Other Students Advised by CSS Faculty

Cornelius Adewale in a field

Cornelius Adewale

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Environmental Science
Advisor: Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs

I was born in Ilesa, an agricultural-based community in south-western part of Nigeria. I studied Agricultural Economics at an undergraduate level at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), one of the leading colleges in agricultural innovations in Africa. My interest in sustainable agriculture lead me to WSU in the fall of 2011 when I joined Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs’s lab working on development of “Ofoot”, a web app for estimating carbon footprint of organic farms.

I am particularly interested in studying ecosystem services of agricultural systems. At the moment, my research is focused on carbon footprint of agricultural systems.

Educational background: M.S. in Soil Science – Washington State University; B.Agric (Agricultural Economics) – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


Fatimah Aljaafar with a brick building in the background

Fatimah Aljaafar

Degree sought: M.S. in Environmental Science
Advisor: Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs

I am a Master’s student in the School of the Environment. My advisor is Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Food & Nutrition Sciences from the College of Agricultural Sciences & Food from King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia. I have a profound interest in Environmental Sciences. That interest has always fueled my desire to seek distinction turning my dreams into reality. My project is going to be about improving sustainability of biofuel production, specifically in a Populus Tree (poplar) and Panicum virgatum (switchgrass) plantation in northern Oregon. I will focus my study on a life cycle assessment (LCA).

Educational background: B. Agriculture College, Department of Food & Nutrition Sciences, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia


Scott Carle standing in front of a tree

Scott Carle

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Kimberly Campbell

I am working with Dr. Kimberly Campbell and Dr. Daniel Z Skinner on further identifying and characterizing the genes and functional mechanisms responsible for conveying cold tolerance in winter wheat. It is my hope that this research will make useful contributions to both the scientific community and to agricultural production.

Education Background:  B.S. (Biotechnology) – University of Florida


Nathan Grant

Nathan Grant

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Kulvinder Gill

I am a MPS student working in Dr. Kulvinder Gill’s research lab as a research assistant. My current research project is working with heat stressed wheat by measuring/studying photosynthesis. Currently, I am finishing a project that involves mapping an Rht gene. I graduated from WSU in 2012 with my degree in agricultural biotechnology. GO COUGS!


Leland Michael Lege

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs


John Hadish

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Kulvinder Gill


Andrew Horgan

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Arron Carter


Caitlin Jacques

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Michael Neff


Erika Kruse hiking on a mountain

Erika Kruse

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Arron Carter

Erika came to WSU in the Fall of 2014 and is a PhD candidate in Dr. Arron Carter’s winter wheat breeding lab. She studies winter survival; specifically tolerance to snow mold infection and freezing temperatures. After graduation, she is interested in exploring opportunities in industry as a horticultural plant breeder. Beyond her research, Erika has many hobbies including running, hiking, backpacking, crocheting, cooking, and making music.

Educational background: B.A. in Genetics with a minor in Plant Science from Rutgers University



Shantel Martinez standing in a wheat field

Shantel Martinez

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Camille Steber

In the Fall of 2011, I started my masters research in the Steber lab and I was also closely co-advised by Kimberly Garland Campbell. I began my MPS Ph.D. work in the Spring of 2013 with Dr. Steber and Dr. Garland Campbell. My research project is to identify novel loci contributing to PHS (preharvest sprouting) and drought tolerance in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) with an emphasis on the role of the plant hormone ABA (abscisic acid) in controlling these processes. The goal of this research is to improve PHS and drought tolerance in Washington wheat using both ABA mutants and the existing variation for these traits through three different approaches: 1) identify loci providing PHS tolerance in northwest germplasm by association mapping, 2) map the ERA8 locus that causes the ABA hypersensitive seed germination and PHS tolerance phenotypes of soft white spring Zak ERA8 wheat, and 3) examine whether higher ABA sensitivity and water use efficiency can be used to improve wheat drought tolerance.


Matthew McGowan

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisors: Dr. Zhiwu Zhang and Dr. Stephen Ficklin


Paul Mihalyov

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Michael Pumphrey


Jessica Ortiz

Degree sought: Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Michael Neff