Advisor: Jonathan Fresnedo Ramirez
Research: Genetic characterization of black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) breeding germplasm
Matthew Willman is a Masters student in the department of Horticulture and Crop Science. His research goals include estimation of genetic effects and identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for important horticultural and fruit quality traits in black raspberry. Matthew’s work involves close collaboration with university and USDA researchers in Oregon, North Carolina, New York, and Ohio. He is currently analyzing phenotypic and genotypic data generated by these collaborators with the goal of characterizing and improving black raspberry breeding stock through the incorporation of wild germplasm. Matthew also maintains black raspberry germplasm at Ohio State which he is expanding through seed collection and propagation.
Matthew received his B.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and completed an internship at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell. His interest in plant science began in a restaurant kitchen, where he learned to cook using fine local ingredients before pursuing his bachelor’s degree. His work experience also includes apprenticeship and management in small-scale fruit and vegetable production systems for direct to consumer sales.