Marc Zienkiewicz chats with NAPB Borlaug Scholar Stephanie Sjoberg about her research on winter wheat and how Charles Darwin’s famous finches inspired her to breed plants. Interview conducted at the National Association of Plant Breeders 2019 meeting in Pine Mountain, Georgia, this week.

Sjoberg is a PhD candidate in Dr. Arron Carter’s winter wheat breeding program at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Her research focuses on understanding the genetic basis and relationship between preharvest sprouting and seedling emergence in winter wheat. She has received travel awards and invitations to present her research at several national conferences. Stephanie has led the organization of WSU’s Plant Science Symposium for three years.