Brandy Garrett-Kluthe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

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About Dr. Garrett Kluthe

Dr. Kluthe attended Missouri State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Geology. Upon graduation she served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. Her primary role was as a forestry volunteer working with local farmers to improve soil fertility. Upon her completion of service she attended graduate school at Western Illinois University in the Peace Corps Fellows Program. During her time at Western she also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer, working in a rural Illinois community. Dr. Kluthe attended the University of Arkansas as a Doctoral Academy Fellow where she earned her doctorate in Environmental Dynamics/Biology as well as a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability. Her research took her back to Africa, this time on the east side of the continent. Her research focused is on the introduced Eucalyptus tree and the impacts it has had on the environment and society in the country of Kenya. Dr. Kluthe is currently working on allopathic chemicals and the mycorrhizal fungi associated with introduced species.

Career & Accomplishments


  • University of Arkansas, Ph.D.

  • Missouri State University, B.S.

  • Western Illinois University, M.S.


Investigating ecosystems with vegetation: A plant biology lab. Article 63 In: McMahon K, editor. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching. Volume 40.
B. Garrett Kluthe, C. Mortellaro – Proceeding of the 40th Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE). 2019

Using Lichenometry, Dendrochronology, and Historical Data to Establish the Relative Age of an Abandoned Cemetery in Northern Arkansas
B.Garrett Kluthe, M Guiccioni, SL Stephenson – Ethnobiology Letters, 2018

An assessment of the carbon sequestration potential of Eucalyptus in Kenya.
B.G. Kluthe, M. Ben Hassine Ben Ali, S.L. Stephenson – In Vivo 40(1): 10-16, 2018

Diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with Quercus alba in northwest Arkansas
M. Ben Hassine Ben Ali, D.J. Nelsen, B. Garrett Kluthe, S.L. Stephenson, T. Collins – Current Research in Environmental & Applied Mycology , 2018.

Eucalyptus sp. at the Intersection of Environment and Culture in Kenya
B. Garrett Kluthe, D. Chen – Ethnobiology Letters, 2017

Eucalyptus in Kenya: Impacts on Environment and Society
B. Garrett Kluthe – University of Arkansas, 2016

Reliable protocols for DNA extraction from freeze-dried macro-fungal samples used in molecular macro-fungal systematics studies.
M. Ben Hassine Ben Ali, B. Garrett Kluthe – Current Research in Environmental and Applied Mycology, 2016

A preliminary study of the ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with Eucalyptus in Kenya.
B. Garrett Kluthe, M. Ben Hassine Ben Ali, D.J. Nelsen., S.L. Stephenson- Mycosphere, 2016

Directory of closed-membership producer cooperatives
C.D.Merrett, M. Holmes, J. Eggert, B. Garrett Kluthe, – Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. – 2003