Stuart W. Gardner Research Scientist, DuPont Pioneer, IA, USA
Dr. Gardner received his BS in Forestry from the University of Maine in 1995 and his PhD in Statistics and Microbiology from Iowa State University (ISU) in 2010. Dr. Gardner served in the US Peace Corps in Nepal (1996-1998) and continued working in Nepal until 2000 in the environmental development field. At ISU, he worked in Small Grains Breeding developing QTL markers for oats (2001-2003) and then as Statistics Instructor (2003-2006). He has been a statistician at DuPont Pioneer since 2007 supporting breeding programs for maize, rice, canola, and sunflower. His expertise is in linear mixed spatial models and their application to field trials for breeding programs.