Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Stacy Holt


Stacy D. Holt Jr. was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and it is still the place he calls home. He has travelled around the United States and outside of the country, but says no other place has felt more like home! He received his Bachelors in Biological Sciences with an ecological/environmental/organismal (EEO) focus from Wichita State University in the spring of 2020. In the last semester of Stacy’s undergraduate studies, he decided to apply to the graduate degree program in biological sciences at Wichita State. He was fortunate enough to be accepted and to continue studying in Doctor James Becks Plant systematics lab, which he was also a part of for undergraduate research.


What drew you to work at TLI?
I had heard about the beginnings of The Land Institute as an agricultural research focused organization in Kansas from family members when discussing possible job opportunities and future career fields. In the final spring semester of my undergraduate research, my faculty mentor also suggested that The Land Institute internship program would be a very fine opportunity for me to continue research over the summer while collaborating with other scientists in my field. I found that my research interests and love for plants matches closely with the ongoing research and work happening at The Land Institute. The chance to learn more about sustainable agriculture and agroecology while being exposed to exciting research such as the Perennial Agriculture Project initially drew me to work at The Land Institute. The opportunity to learn more about career possibilities in plant biology and collaborate with experienced mentors and scientists within this field also attracted me to TLI.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I am very passionate about improving my character as a person and I work every day to be more kind, compassionate, and mindful. I am trying to become a dependable and trustworthy leader while helping to develop and improve my community through outreach, teaching, and volunteering opportunities.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” – Bruce Lee

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