Kristin Getter

Academic Specialist

Kristin Getter

PhD in Horticulture

1066 Bogue Street, Room A240-E
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325

Phone: (517) 353-0341

Area of Expertise: Floriculture, Green Roofs

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  • PhD in Horticulture, 2009, Michigan State University
  • M.S. in Horticulture, 2006, Michigan State University
  • B.S. in Mathematics, 1993, Michigan State University


Joined Department

  • 2011


Professional Experience

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Academic Specialist, Department of Horticulture (August 2015-Present)
Fixed term faculty with an 50% teaching, 20% advising, and 30% service appointment. Duties and responsibilities include teaching HRT 203 (Principles of Horticulture),  HRT 102 (Plants for Food, Fun, and Profit), and HRT475 (Study Abroad); serve as Assessment of Learning Outcomes Coordinator; and oversight for the Department of Horticulture’s undergraduate recruiting efforts. Other duties include advising undergraduate majors, supervising their internships, and building relationships with the horticulture industry. Serve on various university and departmental committeees including the university Academic Specialists Advisory Committee (as secretary and webmaster), the college Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, the department Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (as chair), and the department Undergraduate Programs Committee.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Floriculture Outreach Specialist, Department of Horticulture (November 2011 - August 2015)
Fixed term faculty responsible for developing and implementing an outreach program in floriculture to support the commercial greenhouse industry in eastern Michigan (85%), as well as perform applied research on floriculture production issues and problems (15%). Write proposals and perform industry product trial research to raise funds for outreach activities. Develop and implement educational programs for industry.  Consult and advise growers on production issues. Serve as advisor on the Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association (MDFGA) board. Perform research to support sustainable production practices.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant for Dr. Bridget Behe, Dept of Horticulture (Jan. 2010-Nov. 2011)
Responsible for developing and implementing many original research projects. Research included: using eyetracking glasses that recorded consumer shopping habits at independent garden centers in Michigan, surveying consumers about their opinions on organic versus conventional food production (using both focus group and internet survey methodologies), and surveying Michigan farmers on their use and needs assessment of passive solar greenhouses. In addition, this position focused heavily on writing proposals, analyzing data, and publishing results.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture (August 2004 - May 2009)
Responsible for many original green roof research projects involving carbon sequestration, evaluation of potential species, and stormwater management. Included experimental design, installation, and maintenance of research plots as well as data collection, analysis, and interpretation of results. Served on department committees as invited. Prepared for and taught two lab sections of an undergraduate course (Plant Propagation) each spring. Revised course material for lab sections as necessary. Was lead instructor for Plant Propagation course in 2007. Attended graduate level classes.

Various Employers
Programmer Analyst (January 1993 - August 2004)
Responsible for design, creation, and maintenance of company wide relational databases often for a large repository of highly sensitive information. Included: designing back-end table layouts, programming front-end user interfaces, providing ample security of database, analyzing data for high-end reporting requirements; creating user and administration manuals for databases; providing training sessions on all databases; troubleshooting and resolving PC, LAN and remote host-access (WAN) problems as it pertains to the databases.



Classes Taught

Principles of Horticulture (HRT 203) Fall 2015, 2016, 2017.
Course consisted of 2 one-hour classroom meetings each week and 1 two-hour lab each week (with four sections).Topics included crop geography, crop selection and management, cultivar development, and factors affecting plant growth and development.< br />

International Studies in Horticulture (Study Abroad): The history and future of horticulture in the U.K. (HRT 475) Summer I 2017.
A 3-credit study abroad course consisting of course work at the end of Spring semester and a two-week faculty-led study abroad in the United Kingdom.  Course objectives are for students to gain historical and geographical knowledge of horticulture, explain and describe the modern urban horticulture movement, historical use of plants as medicines, poisons, and textiles and compare and contrast that to modern uses of plants, describe and explain modern sustainable plant production practices and compare and contrast those with traditional methods, explain how the use of plants can improve the environment, identify and explain modern plant handling and distribution, including bio-safety concerns, understand how modern research is performed for sustainable production and protection of plants, and practice written and oral communication (journaling via blogging, oral presentations).

Plants for Food, Fun, and Profit (HRT 102) Fall 2016, Summer I and Summer II 2017, Fall 2017.
A 2-credit online course consisting of recorded lectures, quizzes, and discussion forums.  Student self-paced with weekly deadlines.  Course objectives were for students to: develop an understanding of horticulture and how plants influence our daily lives; become familiar with various aspects of horticulture so to become better educated about plants, their products, and relationship to environment; and learn how plants are grown for food and enjoyment.

