John Burke's lab has been in the news with a recent paper on floral symmetry in sunflower and the similarity of the double-flowered mutant to van Gogh's sunflowers. Click here to read more about this project.
The Malmberg lab uses genetic and genomic approaches to study carnivorous pitcher plants (Sarracenia).
Bioenergy: Georgia's new Bioenergy Science Center is one of three centers funded by the U.S. Dept of Energy that aim to make cellulosic biofuels from e.g. switchgrass cost competitive with gasoline by 2012.
Clint Oakley, a graduate student in the Schmidt lab, investigates coral carbon fixation and their response to climate change. Clint was awarded a prestigious EPA STAR Fellowship for this research.
Shu-Mei Chang and Chris Peterson designed a new course to prepare education students for teaching science to elementary education students. The course is entitled Life & Earth Science.
Our faculty participated in the annual department retreat on August 9, 2012 at the Botanical Garden.
Xiaorong Lin, a Plant Biology alum from Michelle Momany’s lab, is now an assistant professor at Texas A&M University working on fungal pathogenesis and antifungal drugs.
The Herbarium group is actively involved with floristic studies in the Southeast. Here S. Lee Echols examines epiphytes growing on a live oak on Cumberland Island, a National Park in Georgia.
Haibao Tang, a Plant Biology alum from Andy Paterson's lab, is now the Senior Bioinformatics Engineer in Plant Genomics at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland.
Kathrin Stanger-Hall and Stephanie Pearl taught a science communication class. Click for the Columns article on the class. Click to access their presentations on YouTube and Podcast.
Luanna Prevost, a recent grad in the Peterson lab, investigated ecological impacts of deforestation on biodiversity in Costa Rica. She received the Duncan Award for excellence in research, teaching & service.
Green every day: The department maintains seven greenhouses with a floor area of approximately 24,000 sq. ft., a transplant garden area and lath house, 18 growth chambers, and three growth rooms.
Our alum Steve Franks is an associate professor at Fordham University in NY. Read the Science article about the project Steve and other plant evoluntionary biologists are doing collecting and banking seeds.
R. Kelly Dawe will oversee a $5,014,464 grant that may result in the development of artificial corn chromosomes that can successfully reproduce desirable traits, such as drought or disease resistance.
Did you know? The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) is a valuable resource for research focusing on the ecology of southeastern plants and habitats.
FInd out in our next newsletter how our graduate students and post-docs are helping to promote the study of plants at one of the local middle schools.
Tyler Kartzinel, a graduate student in the Trapnell lab, is examining the effects of landscape variation and mycorrhizal fungi on the distribution of a neotropical epiphytic orchid and its genetic diversity.
Jenny Cruse-Sanders, a Plant Biology alum, is the director of research and conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Read about Jenny's career and continued connection to UGA in our newsletter.
The Plant Center faculty are committed to training the next generation of scientists and professionals. Most plant science research at UGA is extramurally funded by the National Science Foundation and several other research agencies. This funding permits the Plant Center faculty to provide work experience opportunities for undergraduate students, and to mentor undergraduate students who want to participate in undergraduate research experiences.
UGA's Plant Biology Department is one of the top ranked plant biology departments in the United States. Students in the Graduate Program can pursue both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in many areas of plant and fungal biology, including emphases in ecology, systematics, evolutionary biology, molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics, cellular and developmental biology, biochemistry and physiology, and biology education.
Since we can only accept a limited number of graduate students each year, your chances of admission will be improved by early and complete submission of your application materials. In general, all successful applicants receive full financial aid. Start the application process now.