People

Primary Faculty

Professor and Curator, RLG Mycological Herbarium - School of Plant Sciences
822D Marley / 520-344-2327 / arnold@ag.arizona.edu
520-621-2244 (Lab)

We study fungal ecology, evolution, and systematics, with a special focus on fungal endophytes. We focus on plant communities ranging from Arctic tundra to hot deserts, tropical forests, and agroecosystems. Our diverse projects are united by an...

Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences
821C Marley / 520-626-8215 / baltrus@email.arizona.edu
520-626-6573 (Lab)

The Baltrus lab is interested in understanding microbial evolution with a focus on the mechanisms and costs of adaptation and guided by expectations from genomics and population genetics.

Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 441C / (520) 626-1562 / mbeilstein@email.arizona.edu
(520) 626-1563 (Lab)

The focus of my lab is functional evolution in the plant family Brassicaceae. Currently my group is working to understand how the enzyme telomerase evolved. In addition we are interested in the processes by which long non-coding RNAs emerge and gain...

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes Bld 431 / 520-621-1402 / jbrown@cals.arizona.edu
520-621-1230 (Lab)

Research focuses on the dynamics of distribution, prevalence, and co-diversification driving emergent hemipteran-vectored pathogen outbreaks in cultivated and natural systems, and functional genomics to probe vector-pathogen specificity determinants.

Adjunct Professor and Research Plant Pathololgist, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
Marley 341F / 520-626-5049 / Peter.Cotty@ARS.USDA.GOV
520-626-6775 (Lab)

The laboratory's mission is to reduce human exposure to aflatoxins and in the process improve understanding of the biology, physiology, genetics, and evolution of aflatoxin-producing fungi and the etiology and epidemiology of aflatoxin...

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
219 Keating Building / 520-626-6634 / bfane@email.arizona.edu
520-621-8539 (Lab)

Taking biophysical, biochemical, genetic and evolutionary approaches, we endeavor to elucidate the molecular mechanism involved in viral DNA translocation and particle morphogenesis with single-stranded DNA Microviruses.

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 822C / 520-621-7158 / feldmann@cals.arizona.edu
520-621-3792 (Lab)

We pursue HTP functional genomics strategies in plants. In addition we aim to improve the genetics of switchgrass by identifying plants that are apomictic and self-fertile. We are also screening for variant phenotypes that we will be mapping.

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Keating Building, Room 341 / 520-621-9153 / galbraith@arizona.edu
520-621-9213 (Lab)

His research centers around the development of new technologies and methods for the analysis of eukaryotes. Recognized as a pioneer in flow cytometry, his contributions have greatly improved our understanding of cell-specific gene expression.

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Keating 249 / 520-626-1641 / emherman@email.arizona.edu

My research program is directed at understanding the systems biology that controls seed composition and biotechnology to create seed traits including low allergen content, animal feed, and as a protein bio-factory.

Assistant specialist & asst. professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 341D / (520) 626-6287 / epp@email.arizona.edu
Director and Professor- School of Plant Sciences - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 303C / 520-621-7185 / jenksm@email.arizona.edu
Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences
307th Floor Bio5; 441F Marley / 520-626-5070 / ericlyons@email.arizona.edu

Understanding the structure, evolution, and dynamics of genomes.

Extension Plant Pathologist - School of Plant Sciences
Yuma Agricultural Center / (928) 782-5863 / matheron@cals.arizona.edu

Ecology and management of fungal diseases of vegetable crops and citrus.

Extension Weed Specialist - School of Plant Sciences
541B Marley / 520-621-7613 / wmcclosk@cals.arizona.edu

Evaluation of management tactics for weedy and invasive plant species in Arizona's crops, range and natural landscapes including cultural methods, herbicides, GPS-RTK precision cultivation, optical sensing and computer technology.

Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 441G, Herring 105 / 520-626-0479 / mcmahonm@email.arizona.edu

Dr. McMahon researches phylogenetic and phylogenomic methods, systematics of the legume family (Fabaceae), and phylogenetic diversity of regional floras. She also directs the UA Herbarium.

Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 821B / 626-4185 / rmosher@email.arizona.edu
626-7765 (Lab)

Dr. Mosher studies RNA-directed DNA methylation.

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 341J / (520) 621-3764 / orbachmj@ag.arizona.edu
(520) 621-9891 (Lab)
Associate Professor of Practice - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 541D / (520) 621-3969 / orchard@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Orchard worked as a scientist in the biotechnology industry prior to her appointment at UA and now facilitates student learning of Biotechnology in courses offered by the School of Plant Sciences.

