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Professor Spotlight - Lisa Castle

Updated: Apr 29

Lisa Castle has been a professor at SWOSU for 10 years.


She achieved her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also achieved her PhD at the University of Kansas. During her time between the two degrees, she attended Gardening School in Scotland.


Dr. Lisa Castle

Castle’s birthday is May 19.


Since she was little, Castle wanted to be an herbalist, a naturalist and a mycologist.

During high school, she participated in 4H, German Club, Chinese Club, and independent science studies nicknamed “the nerd herd”.


She also played volleyball and soccer.


Castle’s favorite sports teams are the U.S. Women's Soccer team, Kansas Jayhawks for basketball, the Denver Broncos, and the Thunder.


During her free time, Castle’s hobbies and interests include juggling, twirling fire torches, plants and food, and baking.


Her favorite color varies depending on the situation. In general, her favorite color is purple. However, her favorite color for cars is red, for plants is sunflower yellow with a blue background, and for looking at landscapes is green and blue.


There are several interesting facts about Castle. She was bitten by a black widow when she was nine months pregnant. She attended the Women’s World Cup in France. She also has a son with cerebral palsy, and is an advocate for pediatric stroke awareness.


The best place Castle has ever been is Glacier National Park.


Her favorite SWOSU memory is of plant taxonomy field trips to the Wichita Wildlife Refuge.


Castle’s advice to students on campus is to “make all of your relationships mutualistic; don't be a parasite, and don’t harbor parasites.”

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