Dr. Donna Shaw currently serves as the Administrative Officer for the Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville, MS. She began her career with ARS-Poplarville in 1994 as a Biological Science Technician. While employed with ARS, Donna finished her B.S. degree in Environmental Biology and later her M.S. in Environmental Biology and PhD in Biological Science. Donna also served as a Cat 3 Support Scientist (Horticulturist) for the Genetics Team at the Poplarville location.
Over the years, Donna had become very interested in the business workings of the Location. She routinely volunteered to help with many aspects of Location Support such as serving as requisitioner for IAS, Location Safety Officer, EMS Coordinator, and Secretary of the Poplarville Employee Benefit Association.
Donna has written and co-written many peer-reviewed manuscripts and has made numerous oral presentations at local, regional, national and international research meetings. She is well respected by the blueberry grower community, small fruit researchers, and fellow employees at the Location. Donna brings a unique aspect to the AO position, having a firm knowledge of the research programs and the business side of the Location.