Stephen helps to manage the University’s Plant Germplasm Intellectual Property, including licensing, technology option, transfer and allied agreements. An associate professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, he received his B.Sc. (Agr.) and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Guelph and his PhD in plant breeding at the University of Kentucky. His research area is the genetic improvement of perennial forage crops with particular emphasis on the application of biotechnology within conventional breeding systems.