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Professor of Biology and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Grinnell College

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Dr. Montgomery studies how individuals perceive, respond to, and are impacted by environments in which they exist. Her research efforts are focused on the responses of photosynthetic organisms to external light and nutrient cues.

Additionally, Dr. Montgomery pursues this theme in the context of effective mentoring and academic leadership. 


Dr. Montgomery is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2018), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2020), the American Society of Plant Biologists (2021) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2022), as well as American Society for Cell Biology Mentoring Keynote honoree (2021). She was named one of Cell‘s Inspiring Black Scientists in America. Dr. Montgomery is author of Lessons from Plants (Harvard University Press, 2021) and at work on her second book When Trees Testify (under contract with Holt).

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