MS’94 PhD’94 Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics
John Navazio is a senior scientist with the nonprofit Organic Seed Alliance, which seeks to promote the ethical development of genetic research within the seed industry. He’s also an Extension specialist with Washington State University. Both positions entail training farmers and students in organic seed production and in participatory, on-farm plant breeding. Navazio works in partnership with farmers and students to develop crop varieties that have been adapted to resist environmental stresses. His work also aims to improve vegetable crop varieties in terms of nutrition, texture, and heat and drought resistance. In his spare time Navazio plays guitar for The Pheromones, a rock band that plays local barn dances and organic farming conferences.