Texas Tech University

Faculty Ambassador

Catherine Simpson, Ph.D.

Catherine Simpson earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University-Kingsville studying Soil Science and Plant and Soil Science with a focus in chemical fate and transport in soils. Catherine completed her Ph.D. in Horticulture at Texas A&M University in 2013 studying abiotic stress physiology in citrus and watermelon crops. Her postdoc research was on the relationships between tree physiology and insect population dynamics. Catherine started an assistant professor position at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2015 and pursued diverse research on citrus production, physiology, and sustainability during her time there. In 2019, she joined TTU as assistant professor of Horticulture and Sustainability in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Her current research is focused on horticulture in urban and peri-urban environments. These projects include water resource and soil sustainability, people-plant interactions, plants for human health, plant nutritional quality and phytochemical composition, functional plant products, and horticultural therapy.