To view team members at other institutions, visit the Purdue University, Rutgers University, and University of Arizona pages.

Michigan State University

Erik Runkle, Associate Professor
Department of Horticulture

Phone: 517.355.5191 x1350
E-mail: runkleer@msu.edu

Erik is lead PI at Michigan State and serves as project lead in the development of photoperiodic lighting.  He will also participate in experiments focused on lighting during propagation of young plants.  Erik is also project leader to coordinate on-site grower trials, is the developer of this website, and serves as outreach coordinator.

Qingwu (William) Meng, M.S. candidate
Department of Horticulture
E-mail: mengqin1@msu.edu

William is advancing our understanding of how blue light and the ratio of red and far-red light influence flowering.  He is also assisting in small-scale, coordinated trials being performed by commercial growers using LEDs recently introduced by Philips Lighting.

Nate DuRussel, Greenhouse research technician
Department of Horticulture
E-mail: durusse7@msu.edu

Nate is our floriculture group's dedicated greenhouse research technician.  He provides oversight to experiments, helps set up treatments, and manages a team of undergraduate student employees to maintain plants and treatments.

Cathy Whitman, Floriculture research technician
Department of Horticulture
E-mail: whitmanc@msu.edu
Cathy is a part-time research technician who performs floriculture experiments and edits MSU floriculture publications.  She also assists with floriculture outreach activities.

Daedre Craig, M.S. degree conferred in 2012
Department of Horticulture

Daedre's research focused on how the spectral quality of light, in particular the ratio of red and far-red light, influences flowering of short- and long-day ornamental crops.

Mike Olrich, Former greenhouse research technician
Department of Horticulture
Mike was a dedicated research technician for the floriculture group at MSU until 2013.  He managed our floriculture research greenhouses, helped set up experiments, and supervised a team of undergraduate student employees in the greenhouse.