Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Cheryl A. Wilen Ph.D.

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Area Integrated Pest Management Advisor. Also: IPM Extension Coordinator for Natrual Resources; Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases Strategic Initiative Leader
UCCE
9335 Hazard Way, Ste. 201
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 822-7795
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Biography

CURRICULUM VITAE

Cheryl Wilen

University of California Cooperative Extension

Statewide IPM Program

9335 Hazard Way, Ste. 201, San Diego, CA 92123

email: cawilen@ucanr.edu

Education

January, 1989 to March, 1994

Ph.D. in Botany at the University of California - Riverside with emphasis on weed physiology and ecology.  Dissertation title: Ecophysiological Mechanisms of Pennisetum clandestinum Invasions in California.

 

June, 1985 to June, 1988

Attended St. Louis Community College at Meremac to improve skills in data processing and computer programming.

 

January, 1981 to May, 1983

Master of Science in Horticulture at the University of Arizona with emphasis on vegetable production and plant protection.  Thesis title: Differential Sensitivities of Transplanted Tomato Cultivars to 2,6-Dinitroaniline Herbicides.

 

August, 1977 to December, 1980

Bachelor of Science in Horticulture at the University of Maryland with emphasis on fruit and vegetable production.

 

Employment History

July, 2015 to October, 2015

Interim Director of University of California Stateside Integrated Pest Management Program. Provide administrative oversight and leadership to UC IPM Program until new Director in place.  Manage staff of 17 including business manager, associate directors, writers, editors, and programmers. Responsible for travel and personnel approvals.  Represent UC IPM at statewide and national level. Provide administrative and programmatic information to UC ANR upper administration. Davis, California.

 

April, 2014-September, 2014

Acting Director of University of California Stateside Integrated Pest Management Program. Provide administrative oversight to UC IPM Program while Director was on study leave.  Manage staff of 17 including business manager, associate directors, writers, editors, and programmers. Responsible for travel and personnel approvals. Davis, California.

 

September, 1995 to present

Area Integrated Pest Management Advisor for Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties.  Conduct applied research with growers and pest control advisors in the turf, ornamental, and nursery industries to help develop successful IPM programs.  Extend information through seminars, meetings and publications. Current projects include development and implementation of IPM educational programs for non-commercial pesticide users, development of snail control monitoring programs, and vertebrate pest and weed management in nurseries and landscapes.   Statewide IPM Program, University of California Cooperative Extension.

 

February, 1994 to September, 1995

Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences.  Conduct studies on yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) in the field, greenhouse, and laboratory to establish temperature thresholds for emergence and growth.  Develop and test degree-day models to predict emergence and plant development.  University of California, Riverside, California.

 

January, 1989 to February, 1994

Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences.  Conducted and assisted in experiments relating to weed ecology and physiology.  Projects included studies on competitive interactions between plants, measurements of growth rates and rates of photosynthesis as an indicator of potential spread of weeds, and electrophoretic examination of plant proteins.  University of California, Riverside, California.

 

July, 1983 to December, 1988

Research Biologist heading the secondary level of screening experimental chemicals as preemergent herbicides and herbicide safeners. Evaluated chemicals' activities on whole plants and directing synthesis of compounds as indicated by trend analysis studies.  Duties included supervision and coordination of technicians and conducting and interpreting quantitative structure activity studies.  Maintained database of compounds' biological activities.  Other duties included the interpretation of data for patent attorneys and acting as a liaison between software support personnel and researchers. Monsanto Agricultural Company, St. Louis, Missouri.

Additional information

Licenses: Pest Control Adviser (PCA) in 3 categories and Pesticide Applicator (QAL) in 2 categories

Professional Membership: Weed Science Society of America, Western Society of Weed Science, California Weed Science Society, Entomological Association of Southern California

Awards: Orange County Chapter of California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers 2002 Research Award. California Weed Science Society 2007 Award of Excellence, 2007 IPM Innovators Award from California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation, Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America 2010 IPM Team Award

Selected Recent Publications

 

Refereed Publications

Wilen, C.A., V.F. Lazaneo, and S. Parker. 2011. Does the general public relate to the term "Integrated Pest Management”? J. Extension. 49:1, 1RIB3. Online http://www.joe.org/joe/2011february/rb3.php

Flint, M.L. and C.A. Wilen. 2009. Pest Notes: Snails and Slugs. UC ANR Publication number 7427.

