BS Forestry, Michigan Technological University, 1980
MS Plant Pathology, Cornell University, 1983
Identification of Plant Parasitic Nematodes Workshop, Clemson University, 2010
UNIV1820.012 Sustainability 360
PLSC3810 Guest lecturer, Plant Parasitic Nematodes
Plant Pathology and Plant Diagnostics for the UConn Master Gardener Certification Course
My research projects have included field studies comparing organic control products for basil downy mildew funded by a NE SARE Partnership grant (2011 and 2012) and work evaluating fertilizer and pesticide treatments in greenhouse bedding plant production in cooperation with BioSafe Systems Inc. (2013).
In partnership with UConn IPM professionals, grant funding has been received for lab equipment and supplies and diagnostic fees for IPM clients through a USDA NIFA Extension IPM grant.
The UConn Plant Diagnostic Lab is a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) and the regional Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network (NEPDN). This program funded by USDA works to minimize the impact of introduced plant pests and pathogens by promoting early detection through training and education on important and threatening species and through the First Detector training program and materials.
My responsibilities include the diagnosis of plant problems including pests, pathogens and abiotic disorders. The plant diagnostic laboratory (affiliated with the UConn Home & Garden Education Center) processes over 500 plant samples per year (2013) and provides information on prevention and/or control of plant problems. Clients include farmers, greenhouse and nursery businesses, Christmas tree growers, and home gardeners. Samples from commercial growers may come directly from the site or through visits by UConn IPM personnel.
I work with others at UConn, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and other land grant universities in the northeast on workshops and other educational programs for Master Gardeners, growers and gardeners. Recent lectures and workshops include:
Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) committee
UConn IPM group
UConn Sustainable Living Team, article editor
Planning Committee for annual Perennial Plant Conference and Garden Conference
Board of Directors, Farm to Family non-profit, secretary
Board of Trustees, Simsbury Land Trust, trustee
I write on topics including plant diseases and their management using IPM and organic practices. Along with diseases, I write on a variety of other topics including insect pest of the home and garden, animals, fungi, parasitic plants, how to grow fruits, plants and ornamentals in the home garden and assorted natural history topics.
I write and update fact sheets that are posted on UConn websites including those for the UConn Home & Garden Education Center and the IPM websites for nursery, greenhouse and vegetable crops.
My articles and work are published regularly in local newspapers, the UConn Home & Garden Center’s weekly blog (http://uconnladybug.wordpress.com/ ), quarterly Home & Garden Newsletter, local news websites, and grower newsletters.