I am Mara, welcome to my website.

I am a plant variety intellectual property professional with a research background in plant science and experience in germplasm collection and management. I hold a Master of Science in Plant Biology and a Master of Business and Science in Global Agriculture both from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. My graduate research was focused on African Indigenous Vegetables and exploring roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) as an ultra-niche crop for New Jersey. I am passionate about food security, specifically, the role seed systems and germplasm resources play in creating sustainable agriculture systems.