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Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin

Science Editor


MSc in Crop Science, 2011. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
BSc in Horticulture Science, 2001. Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado. Cum laude.


Science Editor, Plant Editors. (2015-present). Edit manuscripts for non-native English speakers in the field of plant biology with respect to proper English and grammar, presentation of scientific content, clarity, and presentation for a broad readership.
Agronomic Information Specialist, Monsanto Company. (2013-present). Research and write agricultural content highlighting agronomic issues and sustainable agriculture solutions. Summarize research trials.
Research Technician, Argonne National Laboratory. (2007-2013). Characterized soil mycorrhizal fungal populations via analysis of fungal phospholipid fatty acids.
Research Associate, Chromatin Inc. (2004-2007 and 2011-2012). Analyzed the integrity of artificial plant mini-chromosomes in transformed crops via Southern blot assays, fluorescence in situ hybridization assays, and PCR.
Graduate Researcher, Ball Horticultural Company. (2011). Worked with other researchers to develop a polyploidy induction program to enhance flowers and foliage of floriculture crops.
Biological Science Laboratory Technician, United States Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Research Service – Subtropical Horticulture Research Station. (2001-2004). Performed genotyping and gene expression analysis to identify genes conferring resistance to several economically important diseases of tropical crops.
Biological Science Laboratory Assistant, United States Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Research Service – National Seed Storage Laboratory. (2000-2001). Assisted with a research project to cryopreserve meristematic tissues of crops with recalcitrant seeds.
Student Researcher, Colorado State University Horticulture Research Laboratory. (2000). Performed clonal preservation of fruit and floriculture crops.
Greenhouse Volunteer, Garfield Park Conservatory. (2008-2010). Assisted in the maintenance of plants in the propagation greenhouse. Duties included pest identification, monitoring of insect densities, pruning of stock plants, and rooting of cuttings.


Martin, C.A., Burr, C., and Olson, B. 2015. Irrigation Handbook for the Great Plains. Monsanto Company.
Carlson, S.R., Rudgers, G.W., Zieler, H., Mach, J.M., Luo, S., Grunden, E., Krol, C., Copenhaver, G.P., and Preuss, D. 2007. Meiotic transmission of an in vitro-assembled autonomous maize mini-chromosome. PLoS Genet. 3(10): e179.
Brown, S.J., Phillips-Mora, W., Power, E.J., Krol, C., Cervantes-Martinez, C., Motamayor, J.C., and Schnell, R.J. 2007. Mapping QTLs for resistance to frosty pod and black pod diseases and horticultural traits in Theobroma cacao L. Crop Sci. 47:1851-1858.
Schnell, R.J., Brown, S.J., Olano, C.T., Power, E.J., Krol, C.A., Kuhn, D.N., and Motamayor, J.C. 2003. Evaluation of avocado germplasm using microsatellite markers. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 128(6):881-889.