Alumni News

Alumnus David Rizzo (Ph.D. 1993featured in the New York Times for his work investigating tree deaths in California due to sudden oak death. 

Plant Pathology Alumnus Mike Wingfield (Ph.D. 1983) was recently honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. Read more >>

Alumnus Zane Grabau (M.S. 2013, Ph.D. 2015) recently was offered the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Entomology and Nematology Department. Read more >>

As an Adjunct Professor at Universidad de la Republica, Plant Pathology alumnus Carlos Perez (PhD 2008, MS 2005) brings together two diverse areas of study focusing on plant disease management of both Eucalyptus tree and field crop diseases in Uruguay. Read more >>

Plant Pathology alumnus John Laurence (MS 1973, PhD 1976) retired from the U.S. Forest Service on September 30, 2015. Read more about the career of Laurence who has held positions at Cornell University, BTI, and the US Forest Service. 

As Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Protection at the National School of Agriculture in Meknes, Morocco, Plant Pathology alumnus Mohammed Boulif (PhD 1986) teaches the next generation of plant pathologists integrated disease management strategies to help them to work with farmers to improve growing practices using sound scientific knowledge and field research results. Read more >>

As the Variety Creation Lead for Pepsico alumnus Haiyan Jia (M.S. 2005) prides herself on being able to create healthy, nutritious and fun food and beverage products for people around the globe. Learn more about her current work as well as how Plant Pathology prepared her for a successful career in industry.

For Plant Pathology Alumna Kathy Kromroy (M.S. 1982, Ph.D. 1999), her work as a Research Plant Pathologist in the Plant Protection Unit of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture extends far beyond conducting research on the different crop groups and pathogens prevalent throughout Minnesota. Kromroy has fostered an inter-institutional relationship between the Department of Plant Pathology, other University partners (University of Minnesota Extension and the Plant Disease Clinic) and the MDA, generating new collaborations that solve plant disease problems across the state.

Robert Noyd Plant Pathology PhD (1995) recently published two books. The most recent, "Mycology Guide: Key Terms and Concepts," was published through American Phytopathological Society Press. This is the second edition of the original "Mycology Reference Cards" published in 2000. The guide serves as a reference for all of those who wish to learn more about mycology. 

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