Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Faculty Accepting Graduate Students
Dr. Wenjing Guan
Area of Specialization: Commercial Vegetable and Melon Production & Vegetable GraftingLink to Profile Page
We are looking for a graduate student who is going to working on irrigation management in vegetable production. The focus of their research will be on watermelon irrigation management. The primary research location will be at Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center in Vincennes, IN. The student is also expected to engage in outreach activities at Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center and Pinney Purdue Center.
Dr. Yiwei Huang
Area of Specialization: Therapeutic and Edible Gardens for Urban Underrepresented Communities and Public Perception of Sustainable Outdoor DesignLink to Profile Page
The social and ecological benefits of sustainable and edible schoolyard in cities, especially for low-income neighborhoods and/or ethnic minorities. The research area would be in Chicago and Indianapolis.
Dr. Aaron Patton
We are looking for students interested in the opportunity to conduct applied field and laboratory research with a project focused on turfgrass science and weed science in turf systems. The student will research the production of low-input, sustainable sod species and/or research the control of troublesome weeds in turfgrass. Students will interact with a team of Purdue Turf Scientists. This opportunity is suited for anyone wanting an advanced degree in horticulture, turfgrass science, or weed science. Assistantships (subject to availability) will equip students for a career in academia, Extension, or industry or in a position as an agronomist, crop consultant, or educator.
Dr. Aaron Thompson
Area of Specialization:Land Use Planning and Natural Resource ManagementPurdue Landscape Architecture, is recruiting students for a research assistantship position affiliated with the Center for Community and Environmental design that will lead to a Master’s of Science in Landscape Systems and Design. Students seeking to explore opportunities at the intersection of landscape planning and the human dimensions of agroecological systems are strongly encouraged to apply. The specific research topic is dependent on grant funding but will leverage research methods from design, planning, and social sciences to explore innovative approaches to green infrastructure and ecosystem services in the Midwestern landscape.
Dr. Ariana Torres
Area of Specialization:Specialty Crops Marketing, with the end of promoting economic sustainability for the Horticulture Industry.
Dr. Kranthi Varala
Area of Specialization:Molecular basis and regulation of plant abiotic stress tolerance
The Varala lab is recruiting graduate students to work on exciting projects at the interface of plant biology and machine learning. We use a combination of computational and molecular biology tools to explore plant responses and adaptations to environmental challenges. Come join our diverse and inclusive group and explore your own interests in plants and their future in a changing world.
Dr. Josh Widhalm
Area of Specialization:Plant natural product metabolism
The Widhalm lab is recruiting PhD students with a background in molecular biology and an interest in developing biotechnological strategies for producing natural product-based agrichemicals. In the Widhalm laboratory (Twitter: @WidhalmLab), we use functional genomics approaches with synthetic biology tools to advance basic knowledge of plant metabolism. The goal of our research is to translate discoveries of new pathway genes and novel findings about pathway architecture and regulation to design metabolic engineering strategies for applications relevant to sustainable agriculture and toward improving human health.