usvl watermelon

M.S. Environmental Science, Biology concentration, College of Charleston, 2014
B.A. Political Science, Environmental Studies, College of Charleston, 2010

Research interests include sustainable agriculture and functional agro-ecosystems, host-plant resistance to pests/disease, plant breeding, climate-change preparation, subsistence farming, and developing methods for low-input production.  In graduate school, my project focused on identifying wild accessions that could provide genetic resources for enhancing cultivated watermelon for resistance to insect pests and to insect-vectored pathogens.  My career goals include contributing to sustainable ag research and eventually to start my own farm.  Personal interests include gardening, cooking, kayaking, hiking, camping, and my dog.