Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Dezni Ortiz

General Research Assistant

Dezni Ortiz hails from Garden City, Kansas where she studied at Garden City Community College where she studied criminal justice.

What’s most inspiring about your specific position at TLI?
My position at The Land Institute is great. I get to work in the same lab every day with the same kind of projects.

What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?
People would never guess I work in a laboratory.

What drew you to work at TLI?
I wanted to see how the science world worked and The Land Institute seemed like a great example.

What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
One aspect of my life history that people do not expect is when I tell them I studied criminal justice and criminal law.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I am passionate about traveling, photography, and going on unplanned adventures.

If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
If I were to write a book it would be about my life, because I have many stories and have experienced many different kinds of things with many different kinds of people.

What were you like at age 10?
At the age of 10, my life was consumed with school and traveling basketball. I traveled almost every weekend to play in tournaments. I cared more about my sports than I did my schooling.

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