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Anthony Wenndt

Anthony is a second year Ph.D. student in the field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology. He is interested in the biology and ecology of toxigenic fungi infecting crop plants and the impacts of mycotoxins on food security and nutrition. Before joining the research program of Rebecca J. Nelson at Cornell, Anthony received B.A. degrees in Biology and Russian Language with a concentration in Global Development Studies from Grinnell College. He has conducted research in the disciplines of plant pathology (USDA-ARS; University of Costa Rica), agricultural development (ICIPE; Mbita, Kenya), and land reform policy (United Nations FAO; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), with especial emphasis on the intersections of agriculture, policy, and society. Anthony plans to engage with smallholders in India to characterize the extent of mycotoxin contamination in village-level food systems, and to develop context-specific survey methodologies for sustainable, scalable mycotoxin management.