I'm interested in projects that study fungal ecology. In particular, I will be working with Dean Malvick and Kathryn Bushley looking at the ecology of "Fusarium virguliforme" in hopes to better understand the effects of the pathogen on our environment and vice versa.
I'm interested in projects that study fungal ecology. In particular, I work with Dean Malvick and Kathryn Bushley looking at the ecology of Fusarium virguliforme, the pathogen that causes Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans. My project seeks to determine how this invasive pathogen survives in the climate of Minnesota
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
What is plant pathology to you?
Plant pathology is our ability to understand how plant diseases impact our agriculture and ecosystem in general.
Why did you decide to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota? Tell us about your path to Plant Pathology.
My first exposure to fungi was through a Mycology course at my undergraduate university, where I picked up a research project studying the effects of acid mine drainage on fungal diversity and heavy metal absorption. After this project, I was selected as an undergraduate research intern at Cornell University, where I worked with "Erysiphe necator". Since then, I have struggled to find the right graduate program. I chose the University of Minnesota because the program allowed me to design and research a project that geared more towards my personal interests.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time at the University of Minnesota, and what are your goals for the future?
After graduate school, I hope to work in science outreach and teach the general public about plant diseases. While at the UMN, I hope to learn as much as possible about diagnosing and managing various diseases that I can pass onto future learners. I also hope to gain experience in developing outreach materials and acquire skills to better prepare myself as a science communicator
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Long road trips, hiking, camping, mushroom hunting, taking naps in my hammock and ironically trying not to kill my house plants.
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