Ian is a master’s student in the University of Florida’s Food and Resource Economics department. His research interests are sustainability, livestock, genetics, and the connections between agriculture and healthcare. He is currently researching the economic impact of Progressive Ataxia genes in Charolais cattle.
Growing up, Ian learned about agriculture while working for shepherds, tobacco farmers, and within research greenhouses in addition to working on his family’s farm. After receiving his education at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia, Ian worked for the Southern SARE program and UGA’s Office of Research before being recruited to the University of Florida Health Cancer Center. As a member of the research development team, Ian works on the Center’s complex grants and provides technical, administrative, and editorial support for investigators submitting cancer-related proposals and manuscripts. He helped the Center become the first NCI-designated center at a public university in Florida.