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Larry C. Purcell

Larry C. Purcell

Distinguished Professor

Altheimer Chair for Soybean Research

Director Experiment Station

(CSES)-Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

Phone: 479-575-3983

Fax: (479) 575-3975

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Larry Purcell grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Gainesville, Georgia. He is married to Rebecca Zorn Purcell and they have two sons, Jacob and Carlin, and a daughter, Corrie.

Research Emphasis

Larry C. Purcell is a Crop Physiologist, and his research focuses on genetic differences in the efficiency with which crops use essential resources, particularly water and nitrogen, and how these resources can be managed effectively for crop production. Dr. Purcell is recognized as an authority in soybean on the response of nitrogen fixation to drought and for collaborative research developing agronomic drought tolerance.

Dr. Purcell has published 113 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 20 book chapters (including two chapters for ASA/CSSA monographs), and over 150 abstracts. He also has been awarded three patents.

Dr. Purcell served on the Crop Science Editorial Board for 6 years as an associate editor and for 3 years as a technical editor. He served 3 years on the Crop Science Society of America Board of Directors representing the Crop Physiology and Metabolism Division, and he is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Plant Production. Dr. Purcell teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes and works closely with graduate students.

Courses Taught

  • CSES 3322 - Soybean Production (Spring, odd years)  Soybean Production provides an overview of the ecology, growth, development, and management of soybean.  Emphasis is placed on the response of the crop to light, temperature, and soil moisture throughout development and how pests can be managed, how production can be optimized, and how the crop is utilized.
  • CSES 5013 - Crop Physiology (Spring, even years)  A quantitative assessment of crop growth, development, and yield to environmental resources of solar radiation, temperature, nutrients, and soil moisture. 
  • CSES 462V - Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Internship (Fall and Summer, co-taught with Dr. Kris Brye and Dr. Jason Norsworthy) CSES Internship provides a professional work experience in the general areas of crop management and science, water and environmental sciences, and pest management. Students work closely with their sponsors to develop an appropriate project for approval. Credit varies from 1 to not more than 3 hours.

Education

  • Ph.D from University of Florida in Agronomy in 1992
  • M.S. in Agronomy (Crop Physiology) from the University of Georgia in 1984.
  • B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Georgia in 1981

Publications

Selected Recent Publications
[To view the abstract, click on the hypertext of a manuscript's title. For an electronic reprint, email me.]

2004 - present, Professor and Altheimer Endowed Chair for Soybean Research, Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
2003 - 2004, Professor, Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
1998 - 2003, Associate Professor, Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
1993 - 1998, Assistant Professor, Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
1992 - 1993, Post Doctoral Fellow, Biochemistry Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
1988 - 1992, Graduate Research Assistant, Agronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
1985 - 1987, Research Technician, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
1984 - 1985, County Extension Agent, University of Georgia, Rome, Georgia.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Professor, 2017
  • Scientific Advisory Network of Plant Impact, Plc. (http://www.plantimpact.com/)
  • Crop Management Research Award from Pioneer Hi-Bred, 2011-2013
  • Fellow, American Society of Agronomy, 2010
  • Fellow, Crop Science Society of America, 2010
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Gamma Sigma Delta, Arkansas Chapter, 2010
  • Kyoto University Visiting Research Scholar, 2009
  • Altheimer Endowed Chair for Soybean Research, 2004
  • Early Career Research Award, American Society of Agronomy Southern Branch, 2002
  • Outstanding Research Award, Gamma Sigma Delta, Arkansas Chapter, 2001