Edward S. Buckler
He began his career studying molecular evolution and archaeology, which got him interested in using diversity to improve crops and increase sustainability. Dr. Buckler developed association mapping approaches to pinpoint genes and find natural variation controlling many maize traits. His group has also developed a wide range of big data, bioinformatic, and molecular tools that have been used to characterize and tap diversity in over 1,500 species. Currently, his group is developing approaches to use multiple sources of biological knowledge to predict and model crop growth. Dr. Buckler has numerous leadership positions within the crop genetics community and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.