Our Staff

Brandi Brandes

Kathleen Rhoades

Tree Crop Breeder
(608) 448-6432 ext. 236
Kathleen joined Savanna Institute as a Tree Crop Breeder in 2023. She earned her PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology from Michigan State University focusing on tart cherry genomics and breeding.

She grew up on a dairy goat farm in Upstate NY and fell in love with plant breeding as an undergraduate at Cornell University working for the Small Grains breeding project.

When she is not thinking about plants she may be found keeping bees or playing roller derby.