When it rains, it pours. For the first time in many years, we have two faculty leaving the department for different greenery.
In early September, Professor Brian Horgan began a new chapter in his career as Head of the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. Since 2001, Horgan has been a faculty member in the Department of Horticultural Science working closely with the turf and grounds industries. His research focused on the transport and fate of pesticides and nutrients in turfgrass systems, as well as water conservation strategies. In his outreach role, Horgan worked closely with turfgrass managers in Minnesota and around the country, employing his expertise in golf course management.
Horgan is a graduate of Michigan State. “I am thrilled to be back on Michigan State’s campus in the Plant, Soil and Microbial Science Department, working hand-in-hand with students, staff, and faculty in the promotion of a sustainable and economically sound agricultural ecosystem,” Horgan said. “I am honored and grateful for this opportunity.”
In mid-October, Professor John Erwin began his tenure as Head at the University of Maryland in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. Erwin earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University. He was hired on the faculty at the University of Minnesota 1989, originally working in the area of greenhouse production expanding his reach to include new and novel growing techniques in controlled environments. Most recently, his research has focused on exploring high-temperature effects on photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and root health of plants growing in controlled environments.
“It’s with great regret I leave the University after 30 years, but I am looking forward to the new challenges this will bring,” Erwin said.
We wish Professors Horgan and Erwin the best in their new roles, but we will certainly miss both their professional contributions and comradery around the department. Please join us in saying congratulations and farewell.