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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Horticulture and Natural Resources

2021 Throckmorton Hall
Fax: 785-532-5894
E-mail: kelleyb@k-state.edu

Department Head

Steve Keeley

Director of Graduate Studies

Dale Bremer

Graduate Faculty:

*Adam Ahlers, Ph.D., University of Illinois
*Charles J. Barden, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
*Manreet Bhullar, Ph.D., Iowa State University
*Cheryl R. Boyer, Ph.D., Auburn University
*Dale J. Bremer, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Ted T. Cable, Ph.D., Purdue University
*Jeremy Cowan, Ph.D., Washington State University
Gregory L. Davis, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Jessica Fefer, Ph.D., Clemson University
*Jack D. Fry, Ph.D., Colorado State University
*Jason Griffin, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
*Steven J. Keeley, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Catherine C. Lavis, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Chad Miller, Ph.D., Cornell University
*Sunghun Park, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
*Brian Peterson, Ph.D., Clemson University
*Eleni Pliakoni, Ph.D., University of Thessaly
*C. B. Rajashekar, Ph.D., Colorado State University
*Andrew Ricketts, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Cary Rivard, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
*Ryan Sharp, Ph.D., University of Georgia
*Candice A. Shoemaker, Ph.D., Michigan State University
*Daniel Sullins, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Kimberly Williams, Ph.D., North Carolina State University

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students


The Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources offers courses of study leading to degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy in diverse study areas and graduate certificates in advanced horticulture and horticultural therapy. Study areas include: environmental stress and molecular biology; forestry, recreation and natural resources; horticulture and human health; sustainable food production; and turf and ornamentals.

The department is housed in Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center and has over 15,000 square feet of modern office, laboratory and classroom space and 30,500 square feet of greenhouse space. Faculty have individual research labs, equipped for their specific type of research. Field research is conducted on our five off-campus research centers located in Manhattan and throughout the state. Cooperative research programs exist with the KSU departments of pathology, soil science, entomology, agronomy, biochemistry, microbiology, marketing, food science, health and nutrition, kinesiology, psychology, education and other disciplines.

The department consists of 22 faculty members, about 40 graduate students and 10 research associates, as well as post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists. The faculty have received awards for excellence in research, teaching, and extension, and serve in leadership positions with various professional societies grants panels, etc. Faculty receive competitive research grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, National Park Service, foundations, and industry groups.

The graduate program is dedicated to providing advanced discipline training, breadth and depth in research training, and mentoring to our students. The goal is the scholarly and professional development of research scientists, extension specialists, teachers, and horticultural business leaders.


Applications are accepted at any time of the year, and graduate studies can begin during fall, spring or summer terms. Applying early increases the probability of being awarded an assistantship. Departmental admission requirements can be found at http://www.hnr.k-state.edu/graduate/admissions.html. Applications are completed online at http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/.

Financial Support

Research and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. All students on an assistantship qualify for in-state tuition. Students may also be eligible to apply for fellowships from private and federal sources.



Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Master of Science Emphasis Area(s)

Graduate Certificate




Park Management and Conservation

Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management