Dobbels captures second for Science in Seconds

Austin Dobbels was awarded second place at the Science in Seconds held June 1. Modeled after the well know 3 minute thesis competition - graduate students have 3 minutes and 1 slide to present their research in clear and concise terms that non-scientists can understand.  The event was hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine in conjunction with the College of Biological Sciences and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Associate Dean for Graduate Programs Mark Rutherford provided all the necessary support from coordinating judges to connecting with the CBS and CFANS associate deans. 

Dobbels is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and advised by Aaron Lorenz. He is a United Soybean Board Fellow with research focused in the area of soybean breeding and genetics. Austin grew up on a farm in Illinois and received his bachelor of science in both Agricultural Biochemistry and Agronomy from Iowa State University (2013). He then earned his master of science in Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics at the University of Minnesota (2016). He is currently in his second year of his doctorate and is researching ways in which unmanned aerial vehicles can improve the efficiency and accuracy of phenotyping desirable soybean traits such as tolerance to soybean iron deficiency chlorosis, a major soybean abiotic stress. He hopes to utilize new technologies to improve breeding programs and ultimately help develop improved soybean varieties.