The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Dr. Thomas E. “Tommy” Carter is this year’s South Atlantic Area Senior Research Scientist of the Year. Carter, a research geneticist and plant breeder in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, works in Raleigh at the Soybean and Nitrogen Fixation Research Unit. In honoring Carter, USDA cited his “pioneering research on genetic diversity in soybean breeding and the development of the first high-yielding drought-tolerant soybean germplasm.”
The SAA Scientist of the Year and Early Career Scientist awards are given annually in recognition of creative efforts, scientific leadership and major research accomplishments. As regional winner, Carter will participate in the Agencywide Research Scientist of the Year competition.