M.S. research - Pythium species are water-loving oomycetes known for causing yield reductions in a wide variety of crop species, typically by causing root rot and damping off. My research focuses on determining the pathogenicity of Pythium species found in Ohio, the resistance to Pythium disease of different soybean cultivars, and the efficacy of several commercially available fungicides to deter Pythium-induced disease. The goals is aimed towards establishing a multi-faceted approach to decreasing yield loses due to Pythium.
State University of New York, Geneseo - Biology Department
Worked with Dr. George Briggs to determine and give a presentation on the "Effect of Spectral Quality on Brassica rapa Growth, Reproductive Ability, and Pigment Content," (August 2014-May 2015), presented at G.R.E.A.T. Day symposium, Geneseo, NY, April 21, 2014. Original research.
Worked with Dr. Isidro Bosch to determine the water quality of Loon Lake in Wayland, NY in order to produce a State of the Lake Assessment; also investigated blooms of the toxic cyanobacteria Microcystis (August 2014-May 2015).
Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, Summer Undergraduate Research Focus (SURF) Program
Worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Summer Undergraduate Research Focus Program; worked with Dr. Paul Zimba to research and give a presentation at a symposium on the “Effect of Spectral Quality on Sargassum natans Growth, Photosynthetic Efficiency, and Pigment Content."