Welcome to the Botany Department!

Welcome to the Botany Department at Oklahoma State University. We are a dynamic department devoted to understanding plant biology, from molecules to ecosystems. Our faculty have comprehensive research programs in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and in Cell & Molecular Biology.   We regularly publish in top tier journals and are committed to excellence in teaching.  We provide opportunities for research experiences for our undergraduates through our B.S. Botany and B.S. Biological Science programs. Our Graduate Program offers an M.S. in Botany and a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences. 

The Botany Department Office is located in 301 Physical Sciences. Faculty have offices and labs in Physical Sciences, Life Science East basement, or the Henry Bellmon Research Center (Faculty Directory). The OSU Herbarium is in the LSE basement.


AJ Harris was selected to serve as one of 20 student volunteers on the Scinet team at the 2013 Super Computing Conference in Denver Colorado. Scinet is responsible for setting up the communications network for the conference of ~ 10,000 participants. Her participation as a student volunteer enabled her to gain hands-on computer networking experience and attend oral presentations by professionals. AJ's conference and travel expenses were covered by the Super Computing Conference committee and Oklahoma EPScoR.  AJ is a Ph.D. Plant Sciences student in the Botany Department working under the direction of Dr. Michael Palmer, OSU Regents Professor.

Professor Gerald Schönknecht's publication in Science 339: 1207-1210 is receiving a lot of press (for details see here).


Honorable Mention - Shannon Bever
2013 OSUBS Photo Contest

News & Announcements

Faculty Job Opening:  Visiting Lecturer sought to teach undergraduate courses.

VISITING LECTURER.  The Department of Botany at Oklahoma State University is looking for a full-time visiting lecturer for the 2014-15 academic year.  This is a non-tenure track, nine-month teaching position.  Course assignments may include Introductory Plant Biology, General Biology, General Genetics, and/or Plant Physiology.  Plant Biology and Plant Physiology are lab courses that require supervision of Graduate Teaching Assistants.  Teaching load will be 3 courses totaling ~12 credit hours/semester.

Position requires a Ph.D. in biology or closely related field. Teaching experience is preferred.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. OSU-Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus.

Please send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, a philosophy of teaching, and contact information for four references to:  linda.watson10@okstate.edu.
Linda Watson, Head of Botany, 301 Physical Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74074.  For more information, call 405-744-6674.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected OSU Regents Professor Dr. David Meinke as a 2013 AAAS Fellow. Meinke earned distinction for his pioneering work in the field of plant molecular genetics and in developing and promoting Arabidopsis as a model organism. He continues to conduct genetics research that is focused on functional genomics of seed development and the identification of essential genes.

Hope Goertz, among six students honored in a white coat ceremony for first year medical students at the OSU School of Osteopathic Medicine. Hope was selected as the Outstanding Senior in Botany in 2013. She was born in Germany but is a Stillwater High School graduate.

Ben Haack, Botany undergraduate, was awarded a Wentz Scholarship for Fall 2013 for $4500. He is working with Mark Fishbein on "A putative new species of highland Mexican milkweed in Asclepias (Apocynaceae)." He also received the Paul Buck Botany Award from the Oklahoma Native Plant Society for an outstanding presentation at the Oklahoma Academy of Science meeting this past November. 

Josh McLoud was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  This is a three year fellowship funded by the NSF, which is in addition to his two year OK-LSAMP fellowship.  Josh is working with Dr. Ming Yang on the identification and characterization of mutations that suppress meiosis in Arabidopsis.

Angela Rein, PhD Candidate, was awarded a National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant for $18,941 in support of her research.  Her project is entitled:  Turning Vines Into Trees: A Genome Skimming Approach to the Phylogenetics of New World Milkweed Vines (Matelea, subg. Chthamalia, Apocynaceae).  Angela is a PhD Plant Sciences candidate working with Dr. Mark Fishbein.

Contact Information

Oklahoma State University, Department of Botany, 301 Physical Science, Stillwater, OK 74078-3013
E-mail: botany@okstate.edu, Telephone: (405) 744-5559, Fax: (405) 744-1797