2019 National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) Borlaug Scholar Jordan Knapp-Wilson talks to Seed World’s Marc Zienkiewicz about how his frustration with a philosophy course and a subsequent road trip that left him stranded in Utah led to his love of plant breeding.

Knapp-Wilson works as a research scientist in Tucson, AZ where he also attends school. He collaborates with professors at the University of Arizona such as Duke Pauli, who does research on crops such as cotton and sorghum. Their goal is to examine USDA cotton data from the past 35 years to identify relationships of cotton improvement throughout time and production regions.