mjfeldmann@ucdavis.eduDSCN0004

BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; University of Arizona

PhD; expected 2020

Feldmann CV

During his time at the University of Arizona, he studied reverse genetics in the model organism, Arabidopsis thaliana, with Dr. Ken Feldmann and Dr. Frans Tax. His research laid out ongoing studies looking for novel germination phenotypes in confirmed knock out and over expression mutant lines under various environmental and nutrient stresses.

With Dr. Noah Whiteman, he studied the genetic evolution of the insect herbivores, Scaptomyza flava, as they adapt to and interact with different plant hosts and environmental conditions. The interactions between these species are possibly the driving force behind adaptive genetic variation, as different insect morphs allow for variable fitness. The fitness capabilities are related to genetically determined phenotypes that can be traced through generations. He also worked on a genome wide association study aimed to elucidate the genetic architecture of plant traits in A. thaliana affecting several insect herbivore phenotypes.

He started his PhD program at the University of California, Davis in September of 2015 with Dr. Knapp in the graduate group of Horticulture and Agronomy. His research interests include the analysis of quantitative traits, genomic selection and prediction, and the enablement of genomic/genetic based breeding methods in the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa). Mitchell is learning how to tackle the complex issues involved with breeding high ploidy species with the aim to move them into less developed systems.