Kiersten A. Wise

Kiersten A. Wise

Kiersten A. Wise


UK Research and Education Center 348 University Drive P.O. 469 Princeton, KY 42445-0469

Last Revised: Apr 19th, 2024

Professional Biography

Extension Professor

Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology



State-wide educational and applied research programs in disease management of

  • corn
  • sorghum
  • forages


Development of economical and sustainable disease management practices for grain crops. This is achieved by studying the effects of management techniques on the biology of plant diseases. Through this research, we can select management practices that will improve grain crop production efficiency and simultaneously increase our awareness of how grain crop pathogens interact with their hosts.

Employment Highlights

  • Extension Professor, 2019 to present
  • Extension Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 2017 – 2019
  • Extension Professor, Purdue University, 2012 – 2017
  • Extension Assistant Professor, Purdue University, 2008 – 2012

Awards & Honors

2010 to present

  • Purdue University College of Agriculture Outstanding Extension Faculty Award, 2016.
  • Richard L. Kohl’s Outstanding Early Career Award for the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, 2014 and 2015.
  • Extension Education Community Education Materials Award, Agronomy Society of America, Crop Protection Network series, 2015.
  • NCERA-202 Soybean Rust Committee Certificate of Achievement, 2014.
  • North Central Division American Phytopathological Society Early Career Award, 2013.
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Team Award—Purdue zipTrips, 2012.
  • International IPM Award of Excellence--Team award for soybean rust-pest information platform for Extension and education (PIPE), 2012.
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Early Career Award, 2011.
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Team Award—Managing Moldy Grain, 2010. 



Ph.D., Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University-Fargo, 2008
M.S., Plant Pathology, University of Georgia, 2004
B.S., Plant Health and Protection, minor in Horticulture, Iowa State University-Ames, 2002

Contact Information

201F Plant Science Building 1405 Veterans Drive Lexington, KY 40546-0312

(859) 257-7445