Floriculture Production (HRT 323) Spring 2016, 2012
Course consisted of 2 two-hour classroom meetings each week, divided into lecture and lab. Course objectives were for students to be able to synthesize production information and techniques, utilize secondary literature, and produce annual bedding plants, herbaceous perennials, and Easter lilies.

Plant Propagation (HRT 204)Spring 2007.
Course consisted of 2 one-hour lectures and 3 two-hour lab sections per week. Prepared lecture materials, designed and graded all tests and other assignments, and prepared and executed lab projects. Implemented three new lab projects to increase student hands-on experience.

Teaching Publications

Getter, K.L., B.K. Behe. 2012. Collaborative Marketing Case Studies for Horticulture. NACTA Journal. 56(3): 56-63.

Getter, K.L. and D.B. Rowe. 2008. Using Simple Cooperative Learning Techniques in a Plant Propagation Course. NACTA Journal. 52(4):39-43.


Recent Publications

Refereed journal articles

Getter, K.L., B.K. Behe, H.M. Wollaeger.  2016. Comparative consumer perspectives on eco-friendly and insect management practices on floriculture crops.  HortTechnology.  26(1): 46-53.

Getter, K.L.  2015.  Average daily temperature effects on paclobutrazol efficacy of four floriculture crops.  HortTechnology.  25(6):742-746.

Wollaeger, H.M., K.L. Getter, B.K. Behe.  2015. Consumer perceptions of and willingness to pay for traditional, neonicotinoid-free, bee-friendly, or biological control pest management practices on floral floriculture crops.  HortScience.  50(5): 721-732.

Getter, K.L. and D.W. Rozeboom.  2014. Animal Tissue Compost as a Potential Substrate Amendment for Production of Four Annual Floriculture Crops.  HortTechnology.  24(6):686-695.

Rowe, D.B., M.R. Kolp, S.E. Greer, and K.L. Getter. 2014. Comparison of irrigation efficiency and plant health of overhead, drip, and sub-irrigation for extensive green roofs. Ecological Engineering. 64: 306-313.

Getter, K.L., Behe, B.K., D.S. Conner, P.H. Howard. 2014. Pasture-raised milk: the market for a differentiated product. Journal of Food Products Marketing. 20(2):146-161.

Getter, K.L. and B.K. Behe. 2013. Consumer willingness to purchase Impatiens walleriana alternatives. HortScience. 48(11):1370-1377.

Getter, K.L. and B.K. Behe. 2013. Attitudes and awareness of a holiday “buy local” marketing campaign. HortTechnology. 23(6): 877-885.

Behe, B.K., R.T. Fernandez, P.T. Huddleston, S. Minahan, K.L. Getter, L. Sage, and A.N. Jones. 2013. Practical Field Use of Eye-tracking Devices for Consumer Research in the Retail Environment. HortTechnology. 23(4): 517-524.

Getter, K.L., B.K. Behe. 2012. Collaborative Marketing Case Studies for Horticulture. NACTA Journal. 56(3): 56-63.

Runkle, E.S., S.R. Padhye, W. Oh, K.L. Getter. 2012. Replacing incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps may delay flowering. Scientia Horticulturae. 143:56-61.

Koutsimanis, G., K.L. Getter, B. Behe, J. Harte, E. Almenar. 2012. Influences of Packaging Attributes on Consumer Purchase Decisions for Fresh Produce. Appetite (59): 270-280.

Behe, B.K., K.L. Getter, C. Yue. 2012. Should you blame the weather? The influence of weather parameters, month, and day-of-week on Spring herbaceous plant sales in the U.S. Midwest. HortScience. HortScience (47): 71-73.

Getter, K.L., D.B. Rowe, J. A. Andresen, and I.S. Wichman. 2011. Seasonal heat flux properties of an extensive green roof in a Midwestern U.S. climate. Energy and Buildings. 43:3548-3557.

Rowe, D.B., K.L. Getter, and A.K. Durhman. 2012. Effect of green roof media depth on Crassulacean plant succession over seven years. Landscape and Urban Planning. 104:310-319.

Getter, K.L., D.B. Rowe, G.P. Robertson. 2009. Carbon Sequestration Potential of Extensive Green Roofs. Environmental Science and Technology. 43:7564-7570.

