Martin Zorde is currently working on his Ph.D. in plant biology with a natural products focus. In his research, he uses analytical chemistry to identify plant secondary metabolites and uses transdisciplinary research to find ways of improving crops and plant medicine for human use. His primary project is in identifying the bioactive compounds in catmints (Nepeta ssp.), their application in arthropod repellency, underlying genetics, and potential for human use.
Martin has a deep passion for science and the interconnectedness of knowledge. As a teacher for the Honors College Forum since Fall of 2018, he has gotten to see first hand the benefit of working across disciplines. Martin is always looking to expand his knowledge while working to promote creativity and imagination.