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Zachary Stansell

Horticulturist


Zachary Stansell

Industrial Hemp Curator

Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU)

zachary.stansell@usda.gov

Overview

I am a PGRU geneticist, horticulturalist, and curator of the PGRU Industrial Hemp Collection. Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) was historically a vital agronomic crop in the U.S. and has experienced a resurgence of interest in recent years. My goal is to conserve, maintain, increase valuable hemp germplasm, and ensure these resources are available for research, education, and cultivar development. We follow an interdisciplinary approach to better understand the genomic and phenomic variation within our collection and these results are used to facilitate germplasm utilization across a broad range of stakeholders. Currently, my research includes understanding the historical, current, and future status of hemp germplasm conservation, while addressing numerous bottlenecks within hemp improvement efforts.”

 Education

B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics (2008), College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Master’s in Environmental Science (2014), College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Ph.D. in Horticulture (2020), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY