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Kristina Walker

Associate Professor
Interim Division Head - Ag, Natural Sci and Tech
Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
(218) 281-8116

Associated Majors

Awards, Distinctions, and Honors

  • 2021 Outstanding Educator Award

  • 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award

  • Outstanding Student in Teaching Award, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 2006

  • Associate Fellow of the Teaching Academy, Purdue University, 2007

  • Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award, Purdue University, 2007

  • Honoree for the Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 2006

Selected Publications

  • Walker.K.S., C.A. Bigelow, D.R. Van Scoyoc and Z.J. Reicher 2007. Above ground responses of three cool-season lawn species to varying annual nitrogen rates and application timings. Crop Sci. 47:1225-1236

  • Bigelow, C.A., and K.S. Walker. 2007. Golf ball roll distance: A field exercise to explore management factors affecting putting green speed. J. Nat. Res. Life Sci. Edu. 36:112-119.

  • Bigelow, C.A., K.S. Walker, and G.A. Hardebeck. 2007. Single fall applications of coated urea fertilizers produce a high quality Kentucky bluegrass turf. Applied Turfgrass Science Online Journal.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, University Alabama in Huntsville, December 1999

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Agronomy, Purdue University, August 2008

  • Master of Science, Agronomy, Purdue University, May 2006


  • Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate, Purdue University Center for Instructional Excellence, 2006

  • Graduate Teaching Certificate, Purdue University Center for Instructional Excellence, 2005

Other Accomplishments

  • United States Golf Association Summer Intern, North-Central Region, 2005

Professional Memberships

  • Crop Science Society of America , since 2004

  • Gamma Sigma Delta, since 2005

  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America , since 2003

  • Midwest Regional Turf Foundation, since 2002

  • Phi Kappa Phi, since 2004

  • Soil Science Society of America , since 2004

  • United States Golf Association, since 2003

In the News

December 14, 2022
University of Minnesota Crookston associate professor of biology and environmental science, and director of sustainability Katy Chapman would be considered both a faculty and staff member with her many titles, but at home she’s a mom, wife, gardener, animal lover, knitter, and beekeeper. At work, Chapman is currently taking time to achieve a career goal of becoming a full professor and she’s knee-deep in research on multiple topics.
October 25, 2018
Students can travel the world as part of learning abroad and probably no place more exotic than the Galapagos Islands. One of the most requested places by students for a study abroad experience, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes under the leadership of associate professors Katy Chapman and Kristie Walker.
November 26, 2017
When Amanda Monson started working with Jason Brantner, a researcher at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, she knew very little if anything about sugar beets. Now, she spends time learning about them every week.