Graduate Students

Graduate Students

PSLA Graduate Students

Extension Education and MCERT/IMCP- Agricultural & Extension Education

Meet our Extension Education (AEED) graduate students as well as those pursuing an MCERT/IMCP with AGST: Agricultural & Extension Education!

Student  Contact Information Research Focus Program

Jennifer Freebery

jfreeber@umd.edu

 

Jenny works as conservation planner for Maryland Department of Agriculture in Kent where she helps farmers protect soil and water quality on their land.

She manages the environmental education, website, social media, and is the secretary of the Maryland Envirothon.

She has a bachelors from Washington College in Environmental Science and participated in LEAD Maryland Class X. 

AEED
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Samaila Mamman

smamman@umd.edu

 

  AEED

Meg Smolinksi

msmolins@umd.edu

Using the University of Maryland Arboretum & Botanical Gardens to further research at our institution Combating post-partum depression with low-impact outdoor adult education programming AEED
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Haylee Staruk

haylee@g.umd.edu

  AEED

 

Landscape Architecture

Meet our Landscape Architecture (LARC & LACP) students!

Please visit our Landscape Architecture Graduate Students page. 

Plant Science

Meet our Plant Science (PLSC) graduate students!

Student Contact Information  Research Focus
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Helen Boniface

hsboni@umd.edu

Tully Lab

  • - Assessing cover crop mixture performance across the Northeastern US to improve farmer recommendations
  • - Evaluating the long-term impact of management factors on soil organic carbon stocks in various Mid-Atlantic cropping systems
 
Stephen Boushell

 

Stephen Boushell

sboushel@terpmail.umd.edu 

Hu Lab

  • Evaluate fungicide resistance management strategies of bunch grape pathogens.
  • Quantify the extent to which efficacy of fungicides are compromised under varied resistance scenarios

 

Humberto Castillo, PLSC Graduate Student

 

Humberto Castillo Gonzalez

humb15@umd.edu

Chaverri Lab

  • Examining the diversity of endophytic fungi from the Rubiaceae family.   
  • Studying key roles in driving plant responses against pathogens and/or for adaptation to difficult environments.
  • Understanding the role of plants in selecting lineages of fungi using secondary metabolites, how the communities are assembled, and what interactions take place. 
Bhavit Chhabra

 

Bhavit Chhabra

bchhabra@umd.edu

Rawat Lab

Genetic resistance in bread wheat against Fusarium Head Blight.
Scott Cosseboom 

 

Scott Cosseboom

scossebo@umd.edu

Hu Lab

  • Evaluating management methods against bunch grape diseases
  • Fungicide efficacy and sensitivity testing for pathogens of bunch grapes and small fruit
  • Observing pathogen species distribution and frequency in bunch grape and small fruit fields of the Mid-Atlantic
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Wesley Deaver

wdeaver@umd.edu

Micallef Lab

 
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Adam Hopper

ahopper@umd.edu

Micallef Lab

  • Metabolomics of crop surfaces influence on plant-microbe associations
  • Reducing enteric pathogen colonization on crop surfaces using a metabolomics approach 
  • Examine physiological and morphological traits that drive enteric pathogen attachment/colonization

Claire Hudson

clhudson@umd.edu 

Micallef Lab

  • The role of endophytic microorganisms and plant defenses against pathogenic bacteria
  • Influence of plant associated microbiota on plant exometabolome and the metabolome of the host 
  • Abiotic and biotic elicitation of antimicrobial secondary metabolites in leafy greens as a means to improve food safety.
  • Abiotic elicitation and the impact on shelf life and microbiome shifts in leafy greens.
  • Internalization of enteric pathogens on leafy greens in response to factors such as changes in environmental conditions, metabolome and microbiome.
Anmol Kajla

Anmol Kajla

akajla97@umd.edu

Tiwari Lab

 
Bruce Levine 

 

Bruce Levine

levinebj@umd.edu

Xiao Lab

  • Exploration of the function of genes in the Chestnut blight fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica) suspected of playing a role in pathogenesis.
  • Study of highly-conserved fungal pathogenicity genes as possible targets for novel forms of disease resistance.
Xingchen Liu 

 

Xingchen Liu

rivilliu@umd.edu

Micallef Lab

 
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Janelle Livesay

toy_dragon@comcast.net

Rawat Lab

 

Evaluate effectiveness of the use of Ascaroside treatments as a prophylaxis against Fusarium graminearum infection in wheat.
Aimee Malzahn

Aimee Malzahn

amalzahn@terpmail.umd.edu

Qi Lab

  • CRISPR-based genome engineering in dicot plants
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Lauren Elizabeth Marshall

lemarsh@umd.edu

Chanse Lab

 

Jennifer Morash

jmorash@g.umd.edu

Lea-cox Lab

Jennifer Morash brings together her work experience as an environmental regulator and her research experience using native landscape plants to mitigate stormwater here at UMD. She is currently conducting research for the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA) which seeks to increase compost usage along highway shoulders to mitigate stormwater. Her research has involved conducting stakeholder interviews with Maryland topsoil dealers and compost producers; conducting plant establishment studies using topsoil amended with organic waste products; and working on an interdisciplinary team to ensure that the geotechnical integrity of highway soil is maintained along with plant physical and nutritional needs when organic wastes are used in highway topsoil. When Jennifer's work with SHA concludes, she will continue to evaluate the effects of amending topsoil with organic wastes on stormwater quality and plant establishment. She hopes to use her research to influence policy makers who seek solutions to challenging environmental issues through landscape practices.
Boyoung Park

 

Boyoung Park

bpark513@terpmail.umd.edu

Kweon Lab

 

 

Shravya Peddigari

SPEDDIGA@terpmail.umd.edu

Carroll Lab

  • Understanding the organic and conventional management practices in athletic fields sports turf in Maryland.
  • Evaluating the rhizosphere microbiome in different management practices of turf grass system.

