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Eric Hequet, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor
J.A. Love Endowed Chair

eric.hequet@ttu.edu
(806) 834-0621

Research: The measurement of cotton fiber properties and contaminants, including the impacts of these on textile processing performance.

Teaching: 5376 Adv. Studies Cotton Fibers, PSS 5370 Cotton Fibers, PSS 5377 Cotton Fiber: Genotype to Phenotype Character
Noureddine Abidi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (PSS) and Associate Director, Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute (FBRI)

PSS Graduate Program Leader
n.abidi@ttu.edu
(806) 834-1221
Research: Functionalization of Cotton Fabric, Cellulose Characterization, Cotton Fiber Development, Carbohydrates Research.

Teaching: PSS 5371 Structure & Functionalization of CottonFibers, PSS 5373 Biopolymers and Bioproducts, PSS 5370 Cotton Fibers, PSS 5377 Cotton Fiber: Genotype to Phenotype Character
Dick Auld, Ph.D.
Rockwell Endowed Chair and Professor of Plant and Soil Science
dick.auld@ttu.edu
(806) 834-0316

 

Research: Development of value added traits in cotton, safflower, castor and guar. Training of graduate students to ensure a bright future for U.S. Agriculture.

Teaching: PSS 110- Freshman and Transfer Student Seminar, PSS 1321- Agronomic Plant Science, PSS 3322- Grain, Fiber, and Oilseed Crops
Mark Burow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research
md.burow@ttu.edu
(806) 834-5717
Research: Peanut breeding and genetics and molecular genetics.

Teaching: PSS 3421 Fundamental Principles Genetics, PSS 6424 Structural Genomics of Plants and Animals
Peter Dotray, Ph.D.
Leidigh Professor of Weed Science with Joint Appointment at Texas A&M Agrilife Research & Extension Service


PSS Outreach Program Leader
peter.dotray@ttu.edu
(806) 834-3685
Research: Develop effective and economical weed management systems in cotton and peanut.

Teaching: PSS 4421 Principles of Weed Science , PSS 5429 Advanced Principles of Weed Science, PSS 5324 Mode and Mechanism of Herbicide Action
Ashley Elle, Ph.D.
Instructor of Horticulture
ashley.elle@ttu.edu
(806) 834-7984
Teaching: PSS 1411-003 Principles of Horticulture Distance.
Dean Ethridge, Ph.D.
Research Professor (PSS) and Managing Director, Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute (FBRI)
dean.ethridge@ttu.edu
(806) 834-7484
Research: Cotton production, ginning, textile manufacturing and marketing; fiber quality measurement.

Teaching: AAEC 5312 Agribusiness Analysis, PSS 5370 Cotton Fibers
Edward Hellman, Ph.D.
Professor of Viticulture with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Extension
ed.hellman@ttu.edu
(806) 746-6101
Research: Grape growing; viticulture; irrigation; variety testing; rootstocks; cold hardiness.

Teaching: PSS 4310 Viticulture II: Grape Production, PSS 5312 Vineyard Management
Katie Lewis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Soil Physics with a joint appointment at Texas A&M Agrilife Research

krothlisberger@tamu.edu
(979) 845-8738
Research: Develop practical soil fertilization and management strategies that will maintain or enhance the value and quality of soils and improve production efficiency
Scott Longing, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Entomology
scott.longing@ttu.edu
(806) 834-1965
Research: Assessment, conservation and restoration of insect biodiversity, with a focus on species occupying ecosystems of the southern U.S.  


Teaching: PSS 2401 Intro to Ento, PSS 5307 Pesticides
Stephan Maas, Ph.D.
Professor of Agricultural Microclimatology with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research
stephen.maas@ttu.edu
(806) 723-5235
Research: Micrometeorology, Plant Growth Modeling, Remote Sensing, Crop Yield Estimation and Precision Farming.

Teaching: PSS 5323 Env Crop Phys, PSS 5329 Precision AG, PSS 5351 Environmental Instrumentation & Measurements, PSS 6301-001, D01 Agricultural Remote Sens, PSS 6302 Plant Growth Mod
Cynthia McKenney, Ed. D.
Associate Chair and Rockwell Endowed Professor of Horticulture in Plant and Soil Science

PSS Distance Program Leader
cynthia.mckenney@ttu.edu
(806) 834-0722
Research: Water conserving landscapes, native plants, and commercial olive production.

Teaching: PSS 2313 Herbaceous Plants, PSS 3317 Interior Plants, PSS 4001 Gardens of Europe, 4313 Arboriculture, PSS 4314 Garden Ctr and Nrsy Mgmt, PSS 4411 Greenhouse Crop Production, PSS 5001 Gardens of Europe, PSS 5316 Advanced Arboriculture, PSS 5317 Adv. Nursery Management, PSS 5319 Advanced Interiorscaping, PSS 5415 Adv. Greenhouse Crop Production
Terry McLendon, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Ecosystem Modeling & Large-Scale Watershed Dynamics
terry.mclendon@ttu.edu
(806) 834-6835
Research: ecohydrology and ecological modeling

Teaching:
Venugopal Mendu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cell Wall Biology
venugopal.mendu@ttu.edu
(806) 834-6327
Research: Identify and characterize the genes involved in the plant cell wall biosynthesis using model plant Arabidopsis and apply for the cotton fiber improvement.

