Dr. Braden received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from College of the Ozarks, Master of Science degree in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences from University of Arkansas and PhD in Agronomy - Crop Production and Physiology from Iowa State University. Dr. Braden started her academic career at Southeast Missouri State University in 2003, where she is currently Professor. In addition to her work at Southeast Missouri State University, she has worked with native wildflowers and prairie species and with rare and endangered species. She has worked to build learner-centered classrooms and lessons for students in plant science and physiology, forages, precision agriculture, geographical information systems, sustainable natural resource management, environmental science, and agribusiness. Her research interests include best management practices for sustainable methods involving natural resources. Her research often includes water quality, agroecology, plant/animal interactions in forage-based systems, cover crops, and a variety of other agronomic applications.