College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Plant Science Lecture Series

Spring 2017

Seminars will be held Thursdays at 4 pm in PLS 1140. If you are interested in meeting with any of the speakers, please notify the host faculty member. If you would like to receive notifications about our events please contact Diana Cortez at to be added.


Guest Speaker:



February 2

Tim Davis

"National Park Roads: Balancing Preservation and Access in Iconic American Landscapes"

National Park Service

Jack Sullivan
Maile Neel

February 9

Christopher Clarke

"Comparative genomics in plant-pathogen interactions as a tool for discovering new traits and disease resistance genesComparative genomics in plant-pathogen interactions as a tool for discovering new traits and disease resistance genes"


 Joe Roberts

February 16

Alwyn Williams

"Enhancing soil ecosystem services in row-crop agroecosystems via soil functional zone management"

University of Maryland, College Park

Kate Tully

February 23

Jesse Poland

"Accelerating wheat breeding with genomic selection and high-throughput phenotyping"

Kansas State University

Nidhi Rawat

March 2

Shahryar Kianian

"Cereal Diseases: Understanding and managing shifty enemies in the era of genomics"


Vijay Tiwari

March 9

Rod Wing

"Harnessing 15MY of Evoutionary History to Help Solve the 10-billion People Question"

University of Arizona

Vijay Tiwari

March 16

Pat Megonigal 

"Plant-Microbe Interactions Regulate Greenhouse Gas Feedbacks to Global Change in a Model Tidal Marsh"


Kate Tully 

March 23

Spring Break

No Seminar


March 30

Mechthild Tegeder

"Connecting source with sink – the role of nitrogen transporters in plant performance"

Washington State University

Gary Coleman

NEW DATE: Tuesday, April 11 at 5pm in PLS 0104 (Critique Hall)

Joan Nassauer

"Using design in science for green infrastructure solutions in Detroit"

University of Michigan

Lea Johnson

April 13

Jenny Kao-Kniffen

"Examining Soil Microbiomes that Modify Plant Traits in Crop and Landscape Systems"


Joe Roberts

April 20

Carla D'Antonio

"Impacts of invasive plants over time: taking the long view"


Lea Johnson

April 27

CANCELLED; will be rescheduled at a later time.

Lincoln Taiz & Lee Taiz

"FLORA UNVEILED: The Discovery & Denial of Sex in Plants"

Co-hosted by the Maryland Nursery Landscape and Greenhouse Association


Angus Murphy

April 28

CANCELLED; will be rescheduled at a later time.

*Special Seminar*

LOCATION: PLS 1130, 11am

Lincoln Taiz 

"Agriculture in the Anthropocene"

Co-hosted by the Maryland Soybean Board

 UCSC   Angus Murphy

To nominate or invite a speaker, please contact Dr. Kate Tully: or call 301-405-1469.

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