Specialty：Butler Chair, Corn Breeding and Genetics
Support Staff and Students
Research. My research focuses on molecular quantitative genetics, and applied maize (corn) breeding with the ultimate goal of increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of agricultural production. My methods include genetic mapping (QTL, GWAS) of phenotypic variation, classical and molecular field breeding (MAS, GS), development of new breeding methods (including use of computer simulations), near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) and increasingly field-based high-throughput phenotyping and novel analysis methods for these large genetic and phenotypic datasets. Graduate student training is deeply embedded in all of my research.
Teach. I currently teach an upper-level undergraduate writing intensive course (SCSC 481) each Fall, a graduate course in Molecular Quantitative Genetics in Plant Breeding (SCSC 643) each Spring, and the graduate seminar course for the Department (SCSC 681) each semester.
SCSC 643. Quantitative Genetics and Plant Breeding. (3-0). Credit 3. Classical, applied and molecular aspects of quantitative genetics in plant breeding; genetic relationships; genetic diversity; genetic phenomena (linkage, heterosis and epistasis); genotype by environment interaction; mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL); genomic and marker-assisted selection; application of statistical soft¬ware. Prerequisites: STAT 651, SCSC 642 or GENE 613; or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with GENE 643.
SCSC 681. Seminar. Credit 1 each semester. For graduate students and staff members in soils and crops; presen¬tation and discussion of special topics and research data; participation required of all graduate students in agronomy.
SCSC 481. Senior Seminar. (2-0). Credit 2. Capstone course bringing together student experiences, exams, and exercises necessary for completing and assessing curriculum program learning outcomes. Prerequisite: Senior classification.