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Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia. 

The Plant Biology department provides an open, inclusive and supportive intellectual environment for students, postdocs, staff and faculty to identify and address cross-cutting fundamental challenges in plant and fungal biology. 

We pride ourselves in the breadth and depth of training opportunities in both research and teaching that we provide our graduate students in the Plant Biology program. Our faculty includes internationally recognized researchers advancing knowledge of biological processes acting at all scales, from biochemical and molecular to our global ecosystem. Many of our faculty have interdisciplinary research programs that span multiple traditionally-defined research domains. In addition to plant and fungal biology, our program includes experts in insect evolutionary biology, computational biology, and discipline-based science education, providing our students with a unique breadth of opportunities in their professional training and research. 

The Plant Biology major is aimed at giving students a broad understanding of plant and/or fungal biology relevant to current environmental and societal challenges, and thus relevant to jobs. It includes several core classes similar to a biology major (e.g. genetics, evolution) but provides the flexibility to build an interdisciplinary program of study from a broader range of courses and pursue an emphasis in either Plant Ecology & Environment, Plant Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, or Plants & Microbes.

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Latest News

An article published last week in Science illuminates the gender pay gap at universities: More women scientists work as professors today than at any time in history.
Congratulations to Derek Denney, ad PhD candidate in the Anderson Lab, for receiving a Bill Dahl Graduate Student Research Award from the Botanical Society of America!  Derek received funding to study the effects of changing carbon dioxide (CO2) and temperatures on the plant species
Congratulations to Piotr Tuczapski (Trapnell lab) for receiving two grants, one from the American Orchid Society and the second the Bill Dahl Graduate Student Research Award from the Botanical Society of America.

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Julian Resasco, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (University of Colorado-Boulder)

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Amanda Gibson, Department of Biology (University of Virginia)

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Dr. Chandra Jack, Department of Biology (Clark University)

2401 Miller Plant Sciences & Zoom (email chelsea7@uga.edu for link)

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Our Undergraduate Program

The Department of Plant Biology's undergraduate program provides students with training in cutting-edge Science and maintains a tight-knit community for students to study plants and/or fungi within an overarching evolutionary framework. Students majoring in Plant Biology may select from three areas of emphasis: Plant Ecology & Environment, Plant Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, or Plants & Microbes. Plant Biology students take introductory biology classes (e.g. Evolution and Ecology, Genetics) then select an area of emphasis to put together an interdisciplinary program of study with a wider range of electives than a standard Biology degree. 

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Our Graduate Program

In our graduate program, we pride ourselves in the breadth and depth of training opportunities in both research and teaching that we provide our graduate students in the Plant Biology program. Our faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in all levels of biology, from biochemistry to global change. Faculty listed by broad research areas can be found here (http://www.plantbio.uga.edu/research), but keep in mind that many of our faculty have interdisciplinary research programs that span traditional areas. Please check out our department's brochure and contact faculty of interest.

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