Dr. M.A. Cohn, Professor of Seed Biology/Crop Physiology, is a world authority on weed seed dormancy and recalcitrant seed biology. He teaches two courses each spring semester, Seed Physiology (PLHL/BIOL 4444) and Professional Development for Plant Scientists (PLHL/BIOL 7067). PLHL/BIOL 7067 provides time-tested strategies for conducting successful research: how to formulate a good question; how to find background information related to your research; how to stay current with the literature; how to formulate a logical series of experiments; how to construct a manuscript/talk/poster; how to evaluate what you read; how to edit and/or review a manuscript; how to integrate your findings into the flow of science. Dr. Cohn’s rants cover methods, philosophy, etiquette and ethics. Hopefully, students are entertained and enlightened.
Dr. Cohn’s research and professional service inform his award-winning teaching approach. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Seed Science Research, for a decade. He is the recipient of the prestigious Seed Science Award  from the Crop Science Society of America, the Tipton Award  for team research from the LSU AgCenter, the Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Society of Plant Biologists , LSU’s Sedberry Award for Graduate Student Teaching & Mentoring (2009), an Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Agriculture in 2011, College of Agriculture Teacher of the Year for 2011-12 and Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching (2015). He has published over 100 research papers, book chapters and scientific abstracts, and has been a recipient or co-recipient of grants funded for more than $5 million. Dr. Cohn is a member of the Weed Science Society of America, Crop Science Society of America, the Association of Official Seed Analysts, a life member of the American Society of Plant Biologists and a charter member of the International Seed Science Society. He is a graduate of Northeastern University, Boston (B.A. in Biology) and Cornell University (M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology). A life-long student of jazz, jazz radio broadcaster since 1967 (currently Saturdays from 3-5pm on WHYR 96.9FM, streaming at whyr.org, and archived at www.mixcloud.com/drjazz), and a very amateur saxophonist, Dr. Cohn is the proud servant of his cat.