Major Professor: Dr. Jeff Hoy
M.S. in Plant Pathology, Louisiana State University, 2014-Present
B.A. in Biology, Hendrix College, Class of 2014
Area of Research:
My research focuses on understanding the composition of the microbial community in the soil closely associated with the roots of sugarcane grown in Louisiana. Previous research has described yield decline as a condition of soils continuously cultivating sugarcane. These soils have less overall biological activity and contain biotic factors that limit yields. The goal of this project is to understand how this microbial community changes with continuous sugarcane cultivation using metagenomics and other tools.
Sampling Local Fungal Diversity in an Undergraduate Laboratory Using DNA Barcoding.
Harrington, A.H., A.F. Bigott, B.W. Anderson, M.J. Boone, S.M. Brick, J.F. del Sol, C.A. Hotchkiss, R.A. Huddleston, E.H. Kasper, J.J. McGrady, M.L. McKinnie, M.V. Ottenlips, N.E. Skinner, K.C. Spatz, A.J. Steinberg, F. van den Broek, C.N. Wilson, A.M. Wofford and A.M. Willyard. 2015. Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science 68: in press.
A set of Plastid Loci for use in Multiplex Fragment Length Genotyping for Intraspecific Variation in Pinus (Pinaceae)
Austin M. Wofford , Kristen Finch , Adam Bigott , and Ann Willyard. 2014. Botanical Society of America’s Applications in Plant Sciences, 2(5).
Botany 2012 in Columbus, Ohio - Presented Poster “Examining the Uniqueness of the Sky Islands Pines Using Species Delimitation”
Posters at the Capital (2013) in Little Rock, Arkansas - Presented Poster “Examining the Uniqueness of the Sky Islands Pines Using Species Delimitation”
Arkansas Academy of Science (2013) in Little Rock, Arkansas - Oral Presentation “Examining the Uniqueness of the Sky Islands Pines Using Species Delimitation”
Botany 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana - Oral Presentation “Partitioning Pines: Drawing Species Lines for the Broadly Described Pinus ponderosa”. Video presentation available online at: http://youtu.be/FWvlmCW_5P4
Beta Beta Beta South Central Regional Convention (2014) in Edmonton, Oklahoma. “Partitioning Pines: Drawing Species Lines for the Broadly Described Pinus ponderosa”
Frank G. Brooks Award for 1st Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation at Beta Beta Beta South Central Regional Convention (2014)
2nd Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation in Natural Sciences at Arkansas Academy of Science (2013)
Arkansas Academy of Science Undergraduate Research Grant (2012). Title: Examining the Uniqueness of the Sky Island Pines. PI: Dr. Ann Willyard, Hendrix College. Awarded $500 for laboratory supplies and DNA sequencing
Beta Beta Beta Biological Society Undergraduate Research Grant (2013). Title: Searching for Cryptic Species: Development and Application of PCR Primers for Nuclear Simple Sequence Repeats in Pinus ponderosa. PI: Dr. Ann Willyard, Hendrix College. Awarded 525$ for laboratory supplies and DNA sequencing