Welcome to the Botany Department!
Welcome to the Botany Department at Oklahoma State University. We are a dynamic group devoted to understanding plant biology, from molecules to ecosystems. Our faculty have comprehensive research programs, and regularly publish in top tier journals. We are committed to excellence in teaching, and we provide opportunities for research experiences for our undergraduates. The Graduate Program includes an M.S. in Botany and 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.
OCAST research grants were awarded to Andrew Doust and Ming Yang. Dr. Yang's project title is "Substrates of SCFs in Arabidopsis reproductive tissues.” This investigation aims to better understand the mechanisms of different herbicides and the role of an F-box protein in seed development. Dr. Doust will investigate the genetic regulation of seed oil composition in Paysonia species in order to better understand how to create novel high-value seed oils that can replace castor oil.
Professor Gerald Schönknecht's publication in Science 339: 1207-1210 is receiving a lot of press (for details see here).
Angela Rein was awarded $1000 for fieldwork in Mexico.
Justin Dee was awarded a $500 Huyck Grant for summer 2013. Justin is a PhD student with Dr. Palmer and travelled to Rensselaerville, NY to work with Dr. Susan Beatty to collect perennial understory plants.
Botany Professor Bill Henley's recent multiple-authored article concerning environmental risk assessment of genetically modified algae: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211926412000549 was highlighted by the journal editors: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211926413000076#
Kimberly Rogers, Botany undergraduate student, was awarded a Freshman Research Scholarship this year to work with Andrew Doust on her project, "Genetic Control of Shattering in Foxtail Millet."
Alex Hardison, Botany undergraduate, was selected as an
OK-LSAMP research scholar and will be working with Sally Kittrell, a graduate student of Janette Steets. In his project, he will examine the importance of mycorrhizal fungi in the growth of wetland plants.
Lydia Meador was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to be used in her Ph.D. studies at Arizona State University.
Several Botany faculty, staff, and graduate students attended the first "Bioinformatics of Entangled Genomes" workshop which was held at OSU in August 2012. This advanced supercomputing and bioinformatics workshop was hosted by the Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate Program, the Entangled Genomes program, and iCREST. Mark Fishbein and Andrew Doust were among the organizers for this event. [Word doc] [PDF]
Honorable Mention - Shannon Bever
2013 OSUBS Photo Contest
News & Announcements
Dr. Digamber Borgaonkar received his 50 year pin from Dr. Danilowicz, Dean of Arts and Sciences at the Botany reception on September 13th. Dr. Borgaonkar was selected for the 2013 OSU Distinguished Alumni Award. He received his Ph.D. in Botany 50 years ago and has had a distinguished career in medical genetics including serving on the faculty of Johns Hopkins Medical School and as a lab director at the National Institutes of Health. He has authored over 300 publications and several books.
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.
Lance Swearengin was named the Speairs Fellow for 2013 and worked with Mark Fishbein in the OSU Herbarium. Lance is a senior Horticulture major from Midwest City. The Speairs Fellowship was originally funded by the late Richard K. Speairs and continues today through his wife Dr. Betty Speiars.
AJ Harris, Plant Science Ph.D. student, was awarded an EAPSI Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This 8-week summer program allowed her to travel to China to conduct field and lab work at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou with Prof. Chengxin Fu, Head of the Laboratory of Systematic & Evolutionary Botany and Biodiversity.
Nicole Bryant, Josh McLoud, and Molly Parkhust, graduate students in the Department of Botany, were awarded the Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship from the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. Nicole works with David Meinke in the area of plant molecular genetics. Josh is working with Ming Yang in the area of cell and molecular biology. Molly is working with Janette Steets in the area of plant population genetics.