Title: Associate Research Professor
Time at GRI: 15 years
Hometown: Cherokee, Oklahoma
Q: What is your academic background?
Plant and Soil Sciences, with a little dash of GIS and statistics.
Q: What are your research interests?
I am focused on how geospatial technologies can enable growers to target placement of conservation practices on the landscape to reduce the environmental impact of production agriculture without compromising the bottom line.
Q: Who inspired you to purse the career you have today?
How I ended up here is a long tale of tiny opportunities that added up to something larger. The short version is I found GIS thanks to my mother, I found agriculture thanks to a summer job at the local Co-op, and I found precision agriculture thanks to Drs. Raun, Solie, and Stone who offered OSU’s first college course on the topic. I found my way to MSU thanks to my two graduate advisors, Drs. Peeper and Shaw. After spending three years doing conservation work with the MSU REACH program, I realized I wanted to apply precision agriculture concepts to conservation research.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
When I was 18, I applied for a job at Wal-Mart. They wouldn’t hire me.
Q: What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I am an enthusiastic supporter of personal enrichment courses. Thanks to the opportunity to learn photography from MSU continuing education, I am now officially hooked. My love of photography led me to another of my newer interests – birdwatching. When I’m not out hunting for birds to photograph, I greatly enjoy reading.