Mahtaab successfully defended her thesis! Congrats, Mahtaab!
We said goodbye to Ellen, who is moving to LA to pursue work in environmental education and explore the west coast. Good luck, Ellen!
Our summer intern, Suranpornchai Supachai (Sax), from Maejo University in Thailand has arrived. Welcome, Sax!
Mahtaab was awarded the Peaslee Award from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
Mahtaab took a trip, hosted by ASA CSA and SSSA, to Capitol Hill to advocate for more agricultural research funding, specifically asking for increased funding for USDA's competitive grants program, AFRI (Agriculture Food and Research Initiative).
Bridget left the lab after accepting a position overseeing greenhouse operations at Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha's Vineyard, MA. Good luck, Bridget!
Rebecca started as Chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
Mahtaab won first place in the poster competition at the Tracy Farmer Institute Sustainability Forum. Her poster was titled "Can increasing grass-fungal symbiotic diversity in fescue pastures improve long-term sustainability?" Great work, Mahtaab!
Patricia Paloma, recent Georgetown College graduate, joined the lab. Welcome, Patricia!
Welcome baby Rosemary, daughter of Elizabeth Carlisle and Adam Bachstetter. Rosemary is already hard at work, attending her first lab meeting in September.
Former M.S. student Glade Brosi was featured in "Good Fruit Grower." Glade is currently the Research and Development Manager for Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee, Washington. Check out the article and video profile here.
Payton May, a former undergraduate worker in the lab, is working to bring non-coal jobs to Appalachia as the creative director of Bitsource, a tech company in Pikeville, KY. Bitsource was the subject of a recent article in The Guardian; read the article here.
Ellen graduated from UK. Congrats, Ellen!
Mahtaab won first place at the Spring 2017 UK Department of Plant and Soil Science Graduate Student Resarch Mini-Symposium with her talk entitled "Can manipulating plant-microbe genetic diversity improve tall fescue pasture sustainability?" Congrats, Mahtaab!
Bridget Reed, a recent UK Horticulture graduate, joined the lab.
Lindsey's research was featured in this month's CSA News. Read the related story here.
Mahtaab won The University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment $500 Book Scholarship. The prize is part of Intercultural Awareness Day, “Women in CAFE – Empowering Our Future." Her essay entitled, ““Do you have a nickname?” gives encouragement to women and minorities, "...to seek out diversity and inclusion, and to lead by example; to show the young women of agriculture and beyond that they are not alone." Congratulations to Mahtaab for her accomplishment and bringing awareness of the challenges women aspiring to be in agriculture face today!
Mahtaab Bagherzadeh joined the lab as a Graduate Research Assistant, pursuing a M.S. Welcome, Mahtaab!
Rebecca was promoted to Full Professor.
Anna Joy graduated from Georgetown College.
Lindsey has accepted a position as a brand new Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University, where she will start in September 2016. Go Red Raiders!
Marie's research was featured in the CSA News Magazine. Read the story here.
Congrats to all!
Ellen Green, UK undergrad, joined the lab. Welcome, Ellen!
Lindsey successfully defended her dissertation. Congrats, Dr. Slaughter!
Lin Dong finished his time in the McCulley Lab and has returned to China.
Lindsey won 1st place with her talk on the interaction of fungal symbionts in tall fescue at the Fall 2015 Graduate Student Research Symposium in the Department of Plant and Soil Science.
Rebecca, Becca, and Lindsey traveled to Baltimore to present research results at the annual Ecological Society of America meetings.
Pierre will return to France at the end of the month for a brief stay and will be taking the next year off from school to work on relief efforts in Nepal.
Anna Joy has finished her internship and research project investigating herbivory in tall fescue, and will spend the remainder of the summer at Marine officer training.
Anna Joy Thompson of Georgetown College has joined the lab for the summer. Anna Joy is funded through Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and will work on an independent research project during her time in the McCulley lab.
Becca Shelton successfully defended her thesis and completed her MS degree. Go Becca! Becca will be traveling to Peru to enroll in a Spanish language immersion program, and will then travel to Hawaii for a yoga teacher training. We're all very jealous.
Pierre Mas, an undergraduate from AgroSup Dijon, France, arrived. Pierre will be working in the lab through August.
Lindsey Slaughter participated in UK Graduate Student Day at the Capitol in Frankfort, KY. The goal of this event is to promote communication between graduate students and legislators. Lindsey presented a poster titled "Fungal Endophyte Symbiosis Alters Nitrogen Source of Tall Fescue Host, But Not N2-Fixation in Co-Occurring Red Clover."
Lindsey Slaughter won 2nd place in the Emerging Scientist Competition at the 2015 American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Her oral presentation was entitled "How does the aboveground fungal endophyte Epichloe coenophiala impact root colonization of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in tall fescue?" Go Lindsey!
Lindsey Slaughter is now a Certified Forage and Grasslands Apprentice (certification is through the AFGCA). Well done!
Lin Dong, visiting PhD student from China, arrived. He will be working in the lab for the next year. Welcome, Lin!
Lindsey Slaughter took first prize in the Robert F Barnes C06 Graduate Student Oral Competition at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA. Congrats Lindsey!!!
Former graduate student Marie Bourguignon won 3rd place in the CO3-Crop Ecology Poster Competition at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA, presenting work done in the McCulley lab. Go Marie!!!
Welcome baby Oak, son of Sarah Hall & Jake Royse!
Dan Weber will be leaving the lab to take a position as the lab coordinator in the Biology Department at UK. Congrats & good luck, Dan!
Rebecca, Jim, and Lizzie returned from their sabbatical in Portugal. Welcome home guys!
Kari Saikkonen (MTT Agrifood Research Finland) and Marjo Helander (University of Turku), visiting scientists, arrived from Finland. They will be in the lab for the remainder of 2015. Welcome!
Lindsey Slaughter received 2nd place for her proposal talk in the IPSS Grad Student Mini Symposium. Go Lindsey!
Becca Shelton represented UK as a student cultivator and presented a poster at the Farm Foundation's bi-annual meeting in Oklahoma.
Michael Hurak, UK undergrad majoring in Sustainable Agriculture, joined the lab as a student worker for the summer. Welcome Michael!
Dan Weber succesfully defended his M.S. thesis and will continue his work in the lab as a technician. Congrats Dan!
Rebecca, Jim, and Lizzie will be in Lisbon, Portugal on sabbatical through the end of July, 2014.
Jihan Ahmed left the lab to and will be pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology at UK beginning in 2014. Best wishes, Jihan!
Marie Bourguignon successfully defended her M.S. thesis and is immediately beginning work towards a Ph.D. at Iowa State University. Congrats & good luck, Marie!
Becca Shelton joined the lab as a Graduate Research Assistant, pursuing a M.S.
Eric Kalosa-Kenyon, an undergraduate from Brown University, joined the lab for the summer as part of UK's Suburban Ecology and Invasive Species REU.
Ben Leffew successfully defended his M.S. thesis. Ben will be the Assistant Property Manager at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, KY.
Lindsey Slaughter successfully defended her thesis and completed her M.S. Lindsey will begin work immediately as a Ph.D. student in the lab. Congrats Lindsey!
Welcome to baby Charlotte Michael, daughter of Luke Box and Ellen Lacey!
Welcome to baby Maryam Javed, daughter of Javed and Nazya Iqbal!
Dan Weber, a former undergraduate summer worker, has returned to the lab as a Graduate Research Assistant after completing his B.S. at the Univeristy of Kansas.
Dawn DeColibus, an undergraduate from Ohio Northern University, joined the lab for the summer as part of UK's Suburban Ecology and Invasive Species REU.
Welcome to baby Wendell Boreal, son of Glade Brosi and Andrea Bixby-Brosi!
Marie Bourguigon, a former summer intern from Dijon, France, joined the lab as a Graduate Research Assistant and is pursuing a M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences.
Dr. Javed Iqbal left the lab for a position as a post-doctoral scholar at Iowa State University.
Sarah Hall successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation and graduated. She will begin a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at Berea College in August. Sarah also got married to Jake Royce this month. Congrats Sarah!
Cody Burton completed his M.S. degree. He will begin working towards a PhD. at Louisiana State University in August. Congrats Cody!
Jihan Ahmed joined the group as a lab technician.
Glade Brosi successfully defended his thesis and completed his M.S. Congrats Glade!
Ben Leffew (B.S. Univ of Kentucky 2007) joined the lab as a Graduate Research Assistant and is pursuing a M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences.
Lindsey Slaughter (B.S Univ of Tennessee at Martin 2010) joined the lab as a Graduate Research Assistant and is pursuing a M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences.
Dr. Javed Iqbal from Layyah, Punjab, Pakistan joined our lab as a post-doctoral scholar.
Rebecca McCulley was awarded '2009 Distinguished Alum' of the Colorado State University Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Congrats Rebecca!!
Cody Burton (B.S. Kansas State University 2009) joined the lab as a Graduate Research Assistant and is pursuing a M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences.
Glade Brosi and Andrea Bixby (Ph.D. candidate Dept. of Entomology) are engaged to be married!! Congrats you guys!!
The switches were flipped on the University of Kentucky Global Climate Change Project (DOE-NICCR). Thanks everyone for the hard work!!
Elizabeth Carlisle (B.S. Tulane Univ. 2003; M.S. Fordham Univ. 2006) joined our lab as a research technician.