Larry Grabau
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professional Profile

Larry been undergraduate director and advisor in the NRES program for three stretches of time, scattered across the years.  He’s also led what are now NRE 201 (first class in the program) and NRE 471 (our senior capstone).  He’s engaged in Education Abroad, having led seven groups of students to Ecuador and is now planning a “Dutch Delight” EA course for spring 2022.  He’s worked as a researcher in crop sustainability, and more recently in science education at the middle and high school levels. 


His current courses include NRE 395/399/400—our package of experiential learning courses in research and internships.  He also directs a globally-focused course in plant and soil science—that course is offered both for UK students and Kentucky high school students (as a dual credit course). 


He loves to be outdoors—hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, viewing wildlife.  If you have ever “rescued” an earthworm from a warming sidewalk, you may find him to be a kindred spirit.


  • BS in agronomy and animal sciences, University of Minnesota.
  • MS and PhD in crop science and physiology, University of Missouri—Columbia
  • PhD in educational psychology, University of Kentucky