Dr. Yolander Youngblood received her BS degree in Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi, USA, in 1986. She received her MS degree in Botany from the University of South Florida, USA, in 1993. In 1999 she received her PhD. in Botany from the University of Florida, USA. Currently, her laboratory is researching Amaranthus palmeri at Prairie View A & M University, USA, where she is a faculty member. She studies and characterizes the structural and cellular responses of leaves to certain environmental conditions, including organic herbicides. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation.