General Research Assistant
Research Assistant Keat Robinson is from Salina, Kansas, and graduated from Lawrence Virtual High School. He plans to pursue a degree in Biology at Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas this fall.
What work experiences are most relevant to your position at The Land Institute?
I feel all of my work experiences, even those which were less than enjoyable, have contributed to my current work ethic and professional conduct. If I was to choose just one though it would probably be my time at Salina Regional Health Center as a patient safety attendant and courier. Though not directly related to my position at The Land Institute, it helped me develop my attention to detail and teamwork abilities.
What’s most inspiring about your position?
The opportunity to help improve history’s most persistent institution: agriculture. Helping achieve a future where high-yielding perennial grains are most prevalent is the most inspiring aspect of my position.
What drew you to work at The Land Institute?
First was their proximity physically and to my area of study. It’s quite convenient to live with my dad and gain experience in my chosen field of study. Their emphasis on creating a more sustainable future for agriculture greatly appeals to me. Agriculture is after all the foundation of society. Thus I believe ensuring future generations can practice it as well is perhaps one of humanity’s greatest duties to our descendants.
What Land Institute perennial grain crop do you look forward to eating the most and how would you prepare it?
Probably just about any legume. There are so many ways to prepare beans but perhaps my favorite is to mix them with a baked sweet potato and other vegetables.
What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I can ride a unicycle.
What else are you passionate about?
I have quite an eclectic assortment of hobbies. Video games, both making and playing them, cooking, and tabletop roleplaying games though are perhaps my favorites.
What’s your motto or favorite quote?
If you can count to 2 you can count to anything and then the world is your mollusk.