Assistant Professor, Senior Research
At NWREC since: July, 2006 (with OSU since 1986)
Education: BS (soil science) and MS (horticulture), Oregon state University
Home Town: Corvallis, OR
Research and Extension Interests:
I assist growers by conducting pesticide residue field trials to determine safe levels of pesticides allowed in food and feed commodities. We also conduct efficacy and phytotoxicity field trials with new pesticide formulations for food, feed and ornamental crops.
I help commodities in the Oregon and the Pacific Northwest develop a PMSP for their particular industry, such as blueberries, onions, or hops, which highlights their pest issues and provides guidance on how to achieve their pest management goals.
I help keep the three Oregon berry commissions (Blueberry, Raspberry and Blackberry, and Strawberry) informed of pesticide registration and pest management issues that may affect production of their crop and even their livelihood.
In order to eliminate trade barriers that may exist due to non-harmonized MRLs between countries, I work closely with EPA, IR-4, pesticide registrants, and regulatory agencies around the world to ensure that pesticide levels in Oregon berries shipped to foreign markets will not only be safe for consumption but will not violate their MRL standards