Catherine Simpson joins Texas Tech Department of Plant & Soil Science
By: Norman Martin
Catherine Simpson has been named an assistant professor of sustainable and urban horticulture with Texas Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She officially stepped into her new research and teaching post on Sept. 1.
The Louisiana native will lead CASNR's applied research activities related to controlled environments, horticulture plant production systems, urban horticulture, vertical farming, or other pertinent horticulture disciplines relevant to the region, state and nation, CASNR officials said.
Simpson's research interests include urban horticulture, controlled environment system research, vertical greenhouse production, water conservation, abiotic stress physiology, ornamental horticulture and plant-soil-water relationships.
One of her primary goals at Tech is to develop a grant-funded research program focusing on problems in urban systems and controlled environment horticulture.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Simpson served as an assistant professor and research scientist at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco, Texas. She also worked as an instructor of horticulture at Texas A&M-College Station, and an instructor of plant and soil science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Her bachelor's degree in environmental soil science and her master's degree in plant and soil science are from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her doctorate in horticulture is from Texas A&M-College Station. She is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences, Soil Science Society of America, International Society for Horticultural Sciences, Alpha Chi Honor Society, and the American Society for Agronomy.
Texas Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science is a comprehensive academic unit, conducting research and offering coursework and programs in several areas of plant and soil science. It has 27 full-time faculty members, and a student body consisting of approximately 140 undergraduate and 114 graduate students. Many of those students are enrolled in CASNR's distance education program.
CONTACT: Eric Hequet, Department Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2838 or firstname.lastname@example.org