Population genetics, marker development, pH tolerance, Ericaceous crops
I am a graduate student in Applied Plant Sciences studying plant breeding and molecular genetics under Stan Hokanson and Jim Bradeen. In 2013 I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities.
I research applications of phenomics and genomics to woody plant breeding, specifically on improving the pH tolerance of deciduous azaleas and other Ericaceous crops. That is, developing creative approaches to quantifying traits we observe and using genetic information to help speed the selection process in woody plants for growth in Minnesota. My species of interest is Rhododendron viscosum, a deciduous azalea native to North America.
I work extensively in the southern United States, with field research from Arkansas to Florida and a collaborating USDA lab: the Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville, Mississippi. In addition to my research, I enjoy teaching and mentoring.