| ||Akers||Plant Biology||BS||2009||Undergraduate||Yes||University of Georgia|
"I transferred into the Botany Department as a sophomore and found the professors, staff, and students extremely welcoming and helpful. I graduated with my B.S. in Plant Biology in 2009, but I look back fondly on the three years I spent in the program and the opportunities it gave me.
The other botany undergraduates and I quickly became good friends and participated in several activities through the Botany Club. Several of the classes I took helped greatly in securing an internship with the National Park Service for a summer, and I was given the chance to work in a lab and aid in real research projects.
Currently I am pursuing an M.S. degree in Geography at the University of Georgia. My thesis explores the relationship between past climate changes and cultural development and decline of the Maya in Belize. Through field work in Belize, I collected stalagmites from caves that preserve climate records over thousands of years and will analyze them to create a climate history. While my focus has shifted since my undergrad career, the academic mindset and culture of the Botany department well-prepared me for my graduate studies."
| ||Almeida Perez||Plant Biology||PhD||2004||Graduate||Yes||INIA-CENIAP, Venezuela||Researcher||Nick Carpita|
| ||Anderson||Environmental Plant Studies||BS||2010||Undergraduate||No|
| ||Armstrong||Weed Science||MSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Graduate||Yes||Oklahoma State University||Assistant Professor||Kevin Gibson|
| ||Atwater||MSemail@example.com||Graduate||No||Weed Control Unlimited, Inc.||President|
| ||Bai||PhDfirstname.lastname@example.org||Graduate||No||USDA-Kansas State University||Adjunct Professor|
| ||Balasubramaniam||Plant Pathology||PhD||2006||Graduate||Yes||National Institute of Health||Fellow||Sue Loesch-Fries|
| ||Balles||PhD||1987||Graduate||No||Nutrilite||Senior Research Scientist|
| ||Baughman||Environmental Plant Studies||BS||2010||Undergraduate||Yes||Chicago Botanical Gardens|
"I am truly grateful for the education that I received as an undergraduate at Purdue University. The experiences that I had at Purdue are allowing me to explore different job opportunities while also gaining great career and life skills.
I graduated in May 2010 and that summer/fall I participated in the Conservation and Land Management, CLM internship through the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I worked out of the Bureau of Land Management office in Lakeview, Oregon. For part of the internship I worked with a fire ecologist monitoring the fire effects on vegetation for prescribed burn projects. In addition, I collected seeds for the Seeds of Success program.
In January 2011 I will be starting an internship with the Student Conservation Association, SCA. In the winter, I will be teaching environmental education to 3rd through 8th graders around Allenstown, NH. And in the summer I will be working on a conservation trail team, building and maintaining trails around New Hampshire. After this SCA internship I hope to attend graduate school."
| ||Bauman||MSemail@example.com||Graduate||No||Purdue University||Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology|
| ||Beckman||Plant Biology||BSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Undergraduate||Yes||University of Florida|
"I am working toward my MS of Forest Pathology in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) which is in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). I am working with Dr. Jason Smith on a USDA funded grant focusing on the pathogen known as Laurel wilt, specifically the pathogen and one of its hosts the Avocado tree. I trust all is well back in the land of normal school colors….BOILER Black and Gold…..I personally cannot get over this gator royal blue and orange, oh well."
| ||Bluhm||MSemail@example.com||Graduate||No||University of Arkansas||Assistant Professor|
| ||Bluhm||Plant Pathology||PhDfirstname.lastname@example.org||Graduate||Yes||University of Arkansas||Assistant Professor||Charles Woloshuk|
| ||Boellmann||MS||2002||Graduate||No||University of Greifswald, Germany||Research Assistant|
| ||Bohannan||MS||1994||Graduate||No||Bayer Crop Science|
| ||Britton||Weed Ecology||PhDemail@example.com||Graduate||Yes||Methodist University|
"Purdue University and the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology provided me: the opportunity to experience a broad range of learning activities, the facilities to conduct field- and lab-based research, and a group of faculty and staff that are supportive of their students. The Botany and Plant Pathology program aided me in completing my goal of becoming a professor at a liberal arts university by providing a holistic, graduate education that makes me a competitive candidate for my future career choices. If I had to make the decision again to join the department, I certainly would. I am proud to say I am a Purdue Alum, Boiler Up!"
