Berry Research Program Leader, NWREC
At NWREC since: 1992
Oregon is one of the leading berry crop production regions in the world. In my position (55% Extension; 35% Research; 10% Teaching) I conduct extension educational programs for the commercial berry crop industries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, hardy kiwifruit, and minor berries) from my campus office in the Department of Horticulture, Corvallis. In addition, I am the Berry Crops Research Leader at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (OSU) in Aurora. My research interests focus on whole plant physiology, improving yield and quality, machine harvest efficiency, alternative production practices, plant nutrition, cold hardiness, and organic production systems. I am also the OSU lead on the cooperative USDA-ARS & OSU berry crop breeding program (geneticist: Dr. Chad Finn, USDA/ARS, HCRU, Corvallis) and coordinate the evaluation of selections of strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry at the NWREC with the objective of finding new commercial cultivars for the Pacific Northwest. I have published many scientific articles on berry crop production and physiology and the extension publications and blueberry pruning video I have co-authored are widely distributed worldwide. I am actively involved in the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and the American Society for Horticultural Science. I was chair of the Vaccinium Section of the ISHS for 8 years and co-convened the 9th ISHS Vaccinium Symposium in Corvallis in 2008 and serve as chair of the Section for Vine and Berry Fruits of the ISHS. As part of my teaching responsibility, I am the instructor for HORT 452/552 (Berry and Grape Production/physiology) and co-instruct HORT 251 (Fruit Materials) in the Department of Horticulture.
Bernadine obtained her B.S. (honors) from the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada in 1983 and her Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1987. She was born in The Netherlands and now lives with her family in Monmouth, Oregon. She has been at OSU since 1987 and assumed responsibilities as the berry crops research program leader at the NWREC in 1992. Bernadine’s support staff/faculty at the NWREC & Horticulture are Amanda Vance (Research Assistant), Gil Buller (Senior Research Assistant), and Kimmie Ernst (BioScience Technician III). There are many student (undergraduate and highschool) and graduate student who work in this program also.