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Max Barnhart

Graduate Student
Burke Lab
Research Interests:

My research aims to understand the genetic basis of heat stress resistance in sunflowers. Heat stress is a major limiter of sunflower seed production that is expected to become more severe in the future due to climate change. By studying the impacts of heat stress across multiple genotypes of wild and cultivated sunflower on traits related to yield, I hope to learn more about the genetic basis and evolution of heat stress resistance.


2020, ASPB BLOOME Grant, Lead PI: Bridging the gap between scientists and the public through the production and dissemination of science zines


2018 - M.S. Biological Sciences, SUNY University at Buffalo.

2016 - B.S. Biological Sciences, SUNY University at Buffalo.

Of note:

2018 UGA G.R.E.A.T Fellowship Recipient

Articles Featuring Max Barnhart

We are thrilled to announce two well-deserved awards presented to Max Barnhart and Yen-Ho Chen from the Department of Plant Biology. 

Congratulations to Derek Denney, a PhD candidate in the Anderson Lab on receiving the department’s 2022 Wilbur Duncan Award!  The award recognizes an outstanding graduate student who excels in at least 2 of the 3 categories of research, teaching, and…

Congratulations to Max Barnhart, PhD candidate in the Burke Lab, for being awarded a prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Fellowship.

Major Professor

John M. Burke

Distinguished Research Professor & Head

Committee Members

Jill Anderson

Courtesy Faculty in Plant Biology

Jessica Barb

Assistant Research Scientist

Daniel Johnson

Courtesy Faculty in Plant Biology

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