Personnel

Jason Brewer is a USDA Biological Science Technician in charge of the field breeding and testing and seed stock maintenance. email: Jason.Brewer@usda.gov

Josie Bloom is a USDA Biological Science Technician who manages the genotyping laboratory. email: Josie.Bloom@usda.gov

Graduate students

Matthew Smith received his B.A. in Architecture from Clemson University, served in the Air Force as a pilot, and completed his M.S. at NCSU, working on evaluating genotypic variation for response to a growth regulator, and screening diverse maize germplasm for sources of low protein content for metabolic patients. His Ph.D. research focuses on breeding heirloom corns and low protein specialty corns. email: mwsmith6@ncsu.edu

Nicole Choquette received her B.S. degree in earth, society, and environmental sustainability and her M.S. degree in Plant Biology from the University of Illinois. She is a Big 10 Conference track champion and won the Big 10 Distinguished Scholar award. Her Ph.D. project involves genomic selection for adaptation of tropical maize to temperate environments. email: nchoque@ncsu.edu

Eric Butoto received his B.S. degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University. He is working on an M.S. degree focused on genomic selection for resistance to Fusarium ear rot in maize. email: ebutoto@ncsu.edu

Destiny Tyson received her B.S. degree in Crop Science from NCSU. She is working on a Ph.D. focused on gene editing to speed adaptation of tropical maize to temperate environments. email: dntyson@ncsu.edu

Research Associates

Qiuyue Chen received her Ph.D. from China Agriculture University in the lab of Feng Tian. She was a post-doctoral researcher in comparative quantitative genetics of maize and its wild ancester, teosinte, in the lab of John Doebley at University of Wisconsin. She now is a research associate in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, continuing working on domestication quantitative genetics and inbreeding depression of maize and teosinte. She will also work on genotype-environment interactions and genomic prediction in collaboration with the maize Genomes to Fields Project. email: qchen29@csu.edu

Project Leader

Jim Holland is the project leader for the USDA corn breeding and genetics program at NCSU. He obtained a B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, an M.S. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Crop Science at NC State University. email: Jim.Holland@usda.gov

Project members through the years

Combined forces of Ruben and Jim’s pollinators, July 4, 2022

L-R: Ruthie, Nirwan, Fausto, Destiny, Hannah, Jim (with Mon Ami), Shannon, Jason, Danielle, Nicole, Eric, Cooper, Ruben

Team Corn, 2021

Team Corn, 2019

Team Corn, 2018

Team Corn, 2016

Team Corn, 2015

Team Corn special summer forces, 2014

Team Corn, 2013

Team Corn, 2012

Team Corn, 2010

Team Corn, 2008

Team Corn, 2007

Team Corn, 2005

Team Corn, 2003

 

Team Corn, 2001