Extension Agronomist - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 541C / 621-1583 / mottman@email.arizona.edu
621-7619 (Lab)

My research is in the areas of crop production and crop physiology. Specific topics include the effect of climate and weather, fertilizer and irrigation, and genotypes on growth and yield of alfalfa, corn, sorghum, barley, wheat, and perennial...

Associate professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley Building Rm 441E / 520-626-2229 / rpalaniv@email.arizona.edu
520-621-9567 (Lab)

Dr. Palanivelu's lab is identifying the molecular mechanisms that mediate Arabidopsis pollen tube germination, growth, guidance, and reception in the female gametophyte.

Assistant Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 541A / (520)-621-3656 / dukepauli@email.arizona.edu
Research Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Karsten Turfgrass Research Facility & Forbes Bldg., Room 309A / (520) 321-7786 / pessarak@email.arizona.edu
(520) 321-7786 (Lab)

Research focused on the adaptation of turfgrass species/genotypes/cultivars to environmental (salinity, drought, & heat) stresses, screening various turfgrasses for stress tolerances in hydroponics culture as well as in the field, and studying...

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 341G / 520-626-5312 / bmpryor@u.arizona.edu
520-626-2781 (Lab)

Dr. Pryor's research interests include biological and cultural control of disease in field, tree, and vegetable crops, phylogenetic analysis and species concepts in fungi, secondary fungal metabolites, and environmental mycology. Additional...

Associate Professor of Practice - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes Bldg., Rm. 317 / 520-621-1582 / tquist@email.arizona.edu
520-306-1228 (Lab)

Tanya Quist received a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture where she studied in the Center for Plant Environmental Stress Physiology. Her thesis and post-doctoral work used whole...

University Distinguished Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 415 / 520-621-7612 / dtray@email.arizona.edu
520-621-2817 (Lab)

Research emphasizes evaluation and enhancement of new and/or underutilized plant germplasm suitable for cultivation in arid environments. Present focus is the evaluation and development of new biofuel feedstocks.

Assistant Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Keating 303 / 520-626-1643 / monicaschmidt@email.arizona.edu

Research focus is on biofortification of crops and the alteration of both lipid and protein composition

Extension Specialist and Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 435 / 520-621-1060 / uschuch@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Schuch's research addresses issues in plant production and landscape management with the goal to provide information on how to produce and maintain healthy, functional plants with minimum inputs.

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 441B / 621-9635 / schumake@email.arizona.edu
621-8910 (Lab)

Our research is focused on understanding how cellular energy transduction is regulated and the molecular evolution of genes that control plant adaptation. These two projects intersect in their importance for plant growth in saline environments.

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Maricopa Ag Center / rickw@email.arizona.edu

Application of remote (UAV) and proximal sensing to discovery of traits and genes of wheat, rice, sorghum, and a desert fiber plant.

Bud Antle Endowed Chair Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Keating BioResearch Building, Room 253 / 520-626-9595 / rwing@mail.arizona.edu
520-626-9601 (Lab)

Our lab is focused on structural and evolutionary genomics of crop plants, and is leading an international effort to generate reference genome sequences for all 24 species of the genus Oryza, which contains the world most important food crop – rice.

Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 541E / 520-621-3970 / jessewoodson@email.arizona.edu

Plants use their energy-producing organelles (i.e. chloroplasts and mitochondria) to sense and adapt to changing environments and stresses. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms behind these signaling networks, allowing us to control crop growth.

Extension Horticulturist - School of Plant Sciences
Yuma Agriculture Center / 928-782-5876 / gwright@ag.arizona.edu

Our lab conducts applied research on citrus, date palms and other tree fruit crops of importance to the desert. southwest. This includes investigations of rootstock and variety evaluation, pollination, fruit thinning, plant nutrition, irrigation,...

Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 541A / 520-621-9869 / zxiong@email.arizona.edu
520-621-9916 (Lab)

My research aims to understand the intricate interplays between viruses and their plant hosts during infection, mechanisms of plant resistance to viral infections, RNA virus evolution, and viral population genomics.

Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 441D / 520-621-1616 / yadegari@arizona.edu
520-621-9095 (Lab)

We are primarily interested in understanding how seed development is regulated via genetic and epigenetic mechanisms. Our current focus is to decipher the gene-regulatory networks that control endosperm development and function in both monocots and...

