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Joshua K. Craver, PhD.


Assistant Professor Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-7683   Office: 105 Shepardson

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Agriculture
2.) Horticulture and Landscape

Areas of Interest

 Controlled environment agriculture (CEA)Horticultural lighting applicationsHydroponic production


Dr. Joshua Craver is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2018, his M.S. from Kansas State University in 2014, and B.S. from Mississippi State University in 2012. Dr. Craver’s research focuses on enhancing the production of vegetable and floriculture crops in controlled environments. Specifically, his research aims to evaluate whole-plant physiological and morphological responses to the environment and then utilize this information to 1) optimize the timing and extent of production inputs; 2) improve the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources; and 3) increase the productivity and quality of crops produced in controlled environments. Much of this research focuses on plant photobiology and lighting optimization for both greenhouse (supplemental lighting) and indoor (sole-source lighting) applications using light-emitting diodes (LEDs).