Past Graduate Justin Dee Publication

Justin DeeJustin Dee has recently been published in The American Midland Naturalist with article titled "Mowing Frequency Influences Number of Flowering Stems but not Population Age Struture of Asclepias viridis, an Important Monarch Host Plant."  See article here.






Spring 2019 MS Graduate Mylissa Stover 

Mylissa Stover PGMylissa has gotten a job at NXTnano in Claremore, OK, a biotech company that makes polymer based nanofibers for filtration and performance apparel applications. 






Spring 2019 MS Graduate Qing Li

Qing Li PGQing is starting her Ph.D. in Genetics at Fundan University, one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China.






Former PBEE Graduate Ky Shen

Ky ShenKy Shen, a former Biology 1114 and PBIO 1404 TA has landed a position as Biology Instructor at Coffeyville Community College in southeast Kansas.






Dr. Ming Yang receives OCAST grant

ming yangDr. Ming Yang was awarded an OCAST grant for his work on the regulation of stomates in leaves!  His grant is entitled:  A new leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinase in stomatal lineage regulation.





Milkweeds & Monarchs

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Mark Fishbein participated in a meeting entitled “Milkweeds & Monarchs” at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, in Upperville, Virginia, June 10-13, 2019.  The meeting brought together researchers, journalists, and artists from the across the US, as well as the UK and Brazil, to share information about the ecology and evolution of milkweeds and monarch butterflies, insects that feed only on milkweed species during their caterpillar phase.  The meeting resulted in new research and outreach initiatives to further study and conserve this important ecological interaction.


Dr. Mike Palmer quoted in Oklahoma Evolution/Climate News May 2019 

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Shortly after a crew installed 10 solar panels in the yard near his house, Mike Palmer noticed the dial on his electrical meter start spinning in reverse. HCenter for Public Integritye was making more power than he was using.  “On a really sunny day it would just like zoom backwards,” Palmer said. “There’s something immensely satisfying about that.”  Oklahoma, ranked No. 10 nationwide on a common measure of state solar potential, gets plenty of those days. But Palmer’s array is one of only 539 such installations operating there. In fact, 42 states make a greater share of their electricity with solar than Oklahoma does.  It’s reasonable to assume the amount of sun a state gets would tell you a lot about how much solar energy it produces, but the two don’t always have much to do with each other.  In the solar energy race, some of the sunniest states — Louisiana, Kansas and Texas, to name a few — are overshadowed by much dimmer ones, including Vermont, New Jersey and Massachusetts, according to a Center for Public Integrity data analysis.  State policies encouraging or undercutting renewable energy play a big role, experts say.  And how fast states go solar could have long-lasting consequences.
Palmer is a retired OSU Botany Professor.

SUNY Washington Internship Program
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Congratulations to Plant Biology major Kelli Norton!  She was awarded to the SUNY Washington Internship Program where she will spend a semester in Washington, DC in her chosen career field.  You can read more about the SUNY Washington Internship Program here.










Mr. International
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Congratulations to PBEE grad student Kumar Shrestha for winning the 2018 Mr. International competition!  He was awarded a $500 scholarship from the International Student Organization. More information here.









Picochlorum SE3

Picochlorum SE3A green alga isolated by the Henley lab from the Great Salt Plains in Oklahoma, and currently being studied in the lab, has a fascinating genome that appears to make it very resilient under environmental change, according to a new publication from Rutgers: How some algae may survive climate change





Adventure Camp Meets Field Botany

Mark Fishbein recently spent a day with 7-12 year old future scientists at Lake McMurtry Adventure Camp, He presented information on plant biology and how plant specimens are collected and used in research.  During a nature hike, the campers learned about the diversity of prairie plants in the Great Plains.  For more information about the camp please visit the Lake McMurtry Adventure Camp website at

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