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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
  • Duke University, Environmental Science and Biology ‘17
  • Host Institution: Avascent
  • Mentor: Jenn Gustetic

Morgan Irons received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology from Duke University.  For much of her life, Morgan was interested in becoming an orthopedic surgeon, however, a research project guided by three Duke professors and by her father helped kindle Morgan's interest in space agriculture. She is now a double honors graduate of Duke University with Bachelor of Science Degrees in environmental science and biology and a minor in chemistry and the Founder and Chief Science Officer of the space and agricultural research startup Deep Space Ecology.

In college, Morgan had multiple extracurricular activities such as: Student Representative at Duke Tree Campus Council, Founder and President at Duke Campus Keepers, and a Vice-Chair at The Mars Generation Student Space Ambassador Advisory Board. She also interned at NASA Langley Research Center, in addition to working in several labs at Duke. 

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Morgan worked at Avascent, performing market, technology, and provider landscape analyses in the small satellite industry, and presenting oral and written executive briefs to clients and Avascent’s CEO.

She is working on building her business, determined to solve food sustainability problems in space and food security problems here on Earth through agroecological system research, innovation, and community development and involvement. She is preparing to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2018 to pursue a PhD in plant and soil sciences to further expand the understanding of how ecological systems function.