Gina Bledsoe, Ph.D.

Growing up in a small fishing community nestled in the estuaries of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, I have witnessed the environmental consequences of agriculture and industry. One of those problems is the Gulf Dead Zone which is fueled by chemical fertilizer use in agriculture. The desire to help my community, led me to graduate school to study microbial ecology. Why? Because microbes are truly amazing organisms that rival humans in their ability to manipulate the environment and by harnessing their abilities, we can improve human systems. One of those microbial abilities is plant growth promotion which makes bioinoculants a key component in reducing agriculture dependence on chemical fertilizers. I was drawn to NewLeaf Symbiotics because here I have the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of scientists and use my microbiology skills to make a real difference in improving the sustainability of agriculture not just for farmers or my community but for everyone. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cultivating mushrooms, growing native plants, hiking and foraging, trying new foods and brews with my partner, and lazy caturdays with my kitty.