Specialty：Forage Breeding and Management
The goals of my program are to 1) to develop tools (e.g. molecular, morphological, chemical, etc.) to rapidly identify morphologically similar species of apomictic grasses, 2) to characterize genetic variation within these apomictic taxa across large geographic ranges, 3) to better understand the role that low frequencies of sexual reproduction, fertilization of unreduced gametes, etc. may play on the success and fitness of apomictic taxa and to 4) develop management strategies to enhance the sustainability of forage-livestock systems.