Cooperative Extension Specialists

Jun 11, 2013 admin

Agricultural and Resource Economics

NameArea of Expertise
Butler, Leslie J
(530) 752-3681
Dairy production, marketing and policy, agricultural and natural resource policy, biotechnology, technological change, public policy issues
Cook, Roberta L
(530) 752-1531
[email protected]
Fruit and Vegetable Marketing, Food Distribution, International Competition and Trade, Mexican Horticultural Industry, Food safety
Hardesty, Shermain D.
(530) 752-0467
[email protected]
Cooperative Theory, Management and Finance, and Food Marketing and Policy
Klonsky, Karen M
(530) 752-3563
[email protected]
Farm management and Production, Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Agriculture

Animal Science

NameArea of Expertise
Conte, Fred S
(530) 752-7689
[email protected]
Research interests: Software simulation for shellfish sanitation, information transfer and commercial sturgeon production.
Meyer, Deanne
(530) 752-9391
[email protected]
Animal waste management.
Mitloehner, Frank M.
(530) 752-3936
[email protected]
Air quality research related to livestock production, especially quantification of ammonia, dust, and odor emissions in dairies, beef feedlots, and poultry operations; environmental physiology research, focusing on effects of air emissions on animal health and welfare.
Oltjen, James W
(530) 752-5650
[email protected]
On-farm animal management systems; on-farm implementation of strategies to reduce the environmental impact of cows.
Robinson, Peter H
(530) 754-7565
[email protected]
On-farm animal management systems; on-farm implementation of strategies to reduce the environmental impact of cows.
Van Eenennaam, Alison
(530) 752-7942
[email protected]
Animal genomics, biotechnology.

Entomology and Nematology

NameArea of Expertise
Flint, Mary Lousie
(530) 752-7692
[email protected]
Integrated pest management of landscape, agricultural and garden pests; biological control of arthropod pests; alternatives to pesticides; adoption of alternative practices by practitioners; innovative delivery of pest management information.
Godfrey, Larry D
(530) 752-0473
[email protected]
Integrated pest management of insects and mites in field and vegetable crops; plant (physiological and yield) response to insect injury, refinement of economic thresholds, IPM of field and vegetable crops.
Mussen, Eric C
(530) 752-0472
[email protected]
Managing honey bees and wild bees for maximum field production, while minimizing pesticide damage to pollinator populations.
Westerdahl, Becky
(530) 752-1405
[email protected]
Applied nematology, integrated pest management; nematology extension
Zalom, Frank G
(530) 752-0275
[email protected]
Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Tree Crops, Small Fruits, and Vegetable Crops Entomology, Water Quality, Invasive Species

Environmental Science and Policy

NameArea of Expertise
Grosholz, Edwin D
(530) 752-9151
[email protected]
Population dynamics and community ecology, invasion biology, conservation biology and biodiversity of marine and estuarine systems, applications of ecological theory to coastal management problems.

Food Science and Technology

NameArea of Expertise
Barrett, Diane M.
(530) 752-4800
[email protected]
Effects of raw material characteristics (cultivar, maturity, organic/conventional production etc.) and processing (aseptic, canning, drying, freezing, high pressure, etc.) on color, texture, flavor and nutritional quality of fruit and vegetable products.
Bruhn, Christine M
(530) 752-2774
[email protected]
Consumer Issues in food safety and quality and new technolgies such as food irradiation and biotechnology.
Harris, Linda J.
(530) 754-9485
[email protected]
Microbial food safety with emphasis on fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, applied microbiology
Rosenberg, Moshe
(530) 752-4682
[email protected]
Food engineering, food technology, dairy chemistry, dairy technology, dairy products, food microstructure, microencapsulation.
Winter, Carl K
(530) 752- 5448
[email protected]
Food toxicology, risk assessment, risk communication.

Human Ecology

NameArea of Expertise
Campbell, David C
(530) 754-4328
[email protected]
Intersection between public policy and community development processes at the local levelÑfocusing on governance, civic engagement, citizenship, and economic development.
Gupta, Clare
[email protected]
Research interests: Translational and interdisciplinary research, alternative food networks and community food systems, food politics and agro-food movements (e.g. local food, food sovereignty,) and community-based resource management.

Koundinya, Vikram
[email protected]

Program evaluation, needs assessments and other extension educational processes.
Ontai, Lenna
(530) 752-6410
Research focuses on understanding early socialization processes between parents and young children. This research program aims to understand factors that affect parents' socialization efforts such as income and cultural background. She is active in translating and disseminating current research findings in the areas of parenting, early social development and child care to programs for families with young children.
Smith, Martin H.
(530) 752-7035
[email protected]
Youth scientific literacy. Curriculum development and educator professional development. Nonformal science education, inquiry-based learning, experiential learning, bio-security education, and environmental education.

