Focus Groups

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Faculty are organized into Focus Groups to stimulate mutual intellectual curiosity, peer support, research coordination and coordination of academic subject matter and course content. 





Plant protection including IPM  in nursery systems


Plant product quality


Plant Physiology/Ornamental Horticulture


Organic farming


Production of nutraceuticals/pharmaceuticals


New/improved technologies that produce biofuels from agricultural materials


Investigating the potential of feed-stocks from raw materials for energy production


Production of biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products from biomass sources


Pesticide and nutrient management in crop production systems


Forest and land sustainability (urban forestry)


Forest and land sustainability (Agroforestry)


Forest resources management for more economic resource utilization and environmental protection

Dr. Margaret Mmbaga, Leader
Dr. Karla Addesso
Dr. Kaushalya Amarasekare
Dr. Ahmad Aziz
Dr. Mathew Blair
Dr. Fitzroy Bullock
Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel
Dr. Arvazena Clardy
Dr. Korsi Dumenyo
Dr. Solomon Haile
Prof. William Hayslett
Dr. Dilip Nandwani
Dr. Jason Oliver
Dr. Dharmalingham Pitchay
Dr. Roger Sauve
Dr. Ali Taheri
Dr. Anthony Witcher
Dr. De’Etra Young
Dr. Suping Zhou



Soil, plant, water and nutrient relationship


Water conservation/irrigation


Natural resources and environmental management/ecology


Climate change


Biological consequences of climate change


Understanding the sequences and duration of weather events and the response of relevant biota


Remote sensing and GIS


Soil, water and air quality


Landscape and landscape architecture


Pesticide and nutrient management in crop production systems


Wildlife management systems

Dr. Jason de Koff, Leader
Dr. Reginald Archer
Dr. Samuel Dennis
Dr. Desh Duseja
Dr. Emanuel Dzantor
Dr. Solomon Haile
Dr. Jianwei Li
Dr. Dilip Nandwani
Dr. Bharat Pokharel
Dr. Sudipta Rakshit
Dr. George Smith
Dr. William Sutton
Dr. De’Etra Young



Economics of agricultural production and farm management


Business management, finance and taxation


Market economics


Marketing and distribution practices


Natural resources and environmental economics


International trade and development


Consumer economics


Community resource planning and development


Domestic policy analysis


Foreign policy and programs

Dr. Enefiok Ekanem, Leader
Dr. Hiren Bhavsar
Prof. Sammy Comer
Dr. Prabode Illukpitiya
Dr. Aditya Khanal
Dr. Lan Li
Dr. Kar Ho Lim
Dr. Fisseha Tegegne



Reproductive performance


Efficiency of nutrient utilization


Genetic improvement and breeding


Environmental stress in animals


Animal management systems


Improved animal products


Animal diseases/immunology


External/internal parasites/pests of animals


Hazards affecting animals

Dr. Samuel Nahashon, Leader
Dr. Richard Browning
Dr. Makonnen Lema



Product development


Food processing and engineering


Maintenance of nutritional quality of food products during processing, storage and marketing


Bioactive food components: nutrient bio-availability and metabolism


Enhancement of nutrient bioavailability –protection & targeted delivery


Ensure food products free of harmful components


Protect food from contamination by pathogenic microorganisms, viruses, and naturally occurring toxins


Develop/evaluate tools or procedures for detection & monitoring foodborne hazards


Requirements and function of nutrients and other food components

Dr. Sandria Godwin, Leader
Dr. Fur-Chi Chen
Dr. Aliyar Fouladkhah
Dr. Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge
Dr. Ankit Patras
Dr. Hongwei Si
Dr. Ying Wu






School-based agricultural education 


Leadership development 


Extension education 


Agricultural communication 

Dr. John Ricketts, Leader
Dr. Thomas Broyles
Dr. John Harris (College of Education)
Dr. Latif Lighari
Dr. De’Etra Young



Animal and plant genome, transcriptome and proteome


Mechanisms of host/environment/gene interaction


Molecular breeding of plants and animals


Molecular markers of genetic improvement


Genetics/genomics and basic plant science


Microbial biotechnology/Food safety



Dr. Ahmad Aziz , Leader
Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel
Dr. Mathew Blair
Dr. Fur-Chi Chen
Dr. Korsi Dumenyo
Dr. Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge
Dr. Margaret Mmbaga
Dr. Samuel Nahashon
Dr. Ali Taheri
Dr. Suping Zhou