Lincoln, Neb. — Loren Giesler has been named head of the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, effective Sept. 1, 2018. Giesler is currently a professor and extension plant pathologist within the department.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Giesler to the leadership ranks at IANR,” said Ron Yoder, senior associate vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “His expertise and experience will be valuable in leading the Plant Pathology Department in their continued efforts to sustain plant health in Nebraska and around the globe.”
The Plant Pathology Department performs an essential role in improving and monitoring the health of plants grown for economic, environmental and amenity purposes. It does so by innovative leadership in outreach, education, research and fostering economic development and market competitiveness. Partnerships with educational, state, federal, public and private sectors enable plant pathologists to provide dynamic programs that are ecologically sound, economically and environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and scientifically appropriate.
“I am excited to join the leadership team of IANR and look forward to working together with them to build upon and create new successes for the Plant Pathology Department,” Giesler said. “Our current faculty, staff and students in the department have outstanding expertise and potential to solve global challenges associated with microbial interactions affecting plant productivity that is impacting the security of food supplies, bioenergy and the aesthetic qualities of our landscapes. I thank the current leadership team for the opportunity to lead this great department.”
Giesler has spent his career at Nebraska, beginning as a graduate research assistant, serving as a research technologist, and Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic coordinator before advancing in the faculty from assistant professor to professor. In his current role Giesler provides statewide leadership for Nebraska Extension’s plant pathology programs in soybeans and turfgrass.
Giesler earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Chadron State College in 1992. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees from Nebraska in plant pathology.
To learn more about the Plant Pathology Department, visit https://plantpathology.unl.edu/.Ron Yoder
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources