Faculty

Faculty members in the Department of Horticulture & Natural Resources come from many different backgrounds and focus on a variety of disciplines.

Emeritus Faculty
Steve Keeley

Steve Keeley, PhD

Department Head
Turfgrass Science
Email Dr. Keely

Adam Ahlers

Adam Ahlers

Associate Professor
Wildlife & Outdoor Management
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Charles Barden

Charles Barden, PhD

Professor | Director of Tuttle Forestry Research Center
Forestry
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Manreet Singh Bhullar

Manreet Singh Bhullar, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Produce Safety
Email Dr. Keely

Cheryl Boyer

Cheryl Boyer, PhD

Professor | Extension Specialist
Nursery Crop Production and Marketing
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Ross Braun

Ross Braun, PhD

Assistant Professor
Turfgrass & Landscape Managment
Email Dr. Brunson

Michael Brunson

Michael Brunson, PhD

Teaching Assistant Professor | Undergraduate Program Director
Park Management & Conservation
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Jeremey Cowan

Jeremy Cowan, PhD

Assistant Professor
Sustainable Food Production Systems
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Jack Fry

Jack Fry, PhD

Professor | Extension Specialist
Turfgrass Science
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Joe Gerken

Joe Gerken, PhD

Instructor | Extension Specialist
Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management
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Jason Griffin

Jason Griffin, PhD

Professor | Extension Specialist
Woody Ornamental & Industrial Hemp
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Scott McElwain

Scott McElwain

Director of K-State Gardens
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Chad Miller

Chad Miller, PhD

Associate Professor
Landscape Horticulure
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Sunghun Park

Sunghun Park, PhD

Professor | Director of Graduate Programs
Crop Functional Genomics
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Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Park Management & Conservation
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Eleni Pliakoni

Eleni Pliakoni, PhD

Associate Professor
Urban Food Production & Postharvest Handling
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CB Rajashekar

CB Rajashekar

Professor
Food Crops & Phytochemicals
Email Raj

Drew Ricketts

Drew Ricketts, PhD

Assistant Professor | Extension Specialist
Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management
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Cary Rivard

Cary Rivard, PhD

Professor | Extension Specialist
Vegetable Crops | Director of Olathe Horticulture Research & Extension
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Ryan Sharp

Ryan Sharp, PhD

Associate Professor
Park Management & Conservation
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Irina Sheshukova

Irina Sheshukova

Instructor
Floral Design
Email Irina

Dan Sullins

Dan Sullins, PhD

Assistant Professor
Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management
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Ward Upham

Ward Upham

Extension Associate
Horticulture Rapid Response Center
Email Ward

Kim Williams

Kimberly Williams, PhD

Professor
Greenhouse Management
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