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

(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)

(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
JD Booker, Ph.D.
Instructor of Plant and Soil Science
(806) 834-1693
Mark Burow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research
(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
Benildo de los Reyes Ph.D.
Professor of Plant Genomics and Bayer CropScience Chair
(806) 834-6421
Research: Genetic and epigenetic regulation of stress tolerance mechanisms in rice and cotton; Molecular basis of transgressive segregation for stress tolerance.

Sanjit Deb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Soil Physics
(806) 834-1373
Research: Soil physics and hydrology

Teaching: PSS 4336 Soil Physical Properties, PSS 5335 Soil Physics, PSS 4337 Environmental Soil Science, PSS 6331 Advanced Environmental Soil Science
Peter Dotray, Ph.D.
Leidigh Professor of Weed Science - Joint Appointment with Texas A&M Agrilife Research & Extension Service

PSS Outreach Program Leader
(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
(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)
(806) 834-7484
Research: Cotton production, ginning, textile manufacturing and marketing; fiber quality measurement.

Teaching: AAEC 5312 Agribusiness Analysis, PSS 5370 Cotton Fibers
Wenxuan Guo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Crop Ecophysiology & Precision Agriculture


(806) 834-2266

Edward Hellman, Ph.D.
Professor of Viticulture with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Extension
(806) 746-6101
Research: Grape growing; viticulture; irrigation; variety testing; rootstocks; cold hardiness.

Teaching: PSS 4310 Viticulture II: Grape Production, PSS 5312 Vineyard Management
Yang Hu, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
(806) 834-7518
Research: Development of multifunctional renewable bioproducts.
Brendan Kelly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(806) 834-0326
Research:Cotton fiber phenomics, Quantification and utilization of distributional characteristics of cotton fiber quality, Multivariate analysis of fiber properties and their relationship to yarn properties.

Teaching: PSS 5370. U.S. and Global Cotton Fiber-Textile Industries.
Yong Sig Kim, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Stress Physiology

(806) 834-7534

Katie Lewis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility with a joint appointment at Texas A&M Agrilife Research

(806) 834-4974
Research: Develop practical soil fertilization and management strategies that will maintain or enhance the value and quality of soils and improve production efficiency
Summer Loneragan
Instructor of Horticulture    
(806) 834-1601
Teaching: PSS 1411
Scott Longing, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Entomology
(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
Daria Mckelvey
Instructor of Horticulture  
Teaching: PSS 1411
Cynthia McKenney, Ed. D.
Associate Chair and Rockwell Endowed Professor of Horticulture in Plant and Soil Science

PSS Distance Program Leader
(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

PSS Graduate Program Leader
(806) 834-6835
Research: ecohydrology and ecological modeling

Venugopal Mendu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cell Wall Biology

Venugopal Mendu Lab Page
(806) 834-6327
Research:Plant cell wall biology, cotton fiber development, biofuels from plant biomass, cell wall degrading enzymes and virus induced gene silencing.

Teaching: Senior Seminar (PSS 4100), Transgenic and Plant Cell Genetics (PSS 5325), Introduction to genomics (PSS 4426),
Functional genomics (PSS 5426)
Thayne Montague, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Horticulture with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research

PSS Undergraduate Program Leader
(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)
Russ Plowman
Instructor of Horticulture
(806) 834-0647
Teaching: 1411-002 Principles of Horticulture, PSS 2210 Floral Design
Maureen Qualia
Instructor of Enology
(806) 834-4780
Teaching: Enology
Glen Ritchie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Crop Physiology with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research
(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.
Associate Professor of Plant Ecology & Conservation


(806) 834-2637


Research: Plant Ecology and Conservation of rare plants.

Teaching: PSS 1411-003 Principles of Horticulture
Sukhbir Singh, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Soil and Water Agroecology
(806) 834-3108

Lindsey Slaughter. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Soil Microbial Ecology/Biochemistry
(806) 834-1345

Charles West, Ph.D.
Thornton Distinguished Chair of Plant and Soil Science
(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 C Weindorf, Ph.D
Associate Dean for Research (CASNR) & BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology (PSS)
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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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