Getter, K.L., D.B. Rowe, and B.M. Cregg. 2009. Solar Radiation Intensity Influences Extensive Green Roof Plant Communities. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 8: 269-281.

Getter, K.L. and D.B. Rowe. 2009. Substrate Depth Influences Sedum Plant Community on a Green Roof. HortScience. 44(2):401-407.

Getter, K.L. and D.B. Rowe. 2008. Using Simple Cooperative Learning Techniques in a Plant Propagation Course. NACTA Journal. 52(4):39-43.

Getter, K.L. and D.B. Rowe. 2008. Media Depth Influences Sedum Green Roof Establishment. Urban Ecosystems 11:361-372.

Getter, K.L., D.B. Rowe, and J.A. Andresen. 2007.Quantifying the Effect of Slope on Extensive Green Roof Stormwater Retention. Ecological Engineering 31:225-231.

Getter, K.L. and D.B. Rowe. 2007. Effect of Substrate Depth and Planting Season on Sedum Plug Survival on Green Roofs. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 25(2):95-99.

Getter, K.L. and D.B. Rowe. 2006. The role of extensive green roofs in sustainable development. HortScience 41: 1276-1285.

Book Chapters

Getter, K.L., B.K. Behe, P.H. Howard, D.S. Conner, and L.M. Spaniolo. 2014. Increasing Demand for Pasture-Based Dairy: What Attributes and Images Do Consumers Want? In: B. Freyer and J. Bingen (ed.). Re-Thinking Organic Food and Farming in a Changing World. The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural, and Food Ethics, volume 22. Springer, Dordrecht.

Rowe, D. Bradley and Kristin L. Getter. 2010. Green roofs and roof gardens. p. 391-412. In: J. Aitkenhead-Peterson and A. Volder (ed.). Urban Ecosystems Ecology. Agron. Monogr. 55. American Society of Agronomy. Crop Science Society of America. And Soil Science Society of America, Madison, WI.

Trade Journals

Wollaeger, H.M., K.L. Getter, and B.K. Behe.  2016.  The impact of eco-friendly messages.  Green Profit.  April 2016.  p 34-38.

Getter, K.L., H.M. Wollaeger, and B.K. Behe.  2015.  If you don’t spray, will they pay? Green Profit.  May 2015.  p 30-33.

Wollaeger, H.M., K.L. Getter, and B.K. Behe.  2015. Consumer Perceptions about Alternative Pest Management Practices. AmericanHort Bulletin. April 2015.

Wollaeger, H.M., K.L. Getter, and B.K. Behe. 2015. Talking about Bees. Green Profit. April 2015. p 40-42.

Getter, K.L. 2015.  Is your store smartphone ready?  Greenhouse Canada.  February 2015. p 30-33.

Getter, K.L.  2015.  Taking the Right Steps.  Inside Grower.  February 2015.  p 26-27.

Getter, K.L. and B.K. Behe. 2013. Consumer willingness to purchase Impatiens walleriana alternatives. OFA Bulletin December 2013, Number 942.

Behe, B.K., A. Jones, K.L. Getter, R.T. Fernandez, and T. Dudek. 2012. Do You See What I See? Spring Plant Shopping in Michigan. OFA Bulletin March/April 2012, Number 932.

Getter, K.L. 2012. Getting Smarter: Make use of your smartphone for a more productive greenhouse business. Greenhouse Management December 2012.

Rowe, D.B. and K.L. Getter. 2011. Can a green roof sequester carbon? The Michigan Landscape Magazine. The Michigan Landscape 54(2):57-59.



Recent Extension Articles Written

Getter, K.L. 22 July 2015.  Benefits of Plants: Life as we know it, live it, and pay for it.

Getter, K.L. 14 May 2015.  Plant phytotoxicity in the greenhouse.

Getter, K.L. May 2015.  Is your greenhouse irrigation water alkalinity ailing your crop?  e-Gro bulletin, volume 4, issue 33.

Getter, K.L. 06 Apr 2015. Pesticides are more potent at proper pH.

Getter, K.L. 26 Mar 2015. Using old pesticides may be perilous to your plants.

Getter, K.L. 25 Mar 2015.  Stock plant nutrition for cutting success.

Getter, K.L. Mar 2015.  Why worry about weeds.  e-Gro bulletin, volume 4, issue 21.

