On Sept. 26, Karen Sechler joined the University of Maryland Extension in Washington County as an Extension educator in horticulture.
She will teach classes and provide information to the community on a variety of horticulture and insect-related issues. She will also coordinate the county master gardener program.
Sechler was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit, at Fort Detrick, Md. With 15 years of research experience on a variety of fungi, plant diseases and plants, Sechler was most recently involved with a project studying the plant pathogen that causes sudden oak death.
Besides working in the laboratory and greenhouse, Sechler worked in the classroom as a substitute teacher for Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools.
At the University of Georgia, she taught undergraduate students in plant pathology and genetics.
Sechler received her undergraduate degree in biology from Hood College in Frederick, and her master’s degree in plant pathology from the University of Georgia.
For more information, call Sechler at 301-791-1604 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.