Ace Pugh, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Duke Pauli’s laboratory in the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona. Ace’s primary research interest is high-throughput phenotyping of economically important crop species, particularly through the use of unoccupied aerial systems (UAS), or drones.

Ace earned his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. William L. Rooney in the Sorghum Breeding Program at Texas A&M University. His work involved the use of UAS to phenotype several important characteristics of sorghum including plant height, anthracnose disease presence and severity, and biomass yield. In addition, he worked on a project that used proximal sensing of the soil to investigate spatial variation in sorghum trials.

As a postdoctoral associate, Ace is researching the optimization of georeferencing methods for UAS studies, phenotyping methodologies for drought stress in lettuce, efficient methods of phenotyping important traits in cotton, and more.

Career Status:
Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Genetics, Phenomics


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Current Affiliations
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