Southern University plant and soil science professor LaShunda Hodges, Ph.D., has been honored as one of the 1,000 inspiring Black Scientists in America by Cell Mentor.
The list of scientists was compiled by a community of scholars and includes scientists from universities and the private sector. The December 28, 2020, article was published to “dismantle the myth that outstanding Black scientists make up a small percentage of the scientific community.”
Before joining Southern University College of Agricultural, Family, and Consumer Sciences, Hodges served as an assistant and associate professor of soil and plant sciences in Alcorn State University’s Department of Agriculture, a visiting scientist for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Crop Production Unit, and a research associate/ Native Grass and Wildlife Habitat project manager for the Southern University Ag Center.
Hodges earned a B.S. in soil and plant science, an M.S. in agronomy, both from Alcorn State University and a Ph.D. in agronomy-environmental planning and management from Louisiana State University.