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Samantha Snodgrass

Samantha Snodgrass

  • Graduate Assistant
  • Ecology Evolution & Organismal Biol
Samantha Snodgrass studies the genetic models of hybrid vigor and genome evolution across the genus Zea under Dr. Matthew Hufford. By understanding how evolutionary and population dynamics have affected the genome structure of maize and its wild relatives, and then relate those processes to phenotype, this research will provide important foundational information to plant domestication which can be used to improve existing crops or accelerate domestication of wild plants or orphan crops.

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251 Bessey
2200 Osborn Dr.
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  • B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies, Grinnell College, 2016

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Samantha Snodgrass started research at Grinnell College studying urban stormwater dynamics and sustainable landscaping to inform the redesigning of the College’s master landscape plan. She also conducted research at Iowa State University on the relationship between genome and cell size in cotton. Both of these experiences inspired her to pursue plant sciences. After graduating in 2016 with her bachelor's degree in biology and environmental studies, Samantha worked as a field botany technician for the Alaska Bureau of Land Management through the Conservation Land Management Internship program run through the Chicago Botanical Garden. She then returned to Grinnell College to work as a post-baccalaureate fellow for the Partners In Education program, which aims to reduce the number of first year dropouts through peer mentorship and academic support. This opportunity and previous teaching experience affirmed her desire to teach at the collegiate level. Samantha is currently a PhD candidate in Dr. Matthew Hufford’s lab at Iowa State University. She is also a trainee of the NSF-NRT Predictive Plant Phenomics (follow us on Twitter @p3iastate) and an NSF GRFP fellow. When not tending to maize plants or navigating the command line, Samantha tends to her orchid collection or makes art.