Ryan Bartelme holds an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he studied dimorphic fungal pathogenesis. After undergrad, he spent some time in academic support roles, as well as in the urban agriculture industry. Ryan completed an interdisciplinary PhD in Freshwater Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. His doctoral work encompassed aspects of aquaculture/aquaponics, controlled environment agriculture, environmental engineering, chemistry, microbial ecology, genomics, and computational biology. Currently, he is working with Dr. Bryan Heidorn as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Information at the University of Arizona. His latest research project uses machine learning and deep learning methodologies to predict plant phenotypes from genomic and environmental data.