This summer time, Dr. Mengmeng Gu will be a part of the Colorado State University (CSU) College of Agricultural Sciences as division head for the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Gu is a well-known identify to many within the decorative and nursery business and brings expertise in each horticulture and panorama design to her new management function, with a deal with sustainability and a career-long dedication to instructing, analysis, and outreach.
“We are excited to have Dr. Gu join our team as the leader of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture,” says James Pritchett, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. “Dr. Gu’s record of accomplishments and energetic leadership style means that she is perfectly matched with the opportunities for inspiring career trajectories for our students, elevating our engagement with communities and industry, and research to address critical challenges of society.”
Gu at the moment serves as a professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Horticultural Sciences and Extension Ornamental Horticulturist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. She takes a collaborative and interdisciplinary strategy to her work in ornamental horticulture, working intently with companions in different disciplines inside agriculture and from the inexperienced business. Her analysis focuses on utilizing biochar, an natural charcoal-like substance comprised of agricultural waste, as a sustainable different to peat moss in potting combine and holistic administration of crapemyrtle bark scale, a brand new insect pest within the Southeastern U.S. that impacts the nation’s most typical flowering tree.
Gu earned her Ph.D. in Plant Science and Horticulture from the University of Arkansas after incomes a B.S. and M.S. in panorama structure from Beijing Forestry University. She joined Texas A&M in 2012.
“Dr. Gu’s contributions and active engagement with industry and community stakeholders is noteworthy,” Pritchett says. “She is well known for her thoughtful and rigorous approach, and now she has the opportunity to lead a department at CSU whose legacy is the same.”
Mengmeng Gu to Bring Years of Horticulture Experience to New Leadership Role