Keynote Speaker

2017 JSHS Keynote Speaker: Mohamed Yakub

Mohamed is responsible for all outreach and education initiatives for the Stakman-Borlaug Center (SBC) for Sustainable

Plant Health. His work connects researchers and their science with the community and educators by developing and sustaining relationships with teachers and community members and bringing them to campus, as well as bringing the science out to their spaces, and making it accessible. In addition, Mohamed creates interdisciplinary teaching and engagement opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.


Mohamed recently completed his Ph.D. in Plant Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences. During that time his research interests focused on characterizing ecological and evolutionary responses of plants to various environments, and in the last five years, Mohamed has studied how plants evolve in urban environments which are warmer, drier, and more polluted than neighboring rural areas.


Using his research experience, and having been involved in organizing outreach efforts such as Market Science, Mohamed aims to combine education, outreach and event planning to engage with and educate the public about science. With his expertise, Mohamed hopes to incorporate an outreach, education or capacity building component within every SBC project, where diverse groups of stakeholders can participate in both the teaching and learning process.