|Assistant Professor of Biology||Carole Lembi|
| ||Broadstone||Plant Biology||BS||2010||Undergraduate||Yes||University of Puerto Rico|
" I loved my 4 years at Purdue! The Botany Department has the exclusive advantage of being small and intimate with the benefits of a "small school" community, while still enjoying all the perks that only a large university can offer. For example, I knew all of my professors personally, and had a good relationship with my other colleagues in the department. I was not just a number in the system with an out-of-touch adviser. Instead I was able to get individual attention and assistance with any problem I faced during my time at Purdue, and I had no trouble getting letters of recommendation when the time came. Because of all this I was able to be a Purdue University Cheerleader, participate in several clubs on campus, maintain a high GPA, and still have a life outside of school.
I finished my studies at Purdue in May 2010, and in June I moved Nevada for a 6 month Conservation and Land Management internship with the Chicago Botanic Garden. There, I had the opportunity to work as a botanist at the Bureau of Land Management in Carson City. Most of my time was spent canvassing the Great Basin and Sierra regions in Northwestern Nevada with the Seeds of Success Program. The aim of the program is to collect, conserve, and develop native plant materials for the stabilization, rehabilitation and restoration of lands in the United States. I was also able to contribute to the ecological management decisions of the BLM by monitoring the plant life in research plots and in threatened aquatic areas, as well as attending several National Environmental Protection Agency meetings.
Currently, I am living in Puerto Rico and contributing to the Long Term Ecological Research project at the Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot. I am helping to complete an annual Seedling Census that will enable further understanding of the factors that determine the structure and associated diversity of tropical forests. If the research is properly applied, it could guide management decisions and conservation practices to mitigate the effects of increasing rates of natural and human disturbance and climate change on the dynamics of forest communities.
I am really enjoying being able to travel around the country, learning through experience about different ecosystems and unique habitats. Next year I hope to apply this knowledge through graduate school research."
| ||Caldwell||Plant Biology||BSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Undergraduate||No||Purdue University||Lab Technician in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources|
| ||Cavaletto||Plant Science||BSemail@example.com||Undergraduate||No||Purdue University||Teaching Coordinator in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology|
| ||Cavaletto||MSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Graduate||No||Purdue University||Teaching Coordinator in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology|
| ||Cavaletto-Garner||Plant Science||BSemail@example.com||Undergraduate||No||USDA||Lab Technician at Purdue University|
| ||Cheng||MS||2005||Graduate||No||Purdue University||Graduate Student|
| ||Cochran||MS||1998||Graduate||No||Syngenta Corp|
| ||Cochran||PhD||2001||Graduate||No||Syngenta Corp|
| ||Cochran||PhD||2001||Graduate||No||Syngenta Crop Protection|
| ||Colvin-San Miguel||MS||2003||Graduate||No||Audrey Edelman and Associates||Realtor|
| ||Cooley||MS||2005||Graduate||No||Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering||Instructor|
| ||Creech||PhD||2007||Graduate||No||University of Nevada||State Weed Specialist|
| ||Daniels||MS||1992||Graduate||No||Rosen's, Inc.||Certified Crop Advisor|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Graduate||No||University of Illinois||Assistant Professor|
| ||Davis||Weed Science||PhDemail@example.com||Graduate||Yes||University of Illinois||Assistant Professor||William Johnson|
| ||Dodds||MSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Graduate||No||Mississippi State University||Assistant Professor|
| ||Doll||Plant Science||BSemail@example.com||Undergraduate||Yes||University of California Cooperative Extension, Merced County, California|
"I finished my M.S. in Plant Pathology in December, 2007, and started the job for the UC cooperative extension in mid-March. The position keeps me quite busy, but I find time to relax. I currently hike, rock climb, fish, and mountaineer within the Sierra Nevada Mountains --Yosemite National Park is 70 miles away. I also ride my bike during the week with a cycling club in Merced.
The department was a great benefit to my undergraduate education. It was large enough to open my eyes to the developing world of science, but small enough to provide opportunities that would not be available in larger departments. I enjoyed my experience there, and look forward to my next visit to Purdue so I can check in on some old friends."
|Assistant Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor|
| ||Donahue||Plant Biology||BS||2007||Undergraduate||No||University of Missouri||Graduate Student|
| ||Eckerle||Plant Science||BS||2003||Undergraduate||Yes||PlantSense|
"At PlantSense we make sensing devices that help consumers make their plants thrive. I have been working with them since the 'very' early stages of the first product. It's always an exciting job.
The department was with me every step of the way while I was at Purdue. The constant attention and encouragement I received from Botany and Plant Pathology as an undergrad had a profound effect on what I was able to accomplish at Purdue and afterwards. Thank you."
|Senior Agricultural Engineer|
| ||Everman||MSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Graduate||No||Michigan State University||Assistant Professor|
| ||Fakhoury||PhD||2001||Graduate||No||Southern Illinois University||Assistant Professor |
| ||Fennimore||PhD||1997||Graduate||No||University of California-Davis||Associate Specialist|
| ||Flaherty||Plant Pathology||PhD||2003||Graduate||Yes||Coker College||Assistant Professor of Biology||Charles Woloshuk|
| ||Foss||MS||2004||Graduate||No||USDA||Lab Technician at Purdue University|
| ||Galitz||MS||1995||Graduate||No||R & D Systems, Inc.|
| ||Gevens||MSemail@example.com ||Graduate||No||University of Wisconsin||Assistant Professor|
| ||Glomski||MS||2000||Graduate||No||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers||Research Scientist|
| ||Goedde||MS||2002||Graduate||No||CSX Transportation||Field Investigations Manager|
| ||Greig||Environmental Plant Studies||BSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Undergraduate||No||Peace Corps||Volunteer in Phillipines|
| ||Harmon||Plant Science||BSemail@example.com||Undergraduate||No||University of Florida||Assistant Professor|
| ||Harper||Plant Biology and Plant Genetics and Breeding||BS||2010||Undergraduate||Yes||University of Kansas|
"I graduated from Purdue in May 2010 with a BS in Plant Biology and a BS in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics. Currently I am a Master’s student in Paleobotany with Dr. Thomas Taylor at the University of Kansas, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My research focus is fungal development in the Triassic and Permian of Antarctica.
One of the most beneficial and valuable decisions of my undergraduate career was double majoring in Plant Biology in the Purdue Botany and Plant Pathology Department. As a student in the department you are given all the opportunities you need to excel both as an undergraduate and in your future career. During my time at Purdue, I was able to take a wide variety of plant-focused courses, conduct undergraduate research, take advantage of the study abroad programs, engage with other students in the Botany Club, and be an undergraduate TA for general botany courses. All of these experiences and more have helped me develop my professional skills that I use daily as a graduate student.
Although my primary focus is paleomycology, a strong background and understanding of plant biology is essential to interpret the intricate relationships of plant-fungal interactions in paleoecosystems. I am forever indebted and thankful to the Botany Department for providing that firm foundation and background in plant biology that I will use throughout my professional career."
| ||Hartzler||Plant Science||BSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Undergraduate||No||Iowa State University||Professor in the Department of Agronomy|
| ||Helliwell||MSemail@example.com ||Graduate||No||Penn State University||Graduate Student|
| ||Henry||Plant Biology||BSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Undergraduate||Yes||Purdue University|
"An amazing aspect of the Botany and Plant Pathology program is the freedom of choice you have in choosing classes. I have taken classes from many College of Agriculture departments and from departments in other colleges. I have taken classes in agronomy, horticulture, entomology, science, foreign languages, and philosophy. So, while the concentration is plant biology, botany students will not be stuck in such classes every semester of every year. This freedom allows you to expand your knowledge base and become a much more complete student and person."
