If you weren’t working at WVU, what’s the most likely alternative?
I’d still be working at a greenhouse or hopefully managing my own. But, I do like working with the faculty and staff here at WVU.
Moment you knew what you wanted to study:
I’d say it was my sophomore year, I was actually in school for animal science and then I took a plant class called People and Plants. I discovered a whole new avenue of agriculture that I didn’t know about. There were a lot of things I didn’t know about plants that I do know now, and I just want to know more. So curiosity really is what turned me toward horticulture.
Favorite part of social distancing:
That’s a hard one. There are a lot of things I don’t like about social distancing! I guess my favorite part would be the connection. I’m starting to get a lot more responses from people a lot sooner. Before, everyone was really busy doing their stuff. Now that research is kind of on hold, it’s a lot easier to connect with everybody.
Least favorite part of social distancing:
My least favorite part is just the empty rooms; all these projects are just sitting and waiting. I feel bad for the graduate students that had their research they had just started, and then they had to leave everything behind.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Oh, West Virginia. It’s home.
Just for Fun
Favorite book: The Secret Garden
Favorite movie/tv show: The Office
Favorite Spotify playlist/band/song: Bon Jovi
Favorite local restaurant: The Boston Beanery
Favorite local activity: Paddleboarding on the Cheat River