Kathy S. Lawrence received a BS in agronomy from New Mexico State University and an MS and a PhD in plant pathology from Mississippi State University. Kathy began work with plant-parasitic nematodes as a PhD student, working on
Heterodera glycines and sudden death syndrome of soybean. Since 1999, she has served as a soilborne and foliar disease plant pathologist, focusing on nematode and fungal interaction in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Her current research focuses on developing holistic management systems for plant-parasitic nematode management of field crop systems.