Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

Research Assistant Professor

Division of Plant Sciences

  • Phone: 417-466-0065
  • Fax: 417-466-2109
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  • Address: Southwest Research Center
    14548 Highway H
    Mt. Vernon, MO 65712

B.S., Horticulture, University of Missouri
M.S., Agronomy, Iowa State University

Andrew Thomas enjoys working with a wide variety of horticultural crops and crop production techniques. His research projects at the Southwest Center have included black walnuts, pecans, elderberries, grapes, apples, asparagus, wildflowers, medicinal herbs, persimmons, pawpaws, hickories, prairie restoration, and a solar-heated greenhouse. He also farms 52 acres, tending a variety of fruit and nut trees, and raising seed of native wildflowers.

Before coming to the Southwest Center in 1996, Andy held a variety of jobs, working for two agricultural Abiotech@ companies in California and Wisconsin, the Center for Plant Conservation at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, and the Rwandan Agricultural Research Institute as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He has also consulted internationally on a variety of horticultural projects and is currently President of Ozark Regional Land Trust.