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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Cathie Lavis

Lavis, CathieAssociate Professor of Landscape Management
Office: 3736 Throckmorton

785-532-6949 fax

Area(s) of Specialization:
Irrigation and Ornamental Horticulture

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Bio Brief

Dr. Lavis states, "Students are my focus. I love hands-on instruction, and I am passionate about all of the courses I teach." Lavis is keen on incorporating new teaching strategies into her courses that focus on student development of critical thinking skills. Through her efforts, K-State was the first university to work hand-in-hand with the Irrigation Association to develop an irrigation system design course that leads to certification through this professional association.

In addition, Dr. Lavis is an award-winning adviser who co-advises Horticulture Club and PLANET with Dr. Greg Davis. She also coordinates opportunities for horticulture students to participate in international travel during their college years. Recently, she has accompanied students on trips to Italy and Costa Rica.


B.S. Agronomy, Oklahoma State University, 1986
M.S. Ornamental Horticulture, Kansas State University, 1993
Ph.D. Agronomy, Kansas State University, 2005


Cabon, J., D. Bremer, Fry, J., and Lavis C. 2016. Effects of soil moisture–based irrigation controllers, mowing height, and trinexapac-ethyl on tall fescue irrigation amounts and mowing requirements. Crop Science—pending review revisions

Lavis, C. C., K. A. Williams, J. Fallin, P. K. Barnes, S. J. Fishback, S. Thien. 2016. Assessing a faculty development program for the adoption of brain-based learning strategies. J. Faculty Development. 30(1): 57-69.

Carmichael, T. R., Boyer, C. R., Griffin, J. J., Warren S. L., and Lavis C. C. 2014. Production and landscape establishment of nursery crops in eastern redcedar-amended substrates. J. Environ. Hort. 32:77-83.

Domenghini, J., D. Bremer, S. Keely, J. Fry, C. Lavis and S. Thien. 2014. Assessing student learning with surveys and a per/post-test in a new online landscape water issues course. Nat. Sci. Educ. 43:109. Doi:10.4195/nse2014.03.0008

Keeley, S., G. Davis*, C. Lavis, J. Fry, K.A. Williams, and C. Miller. 2014. Creating a culture of professionalism in an undergraduate horticulture program. NACTA J. 58 (Supp. 1):72


Course #:TitleSemesterDelivery Method
HORT 508Landscape MaintenanceFallOn Campus
HORT 550Landscape Irrigation SystemsFallOn Campus
HORT 555Landscape Irrigation DesignSpringOn Campus
HORT 585ArboricultureSpringOn Campus
HORT 190Pre-Internship in HorticultureFallOn Campus
HORT 551The Business of Landscape ContractingSpringOn Campus
GenAG 505Horticultural Study AbroadSpringOn Campus