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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Faculty Spotlight

Adam Ahlers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife & Outdoors Management

AAhlersAdam Ahlers was born and raised in Northeast Nebraska. His non-traditional career path has allowed him to work a variety of different positions before happily settling into academia. While living in Nebraska, he worked on several farms and ranches and was a habitat technician and supervisor in two Natural Resources Districts. He was an active duty paratrooper in the United States Army (101st Airborne Division) and a member of the Army National Guard. After his service in the U.S. Army, Adam moved to Illinois where he studied semiaquatic mammals with the Illinois Natural History Survey and University of Illinois. Most of Adam's free time is spent with his wife and two daughters exploring the Flint Hills of Kansas or hunting pheasants, grouse, and waterfowl in the Central Flyway

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Sunghun Park, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Horticulture Crop Improvement

SParkDr. Park states, the general goal of his research program is to "increase the nutritional value and production efficiency of horticultural crops by using biotechnology." His very active research program includes projects to increase calcium concentrations in fruits and vegetables; metabolic engineering of flavonoids in fruits and vegetables; studying plant adaptation to stresses such as salinity, cold, and drought tolerance; engineering ornamental plants for phytoremediation; and molecular breeding for biofuels.

Dr. Park is the department's tissue culture expert, and he teaches an advanced undergraduate and graduate course on the subject. Outside of the lab, Park enjoys traveling to Galveston, Texas, to ocean fish.

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