Taylor, Keith
[email protected]

Community & Regional Development

Trzesniewski, Kali
(530) 752-2595
[email protected]

How personality and social factors influence a person’s development from conception to death. How to raise children to be healthy, productive members of society. The developmental origins, developmental course, and interrelations among self-esteem, achievement, and antisocial behavior.


Land, Air and Water Resources

NameArea of Expertise
Grattan, Stephen R
(530) 752-4618
[email protected]
Salinity effects on plants at the plant and field scale; agricultural drainage water reuse and management; salinity-trace element interactions in plants; evapotranspiration.
Harter, Thomas
(530) 752-6998
[email protected]
Flow and transport processes in groundwater and in the vadose zone; non-point source pollution of groundwater; groundwater remediation; groundwater resources management; geostatistics; stochastic analysis; numerical modeling.
Jackson, Louise E
(530) 754-9116
[email protected]
Soil microbial carbon and nitrogen cycling; Mycorrhizae; Plant water relations and nutrient uptake; Organic and conventional vegetable production; Reduced tillage systems; Grassland restoration ecology.
O'Geen, Anthony T.
(530) 752-2155
[email protected]
Soil-landscape relationships, hydropedology, application of digital soil databases, soil survey; pedologic and hydrologic characterization of deep regolith; management of soil physical properties; macro- and mesofauna in soil.
Pettygrove, G. Stuart
(530) 754-9646
[email protected]
Soil fertility, nitrate and phosphate pollution of water, dairy manure management, precision agriculture and site-specific farming, land application of wastes and wastewaters.
Sandoval Solis, Samuel
(530) 752-2533
[email protected]
Sustainable water resource systems. Shared-vision water planning. Modeling and decision-support systems. Environmental restoration and conservation. Climate change and water management strategies.
Schwankl, Larry
(559) 646-6500
Drip, sprinkler, and flood irrigation systems with emphasis on irrigation of trees and vines. Irrigation system maintenance and chemigation. Irrigation scheduling using soil moisture monitoring and evapotranspiration techniques.
Snyder, Richard L
(530) 752-4628
[email protected]
Irrigation scheduling; freeze/frost protection; evapotranspiration modeling
Zaccaria, Daniele
(530) 752-4628
[email protected]
Irrigation Specialist


NameArea of Expertise
Kaiser, Lucia L.
(530) 754-9063
[email protected]
Examining the impact of acculturation and food security on the child-parent feeding relationship among Latinos, developing tools to evaluate nutrition education, and evaluating lifeskills education on transition from welfare to work.
Townsend, Marilyn S.
(530) 754-9222
[email protected]
Evaluation studies of intervention programs and integrates theories and methodologies from cognitive psychology with dietary behavior change strategies. Nutrition education (research and programs) with an emphasis on children and adolescents. She is involved in theory-driven program development and implementation, nutrition educational methodologies and program evaluation. Her work also involves health behavior change strategies.
Zidenberg-Cherr, Sheri A
(530) 752-3817
[email protected]
A major focus is the study of the nutritional status of populations considered at risk of nutritional deficiencies and exposure to environmental and physiological stresses. Another aspect involves the development and testing of new approaches to educate the public such as through the education of primary targets for consumer questions, i.e. physicians.

Plant Pathology

NameArea of Expertise
Davis, R. Michael
(530) 752-0303
[email protected]
Diseases of vegetable and field crops, mushroom production.
Golino, Deborah A
(530) 754-8102
[email protected]
Fruit crop clean stock programs; Viral diseases of grapevines and fruit trees; Vector plant pathology; Phytosanitary regulations and law.
Gubler, W. Douglas
(530) 752-0304
[email protected]
Research interests include biology, epidemiology and control of foliar pathogens of fruit crops with emphasis on grapevine and strawberry diseases.
Subbarao, Krishnamurthy V
(408) 755-2890
[email protected]
Epidemiology and integrated control of fungal diseases of vegetables, cool-season vegetables, verticillium of strawberries, lettuce and other crops, methyl bromide alternatives.

