Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Shawn Kaeppler
Professor of Agronomy
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences


Research area Crop breeding, genetics, genomics and biotechnology. Research in maize has focused on plant resilience and nutrient use efficiency, breeding for circular agriculture systems, seed development and composition, and epigenetics.

What excites you about your work? 

“I like working with students, training the next generation of scientists and being at university seeing the excitement of discovery. I also have a strong desire to translate basic science information to farmers and growers in our area of plant sciences. The potential to get things to companies who might be able to put them into products, or directly to growers, is a driving force for me, in addition to the fun of scientific discovery.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“Broadly, our society and our planet face challenges like climate change, needing to feed people, human health and protecting our environment with clean water and healthy soils. Within that context, my vision is to continue to find ways to apply our research and discover new things and try to translate them into systems.

Shawn is an exceptional professor and mentor. Through his research, his leadership of the WCIC, and the students he has trained (who have gone on to their own successful careers across the industry), his impact is truly global.

– Emily Bauer, WARF, Director of Licensing

Want to learn more?

Emily Bauer, [email protected], 608.960.9842