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Dr. David Kopsell

Department of Agriculture - Horticulture



Contact Information:

Campus Box 5020

Phone:

(309) 438-3275

Phone 2:

(309) 310-4003

Fax:

(309) 438-5653

Email:

Office Hours:

Office:

141 Ropp Agriculture Bldg

Mon:

8:00 am -9:00 am

Tue:

8:00 am -10:00 am

Thu:

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Photo of  Dr. David  Kopsell

Degree Information:

  • PhD in Horticulture from the University of Georgia; 1999
  • MS in Horticulture from the University of Georgia; 1995
  • BS in Agbusiness-Horticulture from Illinois State University; 1993
  • AS from McHenry County College; 1991

Classes Taught:

  • AGR 120 Introductory Horticulture; AGR 252 Landscape Management; AGR 257 Fruit & Vegetable Production; AGR 262 Ornamental Plant Production; AGR 352 Turfgrass Management; AGR 353 Landscape Design; AGR 389.34 Pest Identification & Management

Awards:

  • 2013, 2012 & 2010 Harvey S. Woods Outstanding Teaching Award - ISU Department of Agriculture; 2013, 2012 & 2010 NACTA Teaching Award of Merit; 2013 Outstanding Associate Editor for Natural Sciences Education Journal; 2012-2015 CeMAST Teaching Fellow; 2011 AASCARR Distinguished Young Educator Award; 2010-2011 CAST Outstanding Teacher Award; 2009 McHenry County College Career Distinction Award

Research Interests:

Plant Nutrition and Quality Factors of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops; Teaching Methodology

Specialization:

My area of research specialization is the effect of plant nutritional & environmental factors on horticultural  crop quality.  Specifically, my past research has investigated the influence of fertility and plant growth factors on the phytonutrient content of vegetable crops such as basil, kale, parsley, and spinach.  I am also branching out into investigating and improving service learning teaching methods in horticulture.

Graduate student research projects have been conducted into the effects of fertility on ornamental grass and annual bedding plant quality and phytonutrient content of watercress.  My current graduate students are preforming surveys of golf course superintendents to assess student participation in Audubon Sanctuary Certification efforts on university and public/private golf courses in the U.S.  Their efforts will also help the ISU Weibring Golf Club achieve Audubon Certification.

Professional Organizations:

American Society for Horticultural Science; NACTA; Pi Alpha Xi

Profile:

I started my position here at ISU in the Fall of 2008, fifteen years after graduating from the Agriculture Department in 1993 with my B.S. in Horticulture.  It is great to be back at ISU!

I grew up in Hebron, IL (population 800) on a family-owned 200-acre ornamental production nursery with my identical twin brother (who is now a professor at the University of Tennessee).  Since receiving my Ph.D. my professional experiences have included working as the state vegetable specialist for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, working on USDA-funded basic research, private consultation with sweet onion growers all over the globe, and teaching positions at both McHenry County College and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.



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