Research Team

Collage of various research team members

Principle Investigators

Dil Thavarajah
Principle Investigator & Project Director
Lead Investigator for Organic Field Pea Biofortification 
Faculty Profile | Google Scholar

Rick Boyles
Research Scientist, Cereal Grains Breeding & Genetics
Co-Principle Investigator
Lead Investigator for Organic Sorghum Biofortification
Faculty Profile | Program Website

Senior Advisory

Stephen Kresovich
Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Endowed Chair of Genetics
Lead Genomic & Translational Experiments

Faculty Profile | Group Website
Google Scholar | Research Gate

Rebecca McGee
Pulse Breeder & Research Geneticist (Plants)
Lead Field Pea Breeding 

Emerson Shipe
Emeritus Professor of Agronomy & Plant Breeder
Field Pea Breeding
Research Gate

Shiv Kumar Agrawal
Pulse Breeder at The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
Field Pea Breeding
Research Gate

Advisory Committee Members

Todd Scholz
USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council -Vice President of Research & Member Services

Gerald F. Combs, Jr
Senior Scientist, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University
Professor of NutritionEmeritus, Cornell University
Program Website

Glenn Roberts
President & CEO, Anson Mills, LLC
President, The Carolina Gold Rice Foundation


Tony Melton
Area County Extension Agent
Oversee On-Farm Extension Education Activities

Denise Attaway
PSA Communications
Oversee Extension Education & Communication Activities

Field & Lab Team

Brad Stancil
Director of SC Crop Improvement Association &
SC OVT Coordinator
Lead/Facilitate Planting, Production & Harvest
Crop Improvement Page | OVT Website

David Robb
Clemson Organic Farm Manager
Manage & Maintain Fields

Tristan Lawrence
Research Associate & Field Technician
Manage & Evaluate Field Pea Trials
Website Administrator

Adam Kay pictureAdam Kay
Laboratory Technician
Quality Assessment

Ryan Holmes
Ag Research Associate

William Caughman
Ag Research Associate


Sarah Powers
PhD Student
Field Pea

AJ Ackerman
PhD Student

nathan_johnson_headshot.jpgNathan Johnson
PhD Student
Field Pea

boone_jones_pic.jpgBoone Jones
Field Pea