Many of the faculty hire students both during the school year as well as during the summer months.  Since employment possibilities vary with work schedules and availability of money, it is best to check in-person with the faculty member.   Work study funds are not necessarily required for employment. 

If you are interested in a individual problem or research project for a 470, 489, 490 or 570 credit, please talk with these same faculty members.


Name and Field of Study Office Number

Blake, Tom -- Develop and identifying barley varieties which will help Montana farmers improve competitively and expand understanding of genetic principles which control ability to create improved barley varieties

209 Plant BioScience Bldg

Bruckner, Phil -- Development of high-yielding winter wheat varieties that have good agronomic characteristics and resistance to disease and insect pests

407 Leon Johnson Hall
Burrows, Mary -- My research addresses problems faced by the growers of Montana. Current projects include integrated management of seedling damping off in chickpea and the role of planting density and seed treatments in disease development in spring wheat. 207 Plant BioScience Bldg

Cripps, Cathy -- My research is focused on the ecological and taxonomic aspects of higher fungi, primarily Basidiomycetes. I am particularly interested in mycorrhizal fungi associated with aspen

309 Plant BioScience Bldg
Dougher, Tracy  -- The long-term goal of my research is to find equivalent control methods to reduce the environmental impact of greenhouse and nursery production. My approach includes understanding effects of light quality on plant growth and propagation, utilizing resource recovery, and increasing use of native plants in the landscape. 314 Leon Johnson Hall

Dunkel, Florence -- My research focuses on the use of plant-based natural products for insect management, particularly related to postharvest ecosystems. Current projects include exploration of Montana wheat varietal resistance to postharvest insects; use of plant-based products with entomopathogenic fungi for management of insects; and use of natural products in the holistic management of malaria in West African (Malian) villages

3 Marsh Lab

Dyer, Alan --The adoption of minimal tillage practices in Montana has enhanced the survival of residue and soil-borne pathogens of small grains.  As pathogen populations increase, their negative impacts on small grains increase.  By studying the survival of residue and soil-borne plant pathogens, we hope to define cultural practices that will mitigate the negative impacts of these pathogens.

208 Plant BioScience Bldg
Dyer, Bill   -- Physiology and molecular biology of seed dormancy maintenance and release in Avena fatua; biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology of herbicide/plant interactions 726 Leon Johnson Hall
Fischer, Andreas --  Plant biochemistry with particular interests in the role of carbon/nitrogen "crosstalk" in the regulation of nitrogen metabolism and in understanding the molecular & biochemical basis of protein degradation in leaves’ metabolism 210 Plant BioScience Bldg
Giroux, Mike -- Molecular genetics and cereal chemistry of small grain quality. Identifying the genetic and biochemical basis of end use quality aspects such as grain hardness and starch quality 203 Plant BioScience Bldg
Grey, Bill -- My research interests include soilborne diseases of crops and weeds, and diseases of mint. 214 Plant BioScience Bldg
Hoch, Bill --I am working on improvement of the oilseed crop Camelina sativa, which has a variety of potentially major applications for both the oil and meal.  This work is directed primarily in two areas: increasing the content of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential in the human diet and have a number of health benefits, and reducing the content of glucosinolates, which decrease palatability of the meal.  I am also involved in the improvement of woody nursery crops, including Viburnum, Spiraea and Betula.  One recent focus is the development of DNA markers in Viburnum for use in marker-assisted breeding and evolutionary studies.   409 Leon Johnson Hall
Huang, Li -- Plant host-pathogen interaction emphasizing on the genetic mechanisms of resistance gene mediated defense responses in host and the pathogenicity in the pathogens. Research programs include “Functional analysis of the Lr21-mediated resistance pathway” and “Molecular characterization of avirulence/virulence genes of the wheat leaf rust fungal pathogen”. 307 Plant BioScience Bldg.
Ivie Michael --My research is divided between work on the systematics of the Coleoptera and insect conservation biology. I am particularly interested in the higher classification of the beetles, based on phylogenetic principles. My major expertise is in the taxonomy of the Bostrichidae, Colydiidae (and related families), and faunistics of West Indian Beetles. Conservation biology work has focused on inventory and monitoring of National Parks using beetle communities as a model system 2 Marsh Labs
Jacobsen, Barry  -- Development of disease management strategies and IPM programs for crops grown in Montana with emphasis on potatoes and sugar beets. 205 Plant BioScience Bldg
Lavin, Matt -- Phylogenetic systematics and biogeography; Molecular systematics; Taxonomy of the plant family Leguminosae 308 Plant BioScience Bldg
Lu,Chaofu -- My research goal is to make contributions to our understanding of genetic and biochemical factors that control fatty acid and lipid biosynthesis in oilseed plants. 314 Plant BioScience Bldg
Martin, Jack -- Application of quantitative genetic principles and methods in cultivar and germplasm development. 409 Leon Johnson Hall
Richman, Adam -- Evolution of self-recognition systems, which include the self-incompatibility locus in flowering plants and MHC loci in vertebrates 313 Plant BioScience Bldg
Sands, Dave   -- Plant bacteriology, biological control of weeds, and biotechnology. Ongoing work includes the ecology, detection, characterization, and control of Pseudomonas syringae and Xanthomonas campestris. As an alternative to chemical herbicides, plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria are being developed as biological herbicides to control weeds 204 Plant BioScience Bldg
Sharrock, Bob -- Molecular mechanisms of light sensing in plants. Our overall objective is to understand how the phytochrome red/far-red photoreceptors trigger and coordinate plant developmental responses to the light environment 309 Plant BioScience Bldg
Sherman, Jamie -- Cytogenetics, particularly interested in learning more about control over recombination. 419 Leon Johnson Hall
Sherwood, John -- Molecular genetic basis of plant-fungal pathogen interactions in order to develop novel strategies for controlling fungal pathogens 303 Plant BioScience Bldg
Strobel, Gary -- Isolation and characterization of many novel bioactive compounds from plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria. 206 Plant BioScience Bldg
Talbert, Luther -- Plant breeding and molecular genetics emphasizing incorporation of both traditional and molecular approaches in the improvement of wheat and understanding the state of genetic variation in crop plants. 406 Leon Johnson Hall
Wanner, Kevin -- My research focuses on the genomics and functional genomics of the insect chemical senses. 8 Marsh Labs
Weeden, Norman -- My interests involve the genetic studies in pulse crops, primarily pea and lentil but also including comparisons with chickpea, common bean, cowpea and lupin. I am particularly interested in developing DNA markers and applying marker assisted selection techniques to pea varietal improvement. Genome evolution and linkage conservation within the Papilionoid subfamily are also subjects under study in my program. 305 Plant BioScience Bldg
Young,  Mark -- My program utilizes plant viruses to understand viral diseases and as model systems to explore plant cell biology. By combining biochemical and genetic approaches, with the tools of molecular and structural biology, I examine the interplay of both host and viral genes. 307 Plant BioScience Bldg
Zadegan, Yousef -- Sustainable landscape design, bioregionalism, historic landscape restoration, planting design, and application of digital technologies in landscape design. 312 Leon Johnson Hall
Zidack, Nina --Director of Montana Seed Potato Certification.  Responsibilities include the supervision of all aspects of the certification process for seed potatoes, and serving as a liaison between MSU and the Montana Potato Improvement Association.  233 Plant Growth Center