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Carrie Perkins

cperk@terpmail.umd.edu

 

Cara Peterson

Cara Peterson

peterson.cara24@gmail.com

Tully Lab

  • researches integrating cover crops into no-till grain production
  • currently evaluating interseeding cover crop mixtures into double-crop soybeans as a method for increasing legume cover crop adoption in the mid-Atlantic

Adam Schoen

Adam Schoen

awschoen@terpmail.umd.edu

Tiwari Lab

  • Developing a pipeline for efficient gene discovery of agronomically important traits in hexaploid bread wheat using diploid wheat species as a model.
  • Reestablishing the University of Maryland's small grain breeding program using new technologies and speed breeding techniques in order to introduce new elite cultivars to growers.

Taylor Schulden

Taylor Schulden

tschulde@umd.edu 

Rawat/Erwin Lab

  • Wheat rust resistance gene cloning in the tertiary gene pool of wheat. Particularly, cloning of leaf rust and stripe rust resistance genes derived from Aegilops geniculata
  • Novel and efficient methodology development for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in Echeveria spp., an ornamental succulent.

 

Allison Schulenburg

aschul98@umd.edu

Tully Lab

Researching the effect of management practices on nutrient dynamics in saltwater-intruded agricultural fields quantifying the concentrations of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium in plant leaf tissue (e.g., sorghum, soybean, switchgrass) and soils to guide local land best management practices for farmers facing saltwater intrusion, allowing them to maintain productive soils that reduce nutrient losses to the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Saltwater Intrusion Project
  • Sodium and Phosphorus Dynamics

Bradley Simpson

Bradley Simpson

bsimpso2@umd.edu

Sullivan Lab

  • Evaluate long-term trajectories in plant composition, forest structure, and light availability following urban forest restoration practices
  • Further understand the ecological relationship between birds and invasive plant species and the resulting impacts on urban forests

Lovepreet Singh, PLSC Graduate Student

Lovepreet Singh

lps1699@terpmail.umd.edu

Rawat Lab

  • Molecular basis of Fhb1 mediated resistance against Fusarium Head Blight in wheat

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Simon Sretenovic

simonsre@terpmail.umd.edu

Qi Lab

  • Developing and improving genome editing systems in plants.

Yvette Tamukong

Yvette Tamukong

tyb@terpmail.umd.edu

Culver Lab

  • Identification of active plum pox virus (PPV) variants during leaf and bud development of plum trees (Prunus domestica L.)
  • Investigating the role of roots and buds in the seasonal maintenance of PPV variants
  • Examining host gene alterations in roots and buds and the impact on PPV maintenance during dormancy

Sydney Wallace

Sydney Wallace

swallac1@umd.edu

Rawat Lab

 

Louis Thorne

lthorne@umd.edu

Fiorellino Lab

Phytoremediation in soils with high phosphorus

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Yuwei Xiao

ywxiao93@terpmail.umd.edu

Liu Lab

 

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Inderjit Yadav

isyadav@g.umd.edu

Tiwari Lab

 

Erin Myers

emyers8@umd.edu

Fiorellino

 

Researching how planting date and depth impact the yield of hemp varieties in Maryland to supply growers with specific recommendations.

 

Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences

Meet our MEES graduate students!

MARINE ESTUARINE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

"Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) is an inter-institutional graduate program of the University System of Maryland whose mission is to educate students to become the scientific leaders and problem-solvers of the future. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we train students to engage in scientific discovery, integration, and application to generate new knowledge and to solve environmental problems.

The MEES Program is an inter-institutional, statewide graduate program within the University System of Maryland (USM). The program is composed of faculty from several of the USM's degree-granting universities and research institutions as well as experts from government, non-government agencies and other non-academic units." - MEES Graduate Program

Student Contact Information Research Focus
Kaitlyn Wagner

 

Kaitlyn Wagner
Neel Lab

  • Conservation of genetic diversity
  • Role of phenotypic plasticity in the distribution of Vallisneria americana along salinity gradients
  • Selection of seed stock for restoration of V. americana

Molecular and Cell Biology

Meet our MOCB graduate students!

MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY

"The MOCB concentration area offers highly mentored graduate training with faculty interested in a broad spectrum of research focused on understanding the molecular nature of biology.  Our faculty members have expertise in state-of-the-art technologies, have national and international reputations, and publish in high impact journals.  MOCB-CA students receive a Core Curriculum that emphasizes knowledge in the areas of molecular genetics, nucleic acid biochemistry, cell biology, and structural biology.  In addition, a number of interdisciplinary research clusters are available focusing on host-pathogen interactions, plant systems, developmental biology, virology, genomics, biophysics, and more. The overall goal of the MOCB-CA is to provide our students with rigorous and comprehensive research training that will lead to a successful career in the biosciences." - Biological Sciences Graduate Program 

  Contact Information Research Focus
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Qiong Zhang
Xiao Lab