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I grew up surrounded by agriculture in Newburg, Pennsylvania. Since then, I have studied many subjects pertaining to horticulture and forestry. I received my baccalaureate degree in Horticulture (Science Option) from Penn State, with minors in Plant Pathology, Sustainable Leadership, and Biology. As a member of the Schreyer Honor's College, I completed an honor's thesis focused on Integrated Pest Management of Moringa oleifera. I also received my Master's degree in Plant Pathology and International Agriculture and Development at Penn State. My M.S. program was heavily rooted in Extension and used a combination of field trials, laboratory assays, and molecular techniques to evaluate management strategies for bacterial rots of onion. Through my M.S. program, work experience and outreach activities, I have grown to love applied research, diagnostics and teaching. I am currently working as a Diagnostician at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
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jrd5407@psu.edu