Originally from suburban Iowa, Keo moved to the South for the few years before returning to the Midwest to attend Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Macalester’s tiny-tiny (but otherwise excellent) biology program provided a strong background in biology and piqued Keo’s interest in agriculture. Situated on about two city blocks, Macalester didn’t have much in the way of agricultural research (but we did have chickens!) so Keo bopped around to several different research labs and farm fields before eventually accepting a position in Julie Dawson’s lab at UW-Madison. Here, Keo studies methods of plant breeding suitable for peri-urban and organic agriculture. And also carrots. When not in the lab, Keo can be found on long, wandering rambles or else staring into the fridge, wondering what to cook next.