University of Kentucky College of Agriculture



Rebecca McCulley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor




Jim Nelson Elizabeth Carlisle
Research Scientist I
Research Analyst


Current Graduate Students


Becca Shelton Dan Weber
 Lindsey Slaughter
Graduate Research Assistant (MS)  Graduate Research Assistant (MS)
 Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D.)







Current Undergraduate Lab Personnel









Past Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Scholars



Marie Bourguignon-- M.S. 2013. Ecophysiological responses of tall fescue genotypes to endophyte

                     infection and climate change.

     -Currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Iowa State University, Ames, IA.


Ben Leffew -- M.S. 2013.  Efficacy of cool-season pasture renovation to native prairie in the bluegrass

                     bluegrass region of central Kentucky.

      -  Currently the Assistant Property Manager at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY


Dr. Javed Iqbal -- Post-Doctoral Scholar (2009-2011)

  • Currently a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Iowa State University


Cody Burton -- M.S. 2011. Effects of long-term cattle grazing and vegetation type on soil microbial

                      communities in dryland systems.

  • Currently pursuing a PhD at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


Sarah Hall -- Ph.D. 2011.  Restoration of tall fescue pastures to native warm-season grasslands: Does a

                   fungal endophyte symbiosis play a role in restoration success?

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, Berea College, Berea, KY.


Glade Brosi -- M.S. 2011.  The response of tall fescue and its fungal endophyte to climate change.

  • Employed in Research & Development for Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, WA


Jacob Siegrest -- M.S. 2008. The endophyte effect: ecosystem consequences of the tall fescue-fungal

                         endophyte symbiosis.

  • Employed by the US Army Corp of Engineers, Huntington, WV




Past Lab Personnel

Jihan Ahmed--Research Technician (2011-2013)


Luke Box--Undergraduate Student Worker (2011-2013).  Bluegrass Community and Technical College


Eric Kalosa-Kenyon--Suburban Ecology and Invasive Species REU (2013).  Brown University.

       Investigation of the relationships between mycorrhizae, tall fescue, and its fungal endophyte.


Dawn DeColibus--Suburban Ecology and Invasive Species REU (2012). Ohio Northern University (2013).

         Investigation of the tall fescue-fungal endophyte symbiosis in native grassland restoration.


Davis Jackson--B.S. Plant and Soil Science, University of Kentucky (2012)


Dr. Nazia Nahid -- Research Specialist (2010-2011)


Dan Weber -- Undergraduate Research, Univ. of Kansas, Class of 2012.

        Investigation of the reponse of slug herbivory to climate change in a managed hayfield.


Marlène Erst -- ENESAD, Dijon, France (2011)


Allison Cooke -- Undergraduate Research B.S. Biology, Transylvania University, 2011.

        Does climate change affect forage quality of Kentucky pastures?


Katie Harvey -- REU (2010), B.S. Univ of KY, 2011.

        Understanding the drivers of dryland decomposition in the desert southwest.


Alex Breton -- ENESAD, Dijon, France (2010)


Jarred Earnest -- Undergraduate Research, B.S. Chemistry, Asbury College, 2010.

        Climate change effects on plant biomass production in a managed hayfield in central Kentucky.


Payton May --Undergraduate, Architecture, Univ. of Kentucky (2010)


Brian Bennett -- Undergraduate Research, B.S. Biology/Secondary Education, Asbury College, 2008.

        Tall fescue endophyte infection frequency in managed, native grassland restorations.


Dr. Maria Almagro-Bonmati -- Visiting Scholar, CEBAS-CSIC, Murcia, Spain


Jessica Ballard -- B.S. Sustainable Agriculture, Univ. of Kentucky, 2009


Katie Routt -- B.S. Ag Biotechnology, Univ. of Kentucky, 2009


Amael Gy -- ENESAD, Dijon, France (2009)


Rachel Smith -- University of Manitoba, Class of 2013.





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