Research Interests (300 words)
Amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus L. and Amaranthus tricolor L.) is an ancient crop in which scientific and commercial interest has recently been renewed. Amaranth has advantages of being a protein rich C4 pseudo-cereal that can be adapted to cultivation in a wide range of environments, with good tolerance of drought and salinity. It also has superior water use efficiency compared to many other C3 and C4 crops. It naturally produces betalains, which may contribute to their agronomic and nutritional advantages. I am using existing genetic and genomic resources to build new resources, and to contribute to our understanding of the biology and to improve production of this economically important crop.