I have always had an interest in geography and biology. I therefore started with the study of geology at UWI Mona and continued into Biochemistry with a focus on plant biology. I earned my PhD in Biology studying yam anthracnose disease caused by a fungal pathogen and then did Postdoctoral Research (2001-2003) at the University of Nebraska. There, I worked on the genetic relationships of the bean rust pathogen Uromyces apppendiculatus populations. Afterwards, I also worked as an Assistant Professor in Biology at Edward Waters College in Jackonville, FL (2003-2008). I returned to UWI and continued research into diseases of tropical root crops viz, cassava, yam and sweet potato. These crops are important for food security and represent a resilient tool in our arsenal against climate change. Biology and geography remain constant themes, although now enhanced by my research in molecular markers using Bioinformatics, metagenomics and molecular diagnostics of plant diseases.