Professor of Plant Biology,
Dr. J. Kevin Vessey is a Professor of Plant Biology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Vessey’s teaching and research area is plant physiology, particularly the functional interactions between crop plants and beneficial micro-organisms, and the optimizing of crops as biodiesel and bioethanol feedstocks. Dr. Vessey received his BSc and MSc from Dalhousie University and his PhD from Queen’s University, Kingston. From 2005 to 2017, he served in the positions of Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate VP Research at Saint Mary’s. Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s University, he was a Professor of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba for 16 years. He has also been a Researcher Associate at North Carolina State University, and a Visiting Scientist at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France. He has published over 85 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book chapters, has co-edited one book, and been awarded one patent.