Brian Ward, Ph.D.
Plant Breeder & Geneticist
Hello – my name is Brian. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in science and medical writing, and a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics. Some people seem to think that following up a liberal arts undergraduate degree with a science career is an odd choice; I suppose I can’t blame them. Overall I’ve been quite happy with the path I’ve chosen, and would recommend it to others – though it might help to have a better plan at the outset than I did. The intent for this website is to collect some notes on things that have been helpful to me throughout graduate school and my subsequent career – an online lab notebook of sorts. I’ll mostly be touching on subjects like crop breeding and diversity, plant genetics, scientific writing, programming, and data and project management. I’m sure I will also periodically indulge in other interests, such as photography, travel, etc.