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Department of Plant Pathology

Faculty Spotlight

Megan Kennelly, PhD

Department Head & Professor

Megan Kennelly

I grew up in Wisconsin and developed a life-long interest in plants while exploring the state parks and forests. I earned a B.S. in Botany from UW-Madison, where I gained research experience studying fungal diseases of cranberries. I earned a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Cornell University.

My dissertation work focused on the epidemiology and management of grapevine downy mildew, including 3 field seasons working in South Australia. I studied fire blight, an important and potentially devastating bacterial disease of apples, at Michigan State, as a postdoctoral research associate. I started my position at KSU in 2006. My program includes research, extension, and diagnostics for horticultural commodities (turfgrasses, trees, ornamentals, fruits, and vegetables.)

I have mentored several undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to my research and extension roles, I am active in the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and have served in editorial board roles for several APS journals.

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People of Plant Pathology

K-State's Plant Pathology department is a diverse, international mix of: