Montgomery is a writer, science communicator, and Michigan State University Foundation Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics. She is also a member of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory. Her research group investigates how photosynthetic organisms adapt to changes in their environment. Her scholarship extends beyond biology and into studying mentorship and faculty development to develop evidence-based strategies to foster equity and inclusion in academia. Montgomery served as assistant provost for faculty development from 2016-2020 at MSU with responsibility for supporting all faculty and academic staff in the areas of research, scholarship, and creative activities. Since fall of 2020, she serves as interim assistant vice president for research and innovation at MSU. She is also the author of book Lessons from Plants, an exploration of how plant behavior and adaptation offer valuable insights for human thriving.
The lecture will be held virtually and free for all to attend. More information will be released closer to the date. This year’s lecture is cosponsored by PR2ISM at UW.