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Department Head

Dr. Richard Pratt
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Title: Department Head and Professor

Office Location: Skeen Hall, N127

Email Address: ricpratt@nmsu.edu

Office Phone: (575) 646-3405

Office Fax: (575)646 6041

Research area:

  • Maize and bean germplasm development

  • Grain-quality and host-resistance traits of maize

  • Crop adaptation and production

  • Environmental services

Education:

  • Purdue University - Ph.D. Plant Genetics 1985

  • University of Arizona - M.S. Plant Sciences 1978

  • University of Arizona - B.S. Horticulture 1976

Professional Experience:

  • Professor and Head (2011-present) Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

  • Professor (2009-2011) Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster OH. Member-OSU Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Program; Member-OSU Food Innovation Center

  • Assoc. Professor (1994-2006) Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster, OH.

  • Assistant Professor (1987-1994) Department of Agronomy, The Ohio State University Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster, OH.

  • Research Scientist (1985-1987) Interdepartmental Program (Entomology, Horticulture, Food Science and Agronomy) Research Initiative: Insects of Stored Pulses (R.I.I.S.P), Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN.

Germplasm Releases:

  • Maize Synthetic Populations: 11

  • Maize inbreds: Oh599, Oh603, Oh605, Oh610, GEMS:0002

  • Common bean germplasm lines: 7

  • Mapping populations: 1

Society Memberships:

  • American Society of Agronomy

  • Crop Science Society of America

  • American Society for Horticulture Science

  • Society for Economic Botany

  • Gamma Sigma Delta

  • Sigma Xi

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2006 - International Service in Crop Science Award, Crop Science Society of America

  • 2006 - International Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture

  • 2005 - African Crop Science Society Award

  • 2001 - Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

  • 1999 - Honorary Faculty member, Northwestern Univ. Agric. Sciences, Maize Institute of Shaanxi Province, P.R. China

  • 1999 - Research, Marketing and Deliver of Quality Cereals and Oilseeds Regional Project (NC-213) Certificate of Appreciation for Exemplary Contributions to Regional Research

  • 1995 - Who's Who in Science and Engineering. 3rd Ed. Marquis Who's Who

  • 1980 - Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture

  • 1979 - David Ross Research Fellowship, Purdue University