Emma Lookabaugh
40 Under 40, Class of 2022

Emma Lookabaugh



Job Title

Senior Technical Service Specialist


  • Works directly with growers, researchers and consultants to provide research-based and grower-tested solutions for insect and disease problems — and make that content available to the industry.
  • Earned her Ph.D. in entomology and plant pathology, her master’s degree in plant pathology, and her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and plant biology from North Carolina State University.


Her (Soda) Pop is a Doctor, Too: Emma can’t live without her Dr. Pepper. “Trust me, I’ve tried to break the habit, but we always find our way back to each other.”

Fun Facts

Finding Fungi Along the Way: Emma loves spending time outdoors with her daughter. “I’m trying to teach her all of the most important life lessons — like how to tell when blackberries are ‘just right’ and that hiking is more fun when you call it a fungal foray.”

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.
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Emma Lookabaugh
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Cole Mangum
Oz Marshall
Meagan Nace
Tiffany Nohl
Chris Plane
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