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Karrie Davidson Rathbone, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology/Chair of Biology Department


Department: Biology

Dr. Karrie Rathbone has been a participant in the Brethren Colleges Abroad program for college professors, visiting colleges in Strasbourg, France. She has been an active workshop leader in the Church of the Brethren Regional Youth Conference and also in the Expanding Your Horizons conferences (promoting sciences for young women).

Dr. Rathbone is a member of several organizations: the Council of Undergraduate Research, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Kansas Academy of Science and Sigma Xi.


Dr. Rathbone has been active professionally presenting at national meetings on phytoremediation technologies, and reviewing papers for the Kansas Academy of Science. Subjects of her professional presentations include “Phytoremediation of petroleum contaminated soil concerning the distribution and diversity of the microbial community” and “Determining allelopathic potential for Kansas weed species”. Karrie has guided many students in their independent research projects and promotes experiential learning in course work. Her research interests in plant and microbial interactions include ecosystem impact studies, community (diversity) structure and rhizosphere dynamics.


Dr. Rathbone received her master’s of science degree in biology from Emporia (Kan.) State University in 1995, and her doctorate in agronomy from Kansas State University in 1998. She served as an assistant professor of biology at Juniata College