Interview by Laura Wise, APA Executive Board
This month we feature D. Corey Noyes, Department of Horticulture
What is your job title?
Research Assistant – Laboratory and Field Manager
How long have you been at MSU?
8 Years 8 Months
Have you been a member of APA the whole time?
No, I started as a temporary employee and was hired into an APA position approximately 4 months after I started.
Can you tell me a little bit about what you do?
I oversee and coordinate field, greenhouse, and laboratory operations associated with research, teaching, and extension programs in Sustainable Vegetable Production in the Department of Horticulture. In conjunction with my research and extension responsibilities, I oversee laboratory and field assistants. Additionally, I provide teaching support for several Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences lab courses.
What brought you to your job at MSU?
A temporary position as a Lab Tech in Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management, which seemed like a perfect opportunity to figure out what I wanted to do next after completing my BS in Biology. Originally I hadn’t planned on being at MSU for more than a year or two, but I enjoyed my work and was hired into a full-time APA position after 4 months, so I decided to stick with it and see where it would take me.
What do you love about working at MSU?
I really enjoy being involved with science and to be always learning new things; MSU is a great place for both! I also love the fact that my job provides a wide variety of work environments: time in the office, time outside in the field, time in the lab, and operating big tractors!
What do you like to do when you are not at work?
I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors fishing, hunting, and camping.