Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
University of California
Plant Breeding Academy

E-Series 1: Statistics & Experimental Design

Upcoming E-Series #1 Courses


Foundation level, designed for plant breeding, product development, agronomy and seed professionals working in all areas, this foundational course covers topics in descriptive statistics, data visualization, distributions, correlation, regression, comparison tests, replicated experimental designs CRD, RCBD, single location, single year analysis and trial quality. R demos are included.



May 2022 (Available Live in English only)

Early Registration price: $690 
Regular Registration price: $800


May 17 & 19, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific time zone (PDT)
Instructors: Jovan Djordjevic & Alexandra Tomerius
Early registration price available until May 10, 2022



November 2022 (Available in Spanish & Portuguese)

Early Registration price: $590 
Regular Registration price: $790

SPANISH: November 7 & 8, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific time zone (PDT)
Instructors (Originally taught in English): Jovan Djordjevic & Iago Hale
Early registration price available until January 28, 2022

PORTUGUESE: November 14 & 15, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific time zone (PDT)
Instructors (Originally taught in English): Jovan Djordjevic & Iago Hale
Early registration price available until February 4, 2022

This is a previously recorded course that has been interpreted to Spanish and Portuguese languages. This course is not available in English at this time. Lectures are pre-recorded, but instructors and interpreters will be live during the course to answer Q&A in respective language. 


Check back soon for our PBA E-Series course dates (English) in Spring 2023. 

Course Instructors

Alexandra Tomerius
While earning her doctorate at the University of Hohenheim, Dr. Alexandra Tomerius worked in close cooperation with private industry plant breeding companies. She further devoted herself to the optimization of plant breeding as a post-graduate through early work as a research associate and later work as a freelance consultant. She was involved in projects related to the optimization of breeding winter wheat (Lochow-Petkus GmbH) and winter oil seed rape (DSV Deutsche Saatveredelung, Lippstadt). Since 2011, she has been and still is working for different private companies as plant breeding consultant as well as giving training courses to academia and private industry in various fields of plant breeding, with a focus on statistics, field trial design and breeding scheme optimization.

Iago Hale
Dr. Iago Hale, an associate professor of specialty crop improvement at the University of New Hampshire, USA, is inspired by the potential of plant breeding to enhance health, rural livelihoods, food security, and ecosystem integrity.  After studying Physics (B.A.) at Dartmouth College and living and working internationally for a number of years, Dr. Hale attended the University of California - Davis, where he received his M.S. in International Agricultural Development and Ph.D. in Horticulture and Agronomy (Plant Breeding specialization).  His research activities are diverse and include breeding cold-hardy kiwiberry cultivars (Actinidia arguta) for the northeastern United States; pre-breeding (gene discovery and characterization) for rust resistance in wheat; and developing resources for the genome-assisted improvement of orphan and underutilized crops.  Dr. Hale has taught graduate-level courses on the design, analysis, and interpretation of experiments for more than 15 years and looks forward to working with both public and private plant breeders as they develop their programs through this academy.

Jovan Djordjevic
Jovan Djordjevic spent over 25 cumulative years with Monsanto, Limagrain and BASF Vegetable Seeds, where he was most recently director of their research and breeding teams and developed crop strategy (vegetable seeds) as BASF Vegetable's Global R and D Team Lead for breeding. An accomplished and experienced plant breeder, he brings a broad-based expertise in plant breeding research and development, including the application of new technologies in breeding, building innovation culture & teams, linking business and complex R and D activities, and building organizational strategies centered around customers and consumers. Jovan is passionate about plant breeding and research technologies contributing to world food production, in particular those that involve fewer detrimental environmental impacts.


Course Interpreters

Joelson Freitas
Joelson Freitas has over then 25 years experience in Vegetable Breeding and Seed Industry, most of them obtained as Onion breeder for Nunhems Brazil. He had a great experience working as Melon breeding Coordinator for Sakata after his first position as Scientific Research in a public sector (Epamig) -  where he devoted four years in Cotton and Tomato researches. He also coordinated a Tomato breeding project sponsored by CNPq and acted as Trainee and Seed Cooperator for HortiAgro and Pioneer seed companies. During these time he delivered Science, Services and Products for the Vegetable Seed Segment.

Joelson received his PhD in Plant Breeding by Lavras University and recently joined at Murray River Seed Company, for an amazing experience.

Juliana Osorio Marin
Juliana Osorio Marin received her B.Sc. in Agronomy Engineering in her home country, Colombia. After completing her degree, she moved to the States and received a M.Sc. in Crop Sciences from University of Arkansas with emphasis in Cotton Biotechnology, and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding with emphasis in Cotton Breeding from Texas A&M University. Following her grad studies, she moved to California and worked with Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, in Woodland CA, as Research Associate in the squash breeding team. Later on, in 2016, Dr. Juliana Osorio joined the spinach breeding program at UC Davis to help establish and managing the program along with Dr. Charlie Brummer and Dr. Allen Van Deynze. In early 2020 Dr. Osorio moved to Chile with her husband, and since then she has worked in several different programs in the country, mainly with walnuts and extension activities. She is very excited to have had the opportunity to translate and interpret some of the e-courses offer by the plant breeding academy, and looks forward to contributing with her experiences and knowledge in plant breeding both in the industry and academia.



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