Joint Faculty

Professor - Soil, Water and Environmental Science
Marley 341E / (520)-621-5490 / mhawes@email.arizona.edu
Associate Professor - School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Natural Products Center / (520) 621-9932 / imolnar@email.arizona.edu

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Associate Dean and Director, Economic Development & Extension and Professor - Soil, Water and Environmental Science
Forbes 301 / (520) 621-7145 / silver@ag.arizona.edu

Pursuing greater efficiency of agronomic inputs into crop production systems of Arizona.

Associate Professor - School of Natural Resources and the Environment
N359 ENR2 / (520) 626-5325 / azalfalf@ag.arizona.edu
Professor - Entomology
Marley 741B / 520-626-3854 / spstock@email.arizona.edu
520-621-1317 (Lab)

My research program centers on the study of mutualistic and antagonistic interactions of insect parasites and pathogens. The primary focus is on the so-called “entomopathogenic nematodes” (a.k.a. EPN) which encompass two families, Steinernematidae...

Professor - Molecular and Cellular Biology
LSS 354 / 520-626-1186 / fetax@u.arizona.edu
520-626-3501 (Lab)

Our major goal is to understand the mechanisms used by plants to specify and maintain cell fates, from stem cells to differentiated cell types. We are also interested in manipulating the architecture of crop plants using genetic means.

Professor - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Associate Faculty

Post-Doctoral Associates & Research Staff

Research Specialist - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 114D / 520-621-7619 / mcomeau@ag.arizona.edu
Research Specialist, Senior - School of Plant Sciences
Campus Agricultural Center / 520-235-5601 / jgilbert@ag.arizona.edu
Research Specialist - School of Plant Sciences
Marley / 520-626-7765 / kendallt@email.arizona.edu
Research Technician - School of Plant Sciences
(520) 621-1230 / nkitchen@email.arizona.edu
Coordinator, Bac/Est Resource Center - School of Plant Sciences
Keating 203 / 520-626-9596 / dkudrna@ag.arizona.edu
Research Specialist - School of Plant Sciences
(520) 621-2244 / mingmail@email.arizona.edu
Assistant Research Scientist - School of Plant Sciences
Keating 202 / 520-626-9602 / seunghl@ag.arizona.edu
Assistant Staff Scientist - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 403 / 520-621-9095 / lig@email.arizona.edu
Postdoctoral Research Associate - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 419 / 520-621-8910 / sheam@email.arizona.edu
Research Staff - School of Plant Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Associate - School of Plant Sciences
441F / (520) 626-1563 / andrewnelson@email.arizona.edu
Assistant Research Scientist - School of Plant Sciences
(520) 316-6364 / newcombm@email.arizona.edu
Research Specialist, Senior - School of Plant Sciences
421 Forbes / 520-621-1230 / trast@email.arizona.edu
Assistant Staff Scientist - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 403 / 520-621-9095 / ryuch@email.arizona.edu
Research Specialist, Senior - School of Plant Sciences
Bldg. 3120 East Allen Road / 520-850..6306 / cschmalz@email.arizona.edu
Research Staff - School of Plant Sciences
520-621-2244 / sheris1@email.arizona.edu
Research Specialist, Senior - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 207 / 520-621-2817 / teetor@email.arizona.edu
Research Assistant Professor - School of Plant Sciences
Keating 200A22 / 520-626-9590 / zhangjw@email.arizona.edu
Assistant Staff Scientist - School of Plant Sciences
Marley 441J / 520-621-9095 / sszhang3@email.arizona.edu

Administrative Staff

Accountant - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 303A / 520-621-9551 / deguzman@email.arizona.edu
Grants & Contracts Manager
Forbes 410D / (520) 621-1941 / fdili@email.arizona.edu
Manager, Finance and Administration - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 303B / 520-621-8689 / amanda84@email.arizona.edu
Accountant - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 303B / 520-626-5816 / davidj3@email.arizona.edu
Program Coordinator, Senior - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 303B / 520-621-1978 / erinkorte@email.arizona.edu
Program Coordinator, Senior - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 319 / 520-621-1219 / glambert@email.arizona.edu
Systems Administrator, Principal - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 411 / 520-621-1257 / marquezm@email.arizona.edu
Administrative Assistant - School of Plant Sciences
Forbes 303 / 520-621-1977 / knoble@email.arizona.edu

Graduate Students

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Marley 822A / (520) 621 - 2244 / desiraekissell@email.arizona.edu
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Marley 420 / 520-621-9567 / jsepulve@email.arizona.edu
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