Tell us a little about yourself. I am originally from Kansas and grew up in the Midwest exploring the prairie ecosystem, camping, hiking and playing sports.
What do you study? Currently, I am studying the breeding and genetics of lettuce production in Florida. My research focuses on improving nutritional content. I am interested in learning the genetics behind producing high-vitamin content and whether lettuce with higher vitamins tolerates environmental stresses.
Why did you select UF/IFAS CALS to pursue your Ph.D. in plant breeding? I chose to study plant breeding at UF/IFAS because I wanted to research leafy vegetables and was impressed by the extensive plant breeding resources. I found a great advisor, Dr. Germán Sandoya, who conducts research similar to my previous experience and interests.
What are your goals for the future? My goal for the future is to guide a small to medium-sized breeding program and/or collaborate on crop improvement at a government or non-governmental organization agricultural research station.