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Mentzelia procera, a yellow desert flower
OHIO researcher uses desert flowers to pursue an unanswered question about macroevolution

Environmental & Plant Biology Department

Students explore yesterday, today and tomorrow, from the fossil records of flora from the past to how plants react to lack of gravity in space. They study plants at a molecular and genetic level and look for solutions to environmental sustainability.

Undergraduate DegreesGraduate Degrees


Cell Wall Biotechnology

Functional Genomics

Using molecular, genetic and genomic tools to study plants.

Forest Ecology and Management


Using the ecosystems of southeastern Ohio and beyond as a natural laboratory.

Phylogenetic Systematics

Systematics and Evolution

Discovering new species, understanding evolution, finding biogeographic trends.

Plant Evolution

Undergraduate Research

Conducting undergraduate research on campus and beyond—plus internships.

Sustainable Food

Sustainability in Practice

Learning at the garden and in the greenhouse.

Community Activities

Community Activities

Engaging the public—especially children and high school students—in science.