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.


Dr. Andrew Doust, associate professor of botany, has been awarded a 4-year grant totaling $3.2 million from the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP). Dr. Doust will be studying genetic regulation of specialized branches in grasses, known as "tillers". As part of this project, Dr. Doust will also be working closely with Dr. Julie Angle, OSU assistant professor and coordinator of the seconodary science education program, to integrate high school science teachers into a research enviornment during the summers, combined with professional development activities, to help educators gain a deeper understanding into how scientific knowledge is generated and to assist them with curriculum development. The complete story can be found at http://www.news@ocolly.com.

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

The OSU Foundation and OSU Graduate College has selected Sally Kittrell to receive an OSU Foundation Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year.  This fellowship will provide $2,200 toward her educational expenses.  Sally is a Plant Science Ph.D. candidate working with Drs. Janette Steets (Associate Professor of Botany) and Gail Wilson (Professor of Natural Resources and Ecology Management) on the mycorrhizal fungi in wetland ecosystems at the Nature Conservancy’s Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in Osage County.

Honorable Mention - Shannon Bever
2013 OSUBS Photo Contest

News & Announcements

The Life Science Freshman Research Scholars (LSFRS) Program is designed to help freshman students majoring in Botany and other life science disciplines identify a research project, establish a research connection with an OSU faculty member, and participate in a research project. First-semester freshmen majoring in the life sciences (Botany, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Zoology) may apply to the program.  Students majoring in any of these disciplines can conduct research with Botany faculty.  For more information and to download the application, please visit http://zoology.okstate.edu/undergraduate-studies/lsfrs.  The application deadline is September 5, 2014.

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. 

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) 744-3285