School: Trident High School
University: Waikato University, 3 years attended
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (tech) Majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Minoring in Ecology and Biodiversity 2017-2020
Postgraduate Degree: MSc (Research) - Molecular and Cellular Biology 2021-2022
Research: I have been awarded a DairyNZ Masters Scholarship to undertake a Master’s of Science Research exploring the microbiome of ryegrass. I wish to explore beneficial microbial relationships which could be used to help improve the pasture persistence of perennial ryegrasses for New Zealand farmers. The hypothesis is that ryegrass genotypes differ in their ability to form associations with beneficial soil microbes (e.g. fungi, archaea) and that this affects their ability to survive over many years of drought and other stresses.
Future plans: One of my ultimate goals in my career is to use my future research to one day give back to the dairy industry that has always supported myself and my family. I aim to help keep the New Zealand dairy industry moving along a sustainable environmental path.