Dr. Sarah Cathey

Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for the Sciences, Professor of Natural Science
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B.S. in Biology (Lipscomb University)
M.S. in Agronomy (University of Florida)
Ph.D. in Agronomy (University of Florida)

Website: Cropview (An online learning tool for plant and crop science that I helped create in graduate school)

Articles: Wherley, B., M.D. Dukes, S. Cathey, G. Miller and T. Sinclair. 2015. Consumptive water use and crop coefficients for warm-season turfgrass species in the Southeastern United States. Agricultural Water Management. 156:10-18.

Sinclair, T.R., B. Wherley, M. Dukes, S. Cathey. 2014. Penman’s sink-strength model as an improved approach to estimating canopy transpiration. Journal of Agricultural and Forestry Meteorology. 197: 136-141.

Cathey, S.E., J.K. Kruse, T.R. Sinclair and M.D. Dukes. 2013. Transpiration response of three warm-season turfgrasses to progressively drying soil. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 89:36-43.

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: Small class sizes that allow for me to work closely with students, and for the opportunity to include discussion of faith with our program content.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Garden, jog, hike, sew and be present with my family.

In my classes, students can expect: To be challenged, to think synthetically about the information presented, and to be thought of as contributing individuals.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Work smarter, not harder, be consistent in your studies, and ask lots of questions!

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Increasingly curious about God’s creation.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: That faith in God and scientific investigation are not only compatible but in harmony. Using research and scientific knowledge to love and serve others is such a great gift.

A quote that influences how I live is: “A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. …The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky and their amazing life.”  – Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder