|Room Number||West River Ag Center, Rapid City|
|Mailing Address||South Dakota State University
West River Ag Center
1905 Plaza Blvd
Rapid City, SD 57702
Professional MembershipsAmerican Society for Horticultural Science
South Dakota Specialty Producers Association
Extension ResponsibilitiesProvide support commercial fruit and vegetable production and marketing in South Dakota. Organize production and food safety workshops and obtain funding for educational and research publications and programs; collaborate with regional and national extension efforts.
Work ExperienceSince 2001, SDSU Extension Horticulturist - Supporting fruit and vegetable industry; Assisting with Master Gardener training and utilization; Assisting with Native American gardening programs; Collaborate closely with SD Specialty Producers Association.
Previous: Researched host plant diversity interaction with the mycorrhizal fungi community. Implemented and maintained field and greenhouse experiments on tree fruit. Soil and plant tissue analyses, Supervised seasonal employees and coordinated work with cooperating commercial orchards. Planned, implemented, and analyzed water stress physiology experiments on woody ornamental nursery plants. Maintained germplasm; responsible for all field and greenhouse trials for winter wheat breeding project. Compiled and analyzed data from eight sites. Supervised student & seasonal employees. Coordinated national Alternative Agricultural Opportunities (AAO) Extension Workshop; Developed national database of AAO educational materials. Analyzed and published vegetable research data.
Former Positions HeldExtension Specialist and Assistant Professor, Horticulture, Forestry, and LA Dept., SDSU
Graduate Research Assistant Plant Pathology Dept., University of Minnesota, 1996 - 2001
Research Technologist Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Washington State University 1994- 1996
Research Associate Plant & Soil Science Dept., Montana State University 1991- 1994
Research Assistant Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, Tennessee State University 1990- 1991
Research Fellow Dept. of Horticulture, University of Minnesota 1988- 1990
Awards & HonorsJohn Robertson Memorial Award in Horticulture, South Dakota
Gamma Sigma Delta
Phi Kappa Phi