Getter, K.L.  Mar 2015.  Using herbicides in a greenhouse is risky business.  e-Gro bulletin, volume 4, issue 14.

Getter, K.L. 16 Feb 2015. Inspecting incoming plant material is key to greenhouse pest control.

Getter, K.L. 09 Feb 2015. Energy audits may help greenhouse businesses save money

Getter, K.L. 20 Jan 2015.  Greenhouse business and production management with your smartphone.

Getter, K.L. 22 Dec 2014.  Floriculture to food production: Food safety first.

Getter, K.L. 01 Dec 2014.  Use Google Alerts to monitor your business.

Getter, K.L. 12 Nov 2014.  Attending the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo: Reason 3 - Production strategies and plant selection.

Getter, K.L. 03 Nov 2014. Attending the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo: Reason 2 - Marketing and business management.

Getter, K.L. 27 Oct 2014.  Attending the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo: Reason 1 - Pest management

Getter, K.L. 23 Sept 2014. Rust on Aster.  e-GRO bulletin, volume 3, issue 60.

Getter, K.L. 8 Sept 2014. The plight of the poinsettia with aerial blight

Getter, K.L. 8 Sept 2014. Greenhouse sanitation is the first step in managing pests and pathogens

Getter, K.L. 25 July 2014. MSU floriculture insect wall and disease wall chart are updated for smartphones.

Getter, K.L. 24 July 2014. Attend the 2014 Michigan Garden Plant Tour and MSU Plant Trial Field Day.

Getter, K.L. 31 March 2014. Have you thought about your greenhouse watering strategy lately?

Getter, K.L. and N. Catlin.  March 2014. Industry Impatiens Survey Results Are In! E-gro bulletin, volume 3, issue 26.

Getter, K.L. February 2014.  Questioning a plant pathogen in your greenhouse crop? E-gro bulletin, volume 3, issue 17.

Getter, K.L. 4 Feb 2014.  Is your greenhouse business smartphone ready?

Getter, K.L. January, February, March 2014.  Tips - Is Your Green Business Smartphone Ready? Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association Newsletter, volume 84, issue 1.

Getter, K.L. 16 Jan 2014. How scheduling and inventory management software helps your greenhouse business.

Getter, K.L. January 2014.  Is your greenhouse business smartphone ready?  E-gro bulletin, volume 3, issue 2.

Getter, K.L.  13 Dec 2013.  Other benefits of plant growth retardants.

Getter, K.L.  5 Nov 2013.  Herbicide storage in the greenhouse is risky business.

Getter, K.L. and B.K. Behe.  1 Nov 2013. Consumer survey results from the 2011-2012 “Make It a Real Michigan Christmas” campaign.

Getter, K.L. 25 Sep 2013. The basics of diagnosing greenhouse floriculture problems.

Getter, K.L. and T. Dudek.  19 Aug 2013.  Common Greenhouse Poinsettia Production Problems.

Getter, K.L. and E. Runkle.  15 Jul 2013. Attend the 2013 Michigan Garden Plant Tour and MSU Plant Trial Field Day.

Getter, K.L.  14 Jun 2013.  MSU offers Floriculture Root Zone Management online course.

Getter, K.L. 6 May 2013.  pH and EC issues still a problem in some greenhouses.

Getter, K.L. and T. Dudek. 18 Feb 2013.  New website to help consumers choose impatiens alternatives.

Getter, K.L. 20 Dec 2012. MSU insect wall chart for greenhouses goes mobile.

Getter, K.L. and M. Hausbeck. 15 Nov 2012. Ask the plant pathologist about impatiens downy mildew: Part 1 - Biology.

Getter, K.L. and M. Hausbeck.  15 Nov 2012.  Ask the plant pathologist about impatiens downy mildew: Part II - Production.

Getter, K.L. and M. Hausbeck.  15 Nov 2012.  Ask the plant pathologist about impatiens downy mildew: Part III - Landscaping.

Getter, K.L.   6 Sep 2012. Make use of your smartphone for a more productive greenhouse business.

Getter, K.L. 27 Jul 2012. What to expect when filing a pesticide complaint with MDARD.

Getter, K.L. 23 May 2012.  Weeds in the greenhouse: More than unsightly.

Dudek, T., K.L. Getter and B.K. Behe. 30 Apr 2012. Is weather the only factor in spring sales of greenhouse plants?

Getter, K.L. and J. Byrne. 17 Apr 2012. Recognizing symptoms of bacterial blight of geraniums.

Getter, K.L. and J. Himmelein. 29 Mar 2012.  New PGR calculator available for smart phones.

Getter, K.L. 21 Feb 2012. A comparison of greenhouse software programs for managing profits and scheduling.


Outreach Talks Given

    • College of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Antrim, Northern Ireland.  Horticulture in the U.S., Michigan, and MSU. 17 May 2017.
    • Michigan State University Admissions Advisors – Horticulture Recruitment. 17 Aug 2016.
    • Michigan State University Admissions Recruitment (for admitted at-risk students).  Career opportunities in horticulture.  19 Apr 2016.
    • 2015 Michigan State University Trial Gardens Field Day. Are insect management practices more important than other production eco-friendly practices? 08/04/15.
    • Innovative Governance Of Large Urban Systems [IGLUS] Executive Master Program. East Lansing, MI. Green Roofs as a Tool for Urban Ecosystem Services. 4/17/15.
    • A Future Harvest for America’s Cities: Agriculture and Livestock as a Tool for Urban Renewal.  East Lansing, MI. Green Roofs as a Tool for Urban Renewal. 4/16/15.
    • Michigan Plant Growers Co-operative Meeting, Allendale, MI. Smartphone Apps for the Greenhouse Industry. 1/8/15.
    • Michigan Floriculture Growers Council Board Meeting. Consumers Preferences for Bee Friendly Plant Production. 09/11/14
    • 2014 Michigan State University Trial Gardens Field Day. Consumers Preferences for Bee Friendly Plant Production. 08/05/14
    • 2014  Grower Radio Network Interview.  Smartphone Ready. 1/28/14.
    • 2013 Michigan Greenhouse Growers EXPO.  Grand Rapids, MI.  Is your business smartphone ready?  12/10/13.
    • 2013 Michigan Greenhouse Growers EXPO.  Grand Rapids, MI.  Consumer willingness to purchase Impatiens walleriana alternatives.  12/10/13.
    • 2013 Indiana Flower Growers Association Fall Conference.  West Lafayette, IN.  Consumer willingness to purchase Impatiens walleriana alternatives. 10/10/13.
    • 2013 National Floriculture Forum: Creative Thinking, Creative Funding: Research, Extension, and Teaching Programs and Consortiums.  Portsmouth, NH.  Multiple Platforms for Industry Outreach.  3/23/13.
    • Bogie Lake Greenhouses Landscapers Education Seminar, White Lake, MI.  Impatiens Downy Mildew (IDM) Management for Landscapers.  3/12/13.
    • Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, Grand Rapids, MI.  What’s Your Problem?  Test Your Diagnostic Skills.  12/4/12.
    • Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, Grand Rapids, MI.  Research Update - The Retired College of Knowledge: an Update.  12/4/12
    • Metropolitan Detroit Floriculture Growers Association Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI.  MSU Research Update.  10/24/12.
    • Michigan Farmers Market Association Conference, East Lansing, MI.  Pricing Strategies.  3/7/12.
    • East Michigan Greenhouse Growers Regional MSU Update, Novi, MI (2/8/12), Clinton Township, MI (1/30/12), and Monroe, MI (2/6/12).  Research Update.
    • Saginaw Valley Nursery and Landscaping Associations ‘Short Course’, Saginaw, MI.  Connecting with your Customers.  2/17/2011.
    • The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association Great Ideas Summer Conference, Charlton, MA.  Tightwads and Tree-Huggers: Marketing to the Post-Recession and Eco-Consumer.  7/21/2010.
    • Interviewed by American Chemical Society for their podcast on Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions. Confronting Climate Change: “Green” roofs can help fight global warming. 10/15/2009.
    • Invited speaker for the CIRTL (the NSF funded Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) Coffee Hour “Using your Teaching as Research Project to strengthen your professional life”. 11/18/2010.
    • Interviewed on Colombian National Public Radio. Green roofs and carbon sequestration.  9/17/2009.
    • Tecta America Energy Symposium, Florham Park, NJ.  The Many Benefits of Green Roofs.  7/8/2008.
    • Interviewed for Big Ten Network Television.  Green roofs and carbon sequestration. September, 2008.
    • DeWitt Public Schools, Herbison Woods 6th grade class, DeWitt, MI.  How Green Roofs Help the Environment.  12/19/2007.
    • The Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA), Summer Field Day, East Lansing, MI.  Green Roof Research at MSU.  8/15/2005.