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Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs

Karnita GarnerKarnita Golson-Garner, Ph.D.

Extension Environmental Specialist
Urban Affairs & New Nontraditional Programs
P.O. Box 967
Normal, Alabama 35762

PHONE: (256) 372-8331
FAX: (256) 372-5840

e-mail: kfg0003@aces.edu


  • Ph.D., Plant and Soil Science, Alabama A&M University
  • M.S., Plant and Soil Science, Alabama A&M University
  • B.S., Environmental Science/Chemistry, Alabama A&M University

Job Summary

Extension responsibilities are to provide leadership in the development, dissemination and implementation of urban soil, water and environmental education programs, with an emphasis on natural resource conservation. Additionally, to work with extension specialists and agents in environmental outreach and programming activities and students, faculty and staff in the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) to conduct applied research in support of Alabama's Cooperative Extension Programs. Urban Environmental Webpage.

Professional Work Experience

  • Extension Environmental Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems, Alabama A&M University, 2009-present
  • Research Associate, Center for Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences, Alabama A&M University, 2006-2009
  • Research Associate, Center for Hydrology, Soil Climatology & Remote Sensing, Alabama A&M University, 2001-2006
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Alabama A&M University, 1998-2001
  • IT Systems Associate, Intergraph Corporation, 1997-1998
  • Systems Operator, SCI Systems, 1996-1997

Specialty Areas

  • Water Science
  • Soil Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Health Science

Honors and Awards

  • ACES Award of Excellence in Grant Funding and Sponsorships - 2012
  • ACES Superior Service Award - 2010
  • ACES Innovative Program Outreach Award - 2010
  • School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Staff of the Year Award - 2009
  • USEPA, ATSDR & CDC Poster Award Honorarium - 2007
  • ASA, CSSA, SSSA 3rd Place Poster Award - 2007
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) 3rd Place Poster Award - 2007
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Star Fellowship Award - 2006-2009
  • Associate Research Directors 2nd Place Outstanding Poster Award - 2003
  • NASA-EPSCoR Space Grant Fellowship Award - 2000-2001
  • IEEE-IGARSS Travel Grant - 2000