Predicting and assessing complex plant-environment interactions


Hannah Kinmonth-Schultz

Dr. Hannah Kinmonth-Schultz grew up in Hanover, WI. She attained her Associates degree at the University of Wisconsin – Rock County community college before graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Botany. She received her Master’s in Forestry with an emphasis on plant physiological ecology, and her PhD in Biology focusing on plant molecular biology, both at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is an established plant scientist with expertise in plant environmental perception and in what controls a plants’ transition to flowering. Hannah is also an enthusiastic educator and has worked with students in the K-12 system as well as at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has a specific focus in using teaching strategies that build transferable skills and improve critical thinking, and that improve confidence and resiliency in her students. At home, she enjoys doing creative and outdoor activities with her husband and two children.

Sarah Elliott

Hello, my name is Sarah Elliott. I am just starting my Master’s in Biology here at Tennessee Technological University. I grew up in South Haven Michigan on my family’s farm. I attained my Bachelor’s in Environmental Biology from Ferris State University. I have worked on other research projects for the University of Michigan State and North Dakota State University, where I found out I would like to do my own research project. I will be working with Dr. Kinmonth on the physiological and molecular responses of plants to climate change. In my free time I love to play volleyball and go on hikes. 

Katie Pabody

Hello, my name is Katie Pabody. I am starting my first year as a master’s student at Tennessee Technological University. I am originally from Ithaca, New York and obtained my bachelor’s degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Since then, I have spent the past couple of years moving around working as an invasive species and wildlife technician. Most recently, I was working as a Tern and Plover Monitoring Technician for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Riverdale, North Dakota. I am excited to work with Dr. Kinmonth to study biofuels using mixed feedstock and sharing our work with the local community. In my free time, I love exploring new places and eating good food.

Jamar Sullivan

Hello my name is Jamar Sullivan, and I am currently in my last semester as a Mathematics undergraduate here at Tennessee Technological University. I am originally from Tallahassee, Florida and attended Florida State University for a couple of years before transferring to TTU. My dream job position is to be a data analyst or statistician after I graduate. 

I began working underneath Dr. Kinmonth-Schultz at the beginning of the Spring 2023 Semester as a data analyst. Most of my time working with her has been spent performing analytics on a Wheat data set from Rossville, Kansas. The main goal of my studies is fitting a model that allows us to determine flowering time accurately, using various parameters such as weather, flowering genes, and carbohydrates. 

Emma Farley

Hi! My name is Emma Farley. I’m a Senior here at Tennessee Tech getting my undergraduate degree in Biology. I was born and mostly raised in Nashville, Tennessee where I currently live with my parents. I have a concentration in Environmental Biology that helps me gain a holistic perspective of how organisms interact with different aspects of their environment. I hope to use what I’ve learned here and continue to build on the pool of knowledge used to understand and mitigate the effects of climate change. 

Since Spring 2023, I have been assisting Dr. Kinmonth on her project analyzing the variation in vernalization responses of Arabidopsis thaliana populations in Norway. We hope to determine a relationship between different aspects of the climate and the flowering times based on data collected over a thirty-year period.