RESEARCH

A farmer’s son walks out to his mothers plot at the Kasisi Agricultural Training Center in Zambia

Indian Red Roselle Leaves

I have recently graduated from the Master of Business and Science Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The MBS program combines business classes with concentration specific science courses to  provide students with the necessary business acumen, entrepreneurial skills, and know how to translate scientific and technological ideas into profitable products and services (see MBS website). My concentration in Global Agriculture included courses on Agriculture Development, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Politics of Food Insecurity, Science Communication and Plant Biology.

 

Thai Red Roselle variety

I am recently finished my second Master’s degree in Plant Biology at Rutgers in October 2018. My research focused on the quantification of nutrition and yield of several varieties of roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) for use by smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and for ethnic crop markets in North-Eastern United States.By promoting African Indigenous Vegetables with cultural significance and climate tolerance we are able to reduce agricultural inputs and increase the availability of fresh nutritious vegetables.

 

 

For more information please visit Rutgers’ Lab for New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products.


 

In 2017, I was selected to attend the Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security at Purdue University. The Borlaug Summer Institute was a 2-week long program for graduate students to develop a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges of food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world issues.

At the end of the program our teams presented our own solutions to our assigned countries food security issues. I was on team Liberia and below is our solution video. After the Institute we entered our video into the National Geographic Chasing Genius Competition and was selected as a finalist in the People’s Choice Competition.


Samples of my work:

I am passionate about science communication through images, info-graphics and videos.

 


Website Development:

I have had the opportunity to develop and populate several websites (using WordPress) including:

Princeton Hook & Ladder Company

New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Lab (Rutgers University)

Art of Paradon (Artist: Jim Sanders)

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