Michael's nontraditional path to horticulture allows him to use technology while working outdoors

An advanced degree in horticulture allows Michael to blend his love of horticulture with his background in remote sensing and data analysis.

Michael Metiva is working on his M.S. in Horticulture with research focused on applications of drone imagery in vegetable crop production. He earned B.S. degrees in physics and economics from Michigan State University prior to graduate school in horticulture.

Why did you choose Horticulture as your advanced degree?
Throughout my first few working years, I learned that the jobs I enjoyed the most involved working outside and creating tangible results. I inadvertently discovered an ideal combination of these factors when a physics assistantship ended halfway through the summer and I had to find another job. I ended up working as an undergraduate research assistant in weed science, and from then on I was hooked. After finishing my undergraduate degrees, I knew getting an advanced degree in Horticulture would allow me to continue doing the type of work that I love (and learn to grow good food!)

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