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.
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?
I hope to learn as much as possible about the realm of plant pathology that I can pass on to future generations as I pursue my goals of becoming a professor. I also hope to apply my knowledge from the University of Minnesota to study the possibilities of using mycoremediation in the future.
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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