Moria Petruic

University of Saskatchewan -Department of Plant Sciences

Moria was born and raised on a fourth generation family farm west of Avonlea, Saskatchewan. Working alongside her family, she developed a deep appreciation and love of farming. In 2011 she began her BSA at the University of Saskatchewan. During her bachelor’s degree, she was a part of the Stockman’s club as a member of the rangeland management team. One of the most rewarding experiences Moria had during her undergraduate degree was when she volunteered as a Peer Assisted Active Learning (PAAL) mentor to help promote both physical health and social skills to teens with varying cognitive and physical abilities. In the spring of 2015 she completed her BSA, majoring in crop science and graduating with great distinction.

Immediately following graduation, she began her MSc with Dr. Christian Willenborg working on improving weed management in Flax, which she completed in the fall of 2017. During her MSc, Moria had the opportunity to serve on the Plant Science Graduate Student Association (PSGSA) as secretary, helping to organize and host the 33rd annual PSGSA student conference in March of 2017; welcoming students and speakers from Montana State University, North Dakota State University, University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, University of Guelph, and Washington State University. Over the course of her academic career Moria has received various awards and scholarships. Most recently she received the SaskFlax Development Commission Graduate Scholarship (2016/17), Canadian Weed Science Society (CWSS) award for MSc student (2016), the Professor Ross Ashford Memorial Fund Award (2016), IHARF Guy Lafond Memorial Award (2016), and the Soils and Crops 3rd place poster presentation award (2016).

Although pursuing her degrees has been a large focus of Moria’s, it has never taken her away from her roots. Any moment of free time she has, or pretends to have, she is on the farm helping with whatever is going on at the time. She understands the importance of keeping the research she does relevant to what producers need. Her job with Dr. Willenborg and the “Weeds Crew” is a perfect fit for her. Working in a field as diverse as weed science has given her a new outlook and appreciation for the necessity of diversity in agricultural production systems. In the future, she hopes to continue to build her own understanding of agroecosystems and continue to do research that is both novel and can be readily adopted by producers.