Research focuses on integration of desirable production traits, including disease and insect resistance, into elite sunflower lines. Research also includes adapting new breeding technologies to sunflower, including marker-assisted selection to make selection for expensive or difficult-to-study traits cheaper and easier.

Agronomy, Botany
PhD, University of Minnesota, Applied Plant Sciences, 2007
MS, Iowa State University, Plant Breeding, 2004
BS, South Dakota State University, Agronomy, 2002