Degree sought: Ph.D. in Crop Science
Advisor: Dr. Michael Pumphrey
I’ve always had an interest in biology, specifically green things that grow. While attending the University of Missouri for my undergraduate I got to see the great potential plant breeding can have on crop improvement. It was during my undergraduate that I also saw how much a graduate level of education could teach me about plant breeding, and I resolved to continue my education upon receiving my B.S. in “Plant Sciences”. The first stop for me was Purdue University where I got my M.S. in plant breeding and genetics. Seeing how much you can learn in graduate school but also wanting a position with lots of field-based experience I can here to Washington State University in the summer of 2018 to get my doctorate.
My projects here at Washington State focus on two areas related to wheat improvement. The first deals with developing wheat varieties that are resistant to Hessian fly. Hessian fly being a small insect pest that can under certain conditions decimate yield. And the second is mapping genes related to quality characteristics of wheat. Both have taught me a lot about the many different aspects that must come together in order to grow and harvest a successful crop.
Working under Mike Pumphrey in the spring wheat breeding program I am learning a lot about the tools and methods needed to guild potential varieties through the process of creation and testing in order to find the best ones for release. As well as the analytically and methodically skills needed to conduct research at a high level
Educational background: B.S. University of Missouri, M.S. Purdue University