Anita is a Ph.D. student in the department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest management, where she also works in the weed science field.
Originally, Anita is from a small town close to Düsseldorf in Germany. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Ecological Impact Assessment from the University of Koblenz in Germany. During her studies, she developed an interest in the interactions of synthetic chemicals and biological organisms. Anita continued on to work for her master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry and Health at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and wrote her thesis at the University of California, Riverside in the field of aquatic toxicology. Many of her research projects have allowed her to travel to fascinating places like Ecuador, Rwanda and Greenland. Just last year Anita moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to continue her education here at Colorado State University.
Anita’s current research focuses on the evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds. She is specifically investigating the mechanisms of resistance in Indian hedge mustard and Palmer amaranth which cause yield reductions due to crop competition in Australia and the U.S., respectively. Her project aims to find candidate genes that are involved in conferring herbicide resistance with the goal to optimize weed management practices and minimize economic losses for farmers.