B.S. Colorado State University, Evolutionary Biology
M.S. Colorado State University, Botany
Ph.D. Colorado State University, Bioagricultural Sciences, Weed Science
Dr. Patterson's research program utilizes the most current techniques in genomics to understand the structure and plasticity of weedy genomes and how that plasticity influences the success of weedy species. He is especially interested in how genome rearrangements (i.e. transposable elements and copy number variation) form and are utilized as novel sources of genetic variation for weed adaptation to abiotic stresses. He also works on herbicides and how they affect plant physiology and how resistance evolves on rapid timescales in weedy species.
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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Hello! I am a second year undergraduate student here at MSU. My major is biochemistry/biotechnology with a minor in agronomy. I joined the lab to gain experience early on and help build connections that will be needed later on in my journey. I hope to eventually work on a biofuel to replace fossil fuels but for now I am learning the basics. Outside of the lab I go to the gym, I read books, play video games, watch copious amounts of anime and hang out with friends.
Hi! I am senior undergraduate student at MSU studying horticulture. currently i am working on a project to see if the herbicide damage can be measured by chlorophyll fluorescence. I mostly work in fields and greenhouse, and also help in wet lab stuff in lab. I am really interested in insects, especially parasitoids. I also volunteered at the MSU insect taxonomy lab. I collect insects for them, for long term storage. I also do there identification and taxonomic classification. I have a very cool insect box, and adds my new findings to it whenever i get a chance. Outside the lab i like to go on walks, gym, eat jimmy john's and watch movies. I am also a member of reading club, and we go out every other week.