People


Our Team

Dr. Eric Olson

Assistant Professor

• Ph.D. – Kansas State University
• M.S. – North Carolina State University
• B.S. – University of Wisconsin – Platteville
• email: eolson@msu.edu


Dennis Pennington

Wheat Systems Specialist

• M.S. – Crop and Soil Science, Michigan State University
• B.S. – Crop and Soil Science, Michigan State University
• email: pennin34@msu.edu



Amanda Noble

Research Assistant II

• M.S. – Crop Science, North Carolina State University
• B.S. – Plant and Soil Sciences, North Carolina State University
• email: nobleam1@msu.edu


Sammy Mitchell

Professional Aide

B.S. – Agricultural Education, Michigan State University
email: mitch859@msu.edu


Amelia Orr

Professional Aide

• B.S. – Microbiology, Michigan State University
email: orrameli@msu.edu


Jordan Parrish

Professional Aide

email: parris74@msu.edu


Current Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Jhon Concepcion

Ph.D Graduate Research Assistant

B.S. – Biology, Central Luzon State University
email: concep10@msu.edu


Tommy Reck

M.S. Graduate Research Assistant

B.S. – Agricultural Education, Utah State University
email: reckwill@msu.edu


Libby Ross

M.S. Graduate Research Assistant

• B.S. – Biotechnology, Ferris State University
• email: rosseli5@msu.edu


Sadie Finegan

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Aaron Newberry

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Mattie Pennington

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lillian Wierenga

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Former Graduate Students

Dr. Linda Brown

• Ph.D. – Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, Michigan State University
B.S. – Agronomy, Iowa State University


Jeff Kovach

• M.S. – Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, Michigan State University
B.S. – Molecular Genetics, Ohio State University


Selena Lopez

• M.S. – Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, Michigan State University
B.S. – Plant Science, University of Minnesota


Jon Turkus

• M.S. – Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, Michigan State University
• B.S. – Biology, Hope College


Dr. Andrew Wiersma

• Ph.D. – Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, Michigan State University
• M.S. – Weed Science, Colorado State University
• B.S. – Plant Biology, Calvin College


Melissa Winchester

• M.S. – Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, Michigan State University
• B.S. – Biology, Aquinas College