Teaching:

Thayne Montague, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Horticulture with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research

PSS Undergraduate Program Leader
thayne.montague@ttu.edu
(806) 834-7311
Research:Woody plant physiology (landscape, grapevine, and olive), plant and landscape water use, plant / microclimate interactions, woody plant propagation

Teaching: Principles of Horticulture (PSS 1411), Plant Propagation (PSS 2312), Viticulture I (PSS 3310), Woody Plant Identification (PSS 3318), RaiderReady (IS 1100)
Jennifer Moore-Kucera, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Soil & Environmental Microbiology
jennifer.moore-kucera@ttu.edu
(806) 834-5485
Research: Microbial transformations of soil C and N as impacted by management decisions and potential feedbacks on plant growth, productivity and air and water quality.

Teaching: PSS 2432 Prin & Prac Soils, PSS 4331Soil Microbial Ecology, PSS 6432 Adv. Soil Microbial Ecology, PSS 4337 Envir Soil Science, PSS Adv. Soil Microbial Ecology
Russ Plowman
Instructor of Horticulture
russell.d.plowman@ttu.edu
(806) 548-1300
Teaching: 1411-002 Principles of Horticulture, PSS 2210 Floral Design
Maureen Qualia
Instructor of Enology
maureen.qualia@ttu.edu
(806) 834-4780
Teaching: Enology
Glen Ritchie, Ph.D.
Assistant
Professor of Crop Physiology with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research
glen.ritchie@ttu.edu
(806) 834-4325
Research: Developing effective and economical water management strategies for crop production in the Southern High Plains. Current projects include research on cultivar selection, irrigation management, and the effects of persistent and episodic drought on crop growth, morphology, yield, and quality.

Teaching: PSS 3323 Crop Physiology, PSS 6323 Plant-Water Relations
Jyotsna Sharma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology & Conservation

 

jyotsna.sharma@ttu.edu
(806) 834-2637

 

Research: Plant Ecology and Conservation of rare plants.

Teaching: PSS 1411-003 Principles of Horticulture
Theo Udeigwe, Ph.D.    
Assistant Professor Soil Chemistry
theo.udeigwe@ttu.edu
(806) 834-6664
Research: Environmental soil chemistry, Water quality, Soil fertility and nutrient management.

Teaching:PSS 4335 Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management, PSS 5331 Advanced Plant Nutrient Management, PSS 4330 Environmental Soil Chemistry, PSS 5330 Advanced Environmental Soil Chemistry, PSS 2432 Principles and Practices in Soils, PSS 2330 Urban Soils
Charles West, Ph.D.
Thornton Distinguished Chair of Plant and Soil Science
chuck.west@ttu.edu
(806) 834-4160
Research: Forages for integrating grazing into cropping systems to reduce irrigation needs, and forage growth modeling.

Teaching: PSS 3321 Forage & Pasture Crops, PSS 5327 Soil-Plant-Animal Interrelationships in Grazing Lands, PSS 5328 Forages and Livestock in Pasture Ecosystems
David Weindorf, Ph.D
B. L. Allen Endowed Chair in Pedology and Associate Professor of Plant and Soil Science
Associate Dean for Research
david.weindorf@ttu.edu
(806) 834-5287
Research: Land use management/planning, remote sensing, environmental quality assessment, compost science, and international translational soil taxonomy,field soil survey

Teaching:PSS 4332 Soil Classification, PSS 5337 Adv.Soil Classification, PSS 2432 Prin & Prac Soils, PSS 5332 Pedology, PSS 5336 Soil & Envir. Mineralogy
Jason Woodward, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Plant Pathology with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Extension
jason.woodward@ttu.edu
(806) 834-7467
Research: The development of integrated disease management strategies, evaluating the efficacy of fungicides, management of fungicide resistance, plant disease epidemiology, and plant disease diagnosis. 

Teaching: PSS 4425 Agri Plant Path, PSS 5425 Adv. Plant Path
Robert Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Crop Genomics with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research
robert.wright@ttu.edu
(806) 834-0163
Research: An area of special interest is pursuing new breeding methodologies based on molecular genetics.

Teaching: PSS 4415 Plant Biotechnology, PSS 5301 Advanced Genetics, PSS 5377 Cotton Fiber: Genotype to Phenotype Character, 5421 Genetically Modifed Crops
Wenwei Xu, Ph.D.
Professor of Corn Breeding with Joint Appointment with the Texas AgriLife Research
wenwei.xu@ttu.edu
(806) 834-0763
Research: Breeding corn for improved drought tolerance, heat tolerance, insect resistance, and aflatoxin resistance.

Teaching: PSS 3421 Fundamental Principles Genetics, PSS 6322 Adv Plant Breeding
Joey Young, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Science
joey.young@ttu.edu
(806) 834-8457
Research: Drought tolerance of warm- and cool-season turf, Physiological effects of management practices, Water quality effects on turfgrass

Teaching: PSS 3309 Introduction to Turfgrass Science, PSS 4316 Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology, PSS 4318 Turf Pest Management, PSS 5314 Adv. Turf Pest Management, PSS 5318 Adv. Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology

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