Teresa Gaus - Plant and Soil Science
I completed a Master of Science program in Plant, Soil, and Environmental at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX August 2010. I graduated May 9, 2008 from Southern Arkansas University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Science, and a minor in Plant Science. I am originally from Beaumont, TX (Gulf Coast region) and grew up showing animals and competing in horse shows. I showed pigs since middle school, and once in high school I competed in the San Antonio Livestock Show and Exposition calf scramble and caught a calf, which got me involved in the cattle industry.
In August 2010 I began working toward a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in the Plant and Soil Science Department with an emphasis in Crop Science, specifically Plant Breeding. Dr. Wenwei Xu is my major advisor. My research focus is evaluating teosinte derived lines and testcrosses for drought, aflatoxin, and fumonisin tolerance through allelic diversity.
I am a recipient of The CH Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. Upon completing a Ph.D., my short term career goal is to work for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. as a plant breeder. My goal includes working with other plant breeders to identify unique sources of drought and fumonisin tolerance and enhancing agronomics and yield potential in corn hybrids. My long term career goal is to become a lead plant breeder or research director within Pioneer, and perhaps teach at the university level.