Five Question Friday: Ethann Barnes

September 4, 2020

This month, Ethann Barnes, Biology Data Management Scientist, answers five questions about his experience with the company, his background and hobbies. Ethann works on GreenLight’s Field Development Team, managing, analyzing and summarizing field data. Ethann also prepares field trial protocals, including field visits and collecting data collected by drones.  

1. What is your work and educational background?
I grew up working on the ranch and neighbors’ farms. I got to do a lot of different things but it was mostly putting up hay and spraying musk thistles (an invasive pasture weed). That undoubtedly influenced my choice to pursue Agronomy and Weed Science in college. I worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a graduate assistant through both of my graduate degrees in an Extension Weed Science program managing research, field and greenhouse trials.

2. Do you have a funny memory of your first day at GreenLight?
When I found the job posting it was everything I was interested in in one position so I applied within 24 hours of finding it. I hadn’t heard anything for quite a while after the initial screening and was getting worried. I received a phone call a few days before I was supposed to interview to confirm the details. Unfortunately, no one ever told me they wanted me to come interview! I gladly accepted the opportunity and scheduled an interview. Since starting, the scheduling has been much smoother!

3. What is the biggest perk of working from home?
I really love getting to spend so much time with my dogs. I have two Shelties that love to come check on me during calls (and bark while I’m unmuted)! On a day with lots of Zoom meetings I frequently turn around to a pile of balls/toys.

4. What is one song you will always know all of the words to? Why that song?
I probably know all the words to the entire No Fences album by Garth Brooks. As a kid, I listened to it a lot on the radio while bumping around in rough pastures with the windows rolled down helping my parents check on the cattle!

5. What is the best place you have ever visited, and why?
I really enjoy the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains area. Whether its Gatlinburg or Asheville, there are so many great trails, restaurants, and quiet spots. It’s hard to beat a relaxing mountain weekend any time of year. I’ve also spent a weekend at Banner Elk, NC which was really nice. So, if you know of a good mountain hideaway let me know!