Professor of Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics


814-863-9805

  • Tombros Early Career Professor
  • Associate Professor, Turfgrass Management
  • Director, Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program


814-865-3007

Areas of Expertise:
  • Turfgrass Science
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Agronomy
  • Golf Course Management
  • Turfgrass pathology
  • plant pathology
  • Weed management
  • Associate Professor of Crop Production / Ecology


814-863-3179

Areas of Expertise:
  • Agroecology
  • Conservation & Dairy Cropping Systems
  • Soil & nutrient conservation, perennials, cover crops
  • Pasture ecology and grazing management
  • Professor of Horticultural Marketing and Business Management
  • Affiliate Appointment: Agribusiness Management, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education


814-863-2196

Areas of Expertise:
  • Wine marketing
  • Produce and ethnic food marketing
  • Retail business management
  • Consumer attitudes and behaviors pertaining to horticultural goods and services
  • Associate Professor of Production Systems and Modeling


814-863-9852

Areas of Expertise:
  • Agroecosystems
  • Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling
  • Hydrologic and Nutrient Cycling Modeling
  • Environmental Biophysics
  • Plant Ecophysiology
  • Professor of Turfgrass Science
  • Director of Graduate Studies in Agronomy


814-863-1017

  • University Distinguished Professor


814-863-2256

Areas of Expertise:
  • crop physiology
  • plant adaptation to abiotic stress
  • plant genetics
  • simulation modeling
  • Professor of Horticulture


814-865-2571

Areas of Expertise:
  • Tree and Small Fruit Physiology
  • Fruit production systems
  • Data Analysis
  • Senior Scientist and Professor of Horticulture


814-863-7286

Areas of Expertise:
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Functional Genomics
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Disease Resistance
  • Plant – Microbes Interactions
  • Associate Professor of Landscape Contracting


814-863-7595

  • Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science


814-865-1138

Areas of Expertise:
  • Turfgrass Entomology
  • Biological Control
  • Insect Ecology
  • Program Coordinator, Turfgrass Science Major
  • Professor of Soil Science
  • Director, Center for Sports Surface Research


814-863-1368

Areas of Expertise:
  • Turfgrass Soil Physical Properties
  • Playing surface characterization and safety
  • Athletic Field and Golf Course Drainage
  • Athletic Field and Golf Course Construction and Maintenance
  • Senior Instructor in Landscape Contracting


  • Research Associate in Cropping Systems Modeling


814-867-4612

Areas of Expertise:
  • Micrometeorological Measurements and Instrumentation
  • Physically Distributed Hydrological Modeling
  • Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture
  • Professor of Weed and Applied Plant Ecology


814-865-1906

  • Assistant Professor/Research Associate


814-867-0213

Areas of Expertise:
  • Dietary bioactive compounds
  • Anthocyanins
  • Gut bacteria and bioactive compound interaction
  • Professor of Agronomy
  • Associate Department Head


814-863-1018

Areas of Expertise:
  • Grain crop management
  • Corn management and hybrid evaluation
  • Corn silage management
  • Soybean management and variety evaluation
  • Winter wheat management and variety evaluation
  • Winter barley management and variety evaluation
  • Interseeding cover crops in corn and soybeans
  • Professor of Horticultural Systems Management


814-863-2433

Areas of Expertise:
  • Sustainable vegetable systems
  • Organic vegetable systems
  • Field vegetable production systems
  • High tunnel vegetable production systems
  • Associate Professor of Ornamental Horticulture
  • (Berks Campus Agricultural Program Coordinator)


610-396-6161

  • Associate Professor of Turfgrass Nutrition/Soil Fertility


814-863-1015

  • Professor of Pomology


717-677-6116

Areas of Expertise:
  • Tree fruit production
  • Orchard management systems
  • Crop load management of tree fruit
  • Fruit tree pruning and training
  • Professor of Horticulture


814-863-2250

  • Assistant Professor of Forage Management


814-865-9552

Areas of Expertise:
  • Forage Crops
  • Plant-Animal Interaction
  • Pasture/Grazing management
  • Harvested forages
  • Ensiled forages
  • Extending the grazing season