A graduate of Iowa State University, Anna joined the grape breeding team as a Master's student in 2017. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, her work was focused on maize and sorghum genetics; additionally, she spent time studying horticultural crop production at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Currently, she's focusing her research on image-based phenotyping methods for grape cluster density, along with the measurement of phenological timing in hybrid wine grapes. Ultimately, she hopes to integrate this data into the use of quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping and marker-assisted selection to increase the efficiency and efficacy of grape breeding programs. In the future, she hopes to continue working to improve fruit crops in the private industry.
B.S. Agronomy (Plant Breeding & Biotechnology) - Iowa State University, 2016
B.S. Horticulture (Science) - Iowa State University, 2016