| ||Hillger||MS||2002||Graduate||No||Dow AgroSciences||Field Scientist|
| ||Hillger||PhD||2006||Graduate||No||Dow AgroSciences||Field Scientist|
| ||Hoft-Janasch||MS||2006||Graduate||No||Metabolite Profiling Facility, Purdue University||Research Technician|
| ||Huq||PhD||1997||Graduate||No||University of Texas at Austin||Assistant Professor |
| ||Indriolo||Graduate||PhD||2009||Graduate||Yes||Department of Cell and System Biology, University of Toronto|
"I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Daphne Goring in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto. My PhD research in Botany and Plant Pathology focused on arsenic tolerance and hyperaccumulation in the unique fern genera Pteris with a focus on Pteris vittata in the laboratory of Professor Jody Banks. During my graduate studies I expanded both my skill set at a plant molecular biologist as well as my abilities to be a critical and thoughtful scientist. I found that the facilities in the department were good with greenhouse and growth chamber space as well as support staff. I most definitely benefited from our seminar series as well as the interdepartmental Plant Biology Lecture Series. I did not realize it at the time, but I appreciate that the Botany Graduate Student Organization (GSO) ran a fundraiser that helped contribute to graduate student travel grants to conferences in addition to funding from the department. As a teaching assistant in the department I was able to get valuable teaching experience as a graduate student.
I have found that what has been the most important aspect of my time at Purdue was that I was properly prepared for the next stage of my career. My PhD studies gave me a strong foundation in the fundamentals of plant molecular biology and the flexibility to pursue a new field of research as a postdoc changing from arsenic tolerance in ferns to cell signaling in pollen-pistil interactions in the Brassicaceae. The teaching experience as a graduate student also helped prepare me for giving lectures to undergraduates here at U of T in the 400 level plant molecular biology class. Lastly, the most important thing that I feel that I have brought from my PhD is the ability to keep learning and expanding my skill set: in the laboratory, in the classroom and now in the office with grant writing and student mentoring."
|Post-Doctoral Fellow||Dr. Jody Banks|
| ||Johnston||MS||2002||Graduate||No||Larsen Coop||Agronomist|
| ||Jordan||Plant Science||BSemail@example.com||Undergraduate||No||University of Wisconsin||Post-Doc in the Department of Plant Pathology|
| ||Jordan||MS||2003||Graduate||No||University of Wisconsin||Post Doc in the Department of Plant Pathology|
| ||Karanjkar||MS||1994||Graduate||No||Capitol One Auto Finance||Business Intelligence Architect|
| ||Knapke||Plant Science||BS||2004||Undergraduate||No||Monsanto||Marker Director |
| ||Knapke||MS||2006||Graduate||No||Monsanto||Marker Director |
| ||Knapke||Plant Biology||BS||2010||Undergraduate||No||University of Texas||Graduate Student|
| ||Knapke||Plant biology||BS||2010||Undergraduate||Yes||University of Texas, Austin Marine Science Institute|
"I had a wonderful time in my four years studying Botany at Purdue University. I was able to have rewarding relationships with the faculty, staff and students in the department while learning a tremendous amount of information. Through the department, I was able to get a position doing lab work and undergraduate research and experienced a lot of the techniques that are used in real-world job applications – which REALLY helped when going through classes, applying for internships, jobs, and graduate schools.
I graduated with a B.S. from the Botany Department in 2010 and am now working on a M.S. in Marine Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute. My focus is on the phytoplankton distribution in the Gulf of Mexico in relation to currents and the BP oil spill.
Even though my main focus has changed, the background I have in Plant Biology is extremely relevant in my studies now. Plants are the basis of almost every food web, and the study of plant biology has huge applications to every other field. I believe the faculty and curriculum in the department gave me a great base of knowledge to draw from and to expand on in my future studies."
| ||Kraker||Environmental Plant Studies||BS||2010||Undergraduate||No|
| ||Kruger||MSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Graduate||No||Purdue University||Graduate Student|
| ||Kruger||Graduate||PhD||2010||Graduate||Yes||University of Nebraska, Lincoln|
"My education and experience in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Purdue University prepared me both academically and professionally for a professional position upon graduation. It gave me the life-long friendships which are invaluable. The faculty and staff in the department bring together a culmination of experience and knowledge that is unique from any other department in the country. The reputation of the department, faculty and staff, and the university has opened doors that I would have never known about otherwise. Unlike some academic institutions, the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Purdue strives for a collegial environment in which students have the opportunity to learn from faculty and other students in a wide array of disciplines. My experience at Purdue was truly a “Once in a Life-Time Opportunity” and I am a proud graduate of Boiler U."
|Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: West Central Research and Extension Center||Bill Johnson|
| ||Lapaire-Harmon||MSemail@example.com ||Graduate||No||University of Florida||Interim Director of the UF Plant Disease Clinic|
| ||LaRiva||Environmental Plant Studies||BSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Undergraduate||No||Purdue University||Graduate Student|
| ||Lee||Plant Science||BSemail@example.com||Undergraduate||No||Indiana University||Lecturer|
| ||Lehman||PhD||1994||Graduate||No||Otterbein College||Associate Professor|
| ||Leonberger||Plant Biology||BSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Undergraduate||No||Purdue University||Graduate Student|
| ||Leva||MS||1979||Graduate||No||Haskell Laboratory for Health and Enviromental Studies||Senior Ecotoxicologist|
| ||Li||PhD||2005||Graduate||No||Texas A & M University||Assistant Research Scientist|
| ||Lo||PhD||1999||Graduate||No||University of Hong Kong||Assistant Professor |
| ||Marencik||MS||1999||Graduate||No||Illinois EPA||Manager|
| ||McCarthy||Plant Biology and Biology (double major)||BSemail@example.com||Undergraduate||No|
| ||McDowell||Plant Science||BSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Undergraduate||No||University of Hawaii||Graduate Student|
| ||McDuffee||MS||2008||Graduate||No||Valent||Seed Treatment Specialist|
| ||McMillan||Crop Protection||BSemail@example.com||Undergraduate||No||Purdue University||Graduate Student|
| ||Meade||Plant Biology||BSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Undergraduate||No||Iowa State University||Graduate Student|
| ||Mercure||MS||1994||Graduate||No||Paramount Farming Company||Propagation Lab Manager|
| ||Mertz||Plant Biology||BS||2008||Undergraduate||No||Cornell University||Graduate Student|
| ||Mock||Weed Science||MS||2009||Graduate||Yes||University of Illinois||Research Technician||William Johnson|
| ||Monroe||MS||1996||Graduate||No||Purdue University||Extension Educator|
| ||Mowen||MS||1999||Graduate||No||Helena Chemical Company||Key Account Manager|
| ||Nelson||PhD||2001||Graduate||No||US Army Corp of Engineers||Plant Physiologist|
| ||Netherland||MS||1989||Graduate||No||University of Florida||Professor|
| ||Ng||PhD||2001||Graduate||No||University of California-Riverside||Assistant Professor |
| ||Ott||MS||2006||Graduate||No||Valent USA|
| ||Panaccione||PhD||1989||Graduate||No||West Virginia University||Professor of Mycology|
| ||Qamar||PhD||2007||Graduate||No||United Arab Emirates University||Faculty Member|
| ||Quackenbush||Environmental Plant Studies||BSemail@example.com||Undergraduate||No||Purdue University||Graduate Student|
| ||Quello||Plant Pathology||MS||2009||Graduate||Yes||Monsanto|
"What makes the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Purdue University great, are the professionals in the department. The office staff are caring, resourceful, and helpful individuals with a seamlessly endless amount of vitality and patience. The professors in the department take an interest in their students and most will make the time to sit down and talk with their students. The combination of course and lab work at Purdue is what prepared me for my job at Monsanto as a Research Associate in plant pathology. My primary focus at work is screening and looking for disease on lettuce and broccoli. Thanks to my fungal biology and pathology courses, I am easily able to identify common pathogens that infect these two crops. I’ve used skills I obtained in the required diagnostics course to identify downy mildew, botrytis, and sclerotinia on broccoli and lettuce. The disease triangle pushes to the front of my mind when determining the ideal conditions for infection on these crops. The research I completed in Dr. Beckerman’s laboratory gave me the hands on experience of working in a lab, coordinating with my peers, writing scientific literature, and independent problem solving. I use the skills I learned in the lab as much—if not more than the knowledge I gained by taking courses at Purdue. With the help of Purdue, the botany and pathology department, and my major professor, I have a job I excel at and enjoy. "
|Research Associate||Janna Beckerman|
| ||Ranieri||MS||1995||Graduate||No||Barilla||Research Manager|
| ||Ritenour||MS||1976||Graduate||No||Farm Credit Services of Mid-America||Financial Services Officer|
| ||Rollins||PhD||1996||Graduate||No||Universit of Florida||Associate Professor|
| ||Romig||MS||1955||Graduate||No||Trigen Seed LLC||CEO|
| ||Romig||PhD||1957||Graduate||No||Trigen Seed LLC||CEO|