Jeff Dahlberg


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  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    plant breeding, sorghum, germplasm, drought, forage, food

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    As a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1980, I was interested in food production systems in Africa and this led me to pursue an MS and Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Sorghum, because it is an ancient old world crop that feeds over 500 million of the most vulnerable farmers in the world. It is drought tolerant and grows under harsh agricultural conditions, but has tremendous yield potential.

  • Profile Question 3
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Find something you are truly passionate about and pursue it, learn about it, explore it, study it, become an expert in it and make a difference!

  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

Recent Posts

Sorghum Jeff Dahlberg

Have you determined what plant foods you want to look at? Also, how will you store these? Are you still looking at how different light/color impact storage?

Sorghum Jeff Dahlberg

Hi everyone. My name is Jeff Dahlberg and I'm the Director of the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, California. My speciality crop is sorghum, an old world cereal that is grown around the world and used primarily to…

The Germinators Jeff Dahlberg

This was really good work. You asked questions, designed an experiment to address those questions, then made observations and reported on them. As with most scientific research, you also came up with additional questions to ask. I'm glad that…


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