Agronomist with a BS in Crop and Soils Sciences and a MS in Plant Physiology, with over 10 years of experience in Biotech-Ag Industry in various roles ranging from field work execution and supervision to project implementation and management. Field science work, technology and innovation enthusiast.
Soy and Corn Entomology
Soybean Crop and general breeding
Trait Efficacy Field trials
Regulated Transgenic traits
Field Experiment Design
Microsoft Office Proficient
Data collection app developing
Full Bilingual (Spanish/English)
DuPont Pioneer: Crop Trait Characterization and Development: 2010-2018
Senior Research Associate (Project Manager)
Implemented the Trait Characterization project in Puerto Rico from scratch. Accountable for all population development activities in partnership with Scientists in US and South America and local leaders.
Lead staff of permanent and temporary employees
Coordinate field experiments of several discovery and transgenic projects. Frequent field agronomic evaluations and trait efficacy measurements to assist with transgenic event characterization.
Execute trait efficacy trials, experiment design for best efficacy data, data collection app development, leaf damage scoring techniques, species collection for protein analysis.
Accountable for compliance of Regulatory Performance Standards and Stewardship of regulated transgenic materials and protocols.
Lean Six Sigma practices
Frequently audited by USDA and ISO 9000 parties with outstanding compliance record
Corrective Preventing Action (CAPA) execution
Manage workload and resources
DuPont Pioneer: Soybean Research and Development, Salinas: 2005 - 2009
Lead the Soybean Research and Development Program
Temporary and professional staff supervision for all activities from planting planning to harvest
Process improvement via LEAN Six Sigma
Safety Hazard and Environmental practices trained
Field data collection and management on company’s database
Managed Marker Assisted Sampling
Ensure compliance of Regulatory agencies
Operate harvest combines and threshers
Created and implemented Microsoft Access Plants Threshing databases
Created and implemented PDAs apps for field data collection
DuPont Pioneer: Soybean Research and development, Salinas PR: 2001 – 2005
Supervise soybean crossing activities and staff.
Coordinate daily activities from planting to harvest.
Field maps, field data, planting and harvest reports, herbicide screening
Field Pest and disease monitoring
Combine Harvest, Plant threshers
Seed drying, shelling and shipping
DuPont Pioneer: IPM and Diagnosis Laboratory, Salinas, PR: 2001
Conducted field scouting for pests identification and control
HOBO station monitoring
Perform tests in the Diagnostic Lab for pathogens identification
Report incidence of the different pests and pathogens
Agriculture Insurance Corporation of Puerto Rico: 2000– 2001
Conducted farm inspections in order to qualify farmers for an insurance coverage against natural disasters.
Evaluated the farm according to specific agronomic guidelines and specific characteristics for different crops
DuPont Pioneer: Backcross & Genetics Nurseries, Salinas PR: 1999 – 2000
Supervised field work in corn nurseries
Got experience in planting preparation, maps, pollination, experiment designs, marker assisted sampling, field data collection and record
Tropical Agriculture Research Service (T.A.R.S), Mayaguez, PR: 1998
Soybean Cyst Nematode project
oAssist Project for identification and monitoring of the SCN in the field for various soybean varieties.
Soil Analytical laboratory
oSoil samples lab analysis with Atomic Adsorption.
Tissue culture laboratory
oPerformed tissue culture for tropical crops
Master of Science: Plant Physiology, University of Illinois, Champaign
Bachelor of Science: Agronomy & Soil Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Certifications & Interests
Agronomist License 4114
Private pesticide license
Driver Cat 6 License
Fork lift driver
LEAN Six Sigma
Microsoft: (Excel, Access, Power Point)