Logan grew up on a mixed farming operation south of Kinsella, Alberta, where his family farms 1,500 acres of cash crops and raises rodeo stock for the Professional Bull Riders circuit. Logan completed his B. Sc. in Botany at the University of Calgary while competing on the Dinos baseball team. Following graduation, Logan worked as a Crop Production Advisor for Crop Production Services in Killam, Alberta. Currently, Logan is a 3rd year Ph. D. student working in Dr Marcus Samuel’s lab at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on pod development in Canola, and ways to mitigate pod shatter using genetic technologies. His other research focuses on the biotechnological use of gene editing and mutagenesis to develop new traits in Canola.
Logan hopes to develop a new network of industrial contacts during his time in the Advancing Ag program. Upon graduation, he will be considering postdoctoral opportunities in the agriculture research and development sector to gain further experience. His goal is to one day own his own biotech company which focuses on improving crop yield through genetic technologies. The Advancing Ag program will also offer great opportunities to gain insight from industry professionals on regulatory practices and intellectual property. One major goal Logan has set during his time in the Advancing Ag program is to present his research to other professionals in the Canola industry.
In his spare time, Logan likes to help on the family farm, especially during harvest. During the summer, Logan plays baseball for the Calgary Dukes and enjoys fishing. Logan also volunteers with the Classroom Agriculture Program in Calgary and runs an educational website that explores the science behind genetically modified crops.