BSc Plant Science (Cornell), MSc Horticulture (Michigan State), PhD Plant Science and Biochemistry (Michigan State)
Professor Weston has served as a research professor for over 25 years at University of Kentucky, Cornell University and now at CSU where her research interests have focused on 1) natural plant and microbially produced products with biological activity as bioherbicides, toxicants or antibiotics including their identification, structural elucidation, biological activity assessment and mode of action and 2) plant and weed biology and genetics, with an emphasis on identification of invasive weed species using morphological and molecular taxonomic approaches, including RAPD, AFLP, ISSR and DNA sequence analysis. We also study weed biology and management, including evolutionary adaptation in new non-native environments. This involves field collection and ecology as well as study of physiology, seed germination and dormancy and secondary plant products. We are particularly interested in novel, non-chemical IWM strategies for weed management and evaluation of competitive crops, crop residues, soil and crop rotations and weed seedbank dynamics to assist in successful control.