Nicole Mihelich

Nicole Mihelich leaning over a group of plant propagations
she/her
161 Alderman Hall

1970 Folwell Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108
United States

Degree
Ph.D.
Advisor
Eric Watkins
Laura Shannon
Program
Applied Plant Science
Education
  • M.S. University of Minnesota, Applied Plant Sciences, 2018
  • B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biochemistry, 2015

Biography

I am interested in breeding and genetics/genomics for crop improvement, especially in settings that work toward more sustainable agricultural solutions. I am also interested in how polyploidy influences phenotypic traits and the challenge of tackling complex genomes. For my Ph.D., I am working toward improving fine fescue cool-season grass species as a low-input turfgrass, specifically for sod production. I am focusing on rhizome production and tillering traits that may be key in horizontal spread and rapid establishment of sustainable sod.

Areas of Interest

Fine fescue, sod, rhizomes, polyploidy