Gifty E. Acquah

Gifty E. Acquah is a recent NSF-IGERT trainee and graduate of Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. She is also a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada (MSc Forestry) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (BSc Natural Resources Management).

Her expertise is in spectroscopy, characterization of lignocellulosic materials and multivariate data analysis. For her PhD study, she focused on developing chemometric models to rapidly partition out elite loblolly pine families for different end users. The standard methodology she developed is being leveraged towards hundreds of loblolly pine genetic families in tree improvement programs. Gifty’s research has thus far been documented in over seven peer-reviewed publications (plus Conference Proceedings) in Journals such as Sensors, Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry, Plos-One, etc. She has also presented her work in over thirty international, national and regional conferences including invited talks.

Her current research focus is on the application of high throughput techniques such as pXRF, MIR and XRD in the analysis of the nutrient response and growth of crops as a function of soil conditions.