Plant Sciences

NameArea of Expertise
Al-Khatib, Kassim
(530) 752-835-
[email protected]
Weed ecology and integrated weed management. Pesticide drift.
Crisosto, Carlos
(559) 646-6596
Postharvest handling systems to maintain quality and safety of stone fruit and kiwifruit. Horticulture Section
Evans, Richard Y
(530) 752-6617
[email protected]
Management of commercial flower and nursery crops; nutrition of ornamental plants; container soil-plant interactions; propagation, production, and field establishment of plants for ecological restoration. Section: Primary - Horticulture; Secondary - Crop and Ecosystem Sciences
Fennimore, Steven A.
(831) 755-2896
[email protected]
Weed management in vegetable crops and small fruits as well as weed seed physiology and seed bank ecology. Crop and Ecosystem Sciences Section
Ferguson, Louise
(559) 737-3061
Pistachios, olives, figs, citrus, persimmons. Horticulture Section
Hanson, Brad
(530) 752-8115
[email protected]
Weed management in perennial crops. Alternatives to methyl bromide. Environmental sustainability of perennial cropping systems. Integrated pest management solutions for weeds.
Hutmacher, Robert B
(661) 746-8020
[email protected]
Conducts research and extension education programs in cotton production systems and irrigation management and plant water stress. In cotton, research efforts include varietal evaluations, irrigation and nutrient management, use of plant growth regulators, and cultural controls and host plant resistance to deal with specific fungal diseases. Crop and Ecosystem Sciences Section
Kaffka, Stephen R
(530) 752 8108
[email protected]
Investigates ways to improve crop production efficiency and environmental quality relative to crop prodution. Works at the commodity and farming systems levels. Crop and Ecosystem Sciences Section
Lampinen, Bruce D.
(530) 752-2588
[email protected]
Coordination of extension teaching and research activities for almonds and walnuts on a statewide basis. Horticulture Section
Lieth J. Heiner
(530) 752-7198
[email protected]
Crop ecology of greenhouse and nursery crops; greenhouse environment control automation; modeling of ornamental crops; automated irrigation. Section: Primary - Horticulture; Secondary - Crop and Ecosystem Sciences
Linquist, Bruce A
(530) 752-3125
My focus is on sustainable management of rice systems - in particular fertility management, nutrient and carbon cycling, water use, water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions
Lundy, Mark E
(530) 902-7295
Agronomy, sustainable intensification, cropping systems analysis, input use efficiency, integrating technology and data into production practices
Mitcham, Elizabeth J
(530) 752-7512
Postharvest biology and technology of horticultural crops, including regulation of fruit ripening, calcium deficiency disorders, and postharvest control of insects in harvested products
Mitchell, Jeffrey P
(559) 646-6565
Conservation farming systems. Conservation tillage production alternatives. Air, soil and water quality in reduced till systems. Cropping diversity, rotations, and intensification in no-till production. Crop and Ecosystem Sciences Section
Oki, Lorence R
(530) 754-4135
[email protected]
Irrigation managment in urban horticulture; water quality effects on plant growth; Evaluation and introduction of California native plants for use in landscape horticulture. Section: Primary - Horticulture; Secondary - Crop and Ecosystem Sciences
Putnam, Daniel H
(530) 752- 8982
[email protected]
Alfalfa and forage crops systems, alternative field crops, crop ecology. Crop and Ecosystem Sciences Section
Suslow, Trevor V.
(530) 754-8313
[email protected]
Integrated technologies for posthavest quality; postharvest pathology and biocontrol; food safety; postharvest quality and safety issues; refrigerated transportation. Horticulture Section
Tate, Kenneth W.
(530) 754-8988
[email protected]
Rangeland hydrology, water quality, nonpoint source pollution, grazing management. Crop and Ecosystem Sciences Section

Viticulture and Enology

NameArea of Expertise
Fidelibus, Matthew W
(559) 646-6510
Applied and basic research on grapes for raisin, table, and wine.
Oberholster, Anita
(530) 754-4866
[email protected]
Analytical chemistry of wine. The influence of winemaking techniques on phenol composition and quality. Polymeric pigment and tannin formation and composition Abiotic factors on grape tannin and norisoprenoid precursor (carotenoids) and chlorophyll development.
Wolpert, James A
(530) 754-6245
[email protected]
Improvement of cultural practices for winegrapes.

Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

NameArea of Expertise
Thompson, Lisa C
(530) 754-5732
[email protected]
Adaptive management of anadromous and inland fish populations; population dynamics modeling; impacts of dams and other water diversions on aquatic ecosystems; lake fertilization; food webs in rivers, lakes and reservoirs; terrestrial-aquatic linkages in watersheds.

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean's Office

NameArea of Expertise
Joy, Amy B
(530) 752-7959
[email protected]
Community nutrition, with an emphasis on improving the nutritional status of high risk audiences. Current areas of research are: (a) development and testing of nutrition education methodologies; (b) identification of dietary intake patterns and nutrition-related practices of high-risk audiences; (c) development of new ways to measure nutritional status; and (d) nutrition education interventions for improving nutritional status in high-risk audiences
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