Tanner joined the Iowa State team in the Fall of 2018 with the IPB and the Predictive Plant Phenomics programs after graduating from Buena Vista University in northwest Iowa. At BVU, Tanner worked on several research projects including an international collaboration on Sub-Antarctic mosses. Tanner also worked a year with the National Forest Service where his merit was recognized for substantial contributions to the broad public interest through research on short rotation woody crops and their use in phytotechnologies. Currently, Tanner is working to develop a high-throughput meiosis induction analysis tool in Dr. Thomas Lubberstedt's lab. This project is a part of the larger in vitro nursery system that is being studied in the lab as a potential way to increase genetic gain.