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Contact Information:
353 Plant Science Building
mrk252@cornell.edu

I am conducting research to exploit spatial and environmental variation in cropping systems for plant breeding and agronomic management. I have joined effort with the New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association to optimize variable rate planting rate technologies to maximize yields using high-resolution soils and topographical data. In addition, I am interested in integrating genomic prediction, crop modeling, and aerial-based high throughput plant phenotyping into selection schemes to exploit environmental variation. I will be conducting my dissertation research at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico from 2016-2018 as a U.S. Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security and hope to apply my skills in breeding to conduct research for global development.