I am a first year PhD student at Texas A&M University. I graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 2017 with a B.A. in Biology. I then went to Illinois State University where I completed a M.S. in plant ecology in 2021 under the direction of Dr. Victoria Borowicz with a thesis titled “In Defense of Plants: Salicylic Acid in a Host-Parasite-Pathogen System.” During which time I completed a graduate certificate in geographic information systems.
I am interested in the ecological factors impacting pathogenesis, especially as it relates to spatial patterns of pathogen interaction in both agricultural and natural settings. In the Chappell lab, I have been working on characterizing the environment around cotton fleahopper collection sites to determine if the land use in areas surrounding fleahopper populations impacts the abundance of fleahoppers.
Tim Martin officially joined the Chappell Lab in January 2022. He comes to us from Illinois State University, where he got his master’s degree in Biology, studying plant ecology with Dr. Victoria Borowicz in 2021.