The Biofortified Blog is written by a team of editors, regular contributors, and guests authors. Read more about them below. If you would like to contribute to the blog, read about it here and contact us here. The strength of the discussions we hold on the blog depend on the diversity of expertise, perspectives, and backgrounds of our contributors.

Executive Editors:

Karl Haro von Mogel is a Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics at UW-Madison. In addition to his research on the genetics of sweet corn, he is also studying science communication and is working on several media projects about plant breeding. He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Genetics at UC Davis, where he also wrote a science newspaper column and started a science radio show that aired for 4 years.

Anastasia Bodnar  has a PhD in genetics with a minor in sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University. Her favorite produce is artichokes! Learn more about Anastasia at Disclaimer: Anastasia’s words are her own and views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of her employer(s).


Pam Ronald, PhD. Pamela Ronald is Professor of Plant Pathology and Chair of the Plant Genomics Program at the University of California, Davis, where she studies the role that genes play in a plant’s response to its environment. Her research focuses on the genetics of rice. With her husband, she co-wrote Tomorrow’s Table, a book about including genetic engineering into organic agricultural systems. She writes at Science Blogs.

David Tribe, Ph.D. is an applied geneticist with a faculty position in an Australian University, teaching microbiology and food science. He is involved with helping the Australian farming community get access to choices about technology. He also writes the blog, GMO Pundit.

Contributing Authors:

Steve Savage is an agricultural scientist (plant pathology) with >30 years of experience in agricultural technology. He has worked for Colorado State University, DuPont (fungicide development), Mycogen (biocontrol development), and for the past 13 years as an independent. He also has a little vineyard in his back yard near San Diego.

Joe Ballenger is an entomology Master’s student at a university somewhere in the Southern US. In his spare time he…well, he’s a graduate student and this is pretty much his only hobby. One day far in the future, Joe hopes to be able to study insect evolution and use evolutionary biology to create better management techniques for pests of all shapes and sizes.

Cody Cobb is a first year Ph.D. student in plant biology & pathology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He has lived his entire life previous to this point in Texas and is currently enjoying his first autumn. He feels he should mention that his earliest desktop PC was an Acer.  So is his ‘mustache.’

Matt DiLeo, Ph.D. is a postdoc at the Boyce Thompson Institute, where he studies unintended side effects of genetic engineering.  In his previous life, he worked in a forest pathology lab at UC Davis.  He also writes at The Scientist Gardener.

James Schnable is working on his PhD in Plant Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s interested in plants, farming, saving the world through agriculture, the usual. For more about James, see his bio or visit his blog James and the Giant Corn.

Guest Authors:

Raoul Adamchak is co-author of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food”. He has grown organic crops for twenty years. He has served as a member and president of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Board of Directors and inspected over one hundred organic farms for CCOF. He now works at the UC, Davis Student Farm, where he teaches organic production practices and manages a five-acre market garden.

Sarah Bione-Dunn is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Alliant International University. She expects her degree in June, 2010.

Rob Hebert is a student at Georgetown Law. Before moving to DC, he lived in Brooklyn, NY, just blocks from a bar that had over twenty-five beers on tap and thirty arcade machines that all played for a quarter. He can draw you a pretty interesting graph relating “Drinks Consumed” to “Last Score on Pac-Man.”

Melinda Yerka, Ph.D. graduated from the Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics program at UW-Madison. When she’s not growing weeds in the greenhouse for her research, she’s plucking weeds in her organic community garden plots.

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