Martha Mamo named head of Agronomy and Horticulture Department

Martha Mamo
Martha Mamo

August 28, 2018

Lincoln, Neb. — Martha Mamo has been named head of the Agronomy and Horticulture Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Mamo currently serves as interim associate department head and Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Mamo to the leadership ranks at IANR. Recognized for her professionalism and creativity, Martha brings experience and innovation to the position which will further amplify the department’s excellent service to Nebraska and beyond.” said Ron Yoder, senior associate vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “We would like to thank Richard Ferguson for his leadership and dedication to the department during this time of transition.”

Ferguson, professor of agronomy and horticulture, will continue to serve as interim department head until Mamo assumes the role.  

The Agronomy and Horticulture Department advances the knowledge, theory and application of plant and soil sciences and landscape design to improve quality of life. Agronomy and horticulture are integrative sciences, attracting students and scientists from a wide range of disciplines and interests.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Agronomy and Horticulture Department,” Mamo said. “The supportive and collaborative environment fostered within the department makes me confident in our ability to advance and cultivate IANR’s teaching, research and extension missions.” 

Mamo has been at Nebraska since 2000, coming through the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor and professor before being named Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture in 2016. She holds teaching and research appointments in her current role. In 2015, Mamo was honored with the University of Nebraska’s Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award – a system-wide award that recognizes an individual faculty member who has demonstrated a meritorious and sustained records of excellence and creativity in teaching.

Mamo earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and master’s degree in soil science from Alabama A&M University. She holds a doctorate degree in soil science from the University of Minnesota–St. Paul.

To learn more about the Agronomy and Horticulture Department, visit

Ron Yoder
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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