Newman, J., K. Robb, C. Wilen. 2009. Chapter 5: Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to prevent pesticide runoff. Pp. 55- 72 In: Greenhouse and Nursery Management Practices to Protect Water Quality. Ed. J. Newman.  UC ANR Publication number 3508.

Stapleton, J. J., C. A. Wilen, and R. H. Molinar.  2008.  Pest Notes: Soil Solarization for Gardens and Landscapes. UC ANR Publication number 74145.

Varela, L.G., M.W. Johnson, L. Strand, C.A. Wilen, and C. Pickel. 2008. Light brown apple moth’s arrival in California worries commodity groups.  California Agriculture April–June. Pp. 57-61.

Newman, J., K. Robb, C. Wilen. In press. Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to prevent pesticide runoff. In: A Manual for Greenhouses and Nurseries. Ed. J. Newman and K. Gilbert. ANR Publication.

Bell, C. E., J. M. DiTomaso, and C. A. Wilen. 2007. Pest Notes: Invasive Plants. UC ANR Publication 74139. 7pp. http://ipm.ucdavis.edu/PDF/PESTNOTES/pninvasiveplants.pdf

Wilen, C.A. and C. L. Elmore. 2007 (revised). Pest Notes: Weed Management in Landscapes. UC ANR Publication 7441.

Varela, L. G. , J. M. Hashim-Buckey, C. A. Wilen, and P. A. Phillips. 2007 (revised). Pest Notes: Glassy-winged Sharpshooter. UC ANR Publication 7492.

Wilen, C.A. 2006. Chickweeds.  Pest Notes, DANR Publication number 74129.

Wilen, C.A. 2006. Common groundsel. Pest Notes, DANR Publication number 74130.

Wilen, C.A. 2006. Mallows. Pest Notes, DANR Publication number 74127.

Wilen, C.A. 2006. Puncturevine. Pest Notes, DANR Publication number 74128.

Wilen, C., D. L. Haver, M. L. Flint, P. M. Geisel, and C. L. Unruh. 2006. Hiring a pest control company. UC ANR Publication number 74125.

Wilen, C., D. L. Haver, M. L. Flint, P. M. Geisel, and C. L. Unruh. 2006.  Pest Notes, Pesticides: Safe and effective use in the home and landscape. UC ANR Publication 74126.

Wilen, C. A., C. E. Bell, J. I. Grieshop, and K. L. Robb. 2006. Survey of University of California Academics' Attitudes Regarding the Impact of Escaped Horticultural Introductions on Wildlands. J. Extension 44 (1) Article Number 1RIB http://www.joe.org/joe/2006february/rb1.shtml

Selected Non-Refereed Publications

Wilen, C.A. 2009. Snails and Slugs in Ornamental Production; Research Priority Setting. Report to Western IPM Center. Available at http://www.wrpmc.ucdavis.edu/CenterProjects/Wilen_Workgroup_2009_Final.pdf.

Wilen, C. 2007. Choosing herbicides responsibly. Southwest Trees and Turf 14(2):1, 14.

Wilen, C.A. 2007.  Plastic mulches - it's not just black or white.  Proc. 55th Calif. Weed Sci. Soc. In press.

Newman, J., K. Robb, and C. Wilen. 2007. Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to prevent pesticide runoff. Pp. 90-112 in: Management Practices to Protect Water Quality: A Manual for Greenhouses and Nurseries. Ed. J. Newman and K. Gilbert. UCCE Ventura County Publication. 188 Pp.

Wilen, C., T. Salmon. T. Ellis. 2006. Cottontail Rabbit Control.  Final report to California Dept. Food and Agric. 103Pp.

Sartain, A., C. A. Wilen, T. Ellis, R. Miller, and T. Salmon. 2006. Tracking cottontail rabbit damage in a southern Californian nursery using GIS and GPS technology. Abst. 22nd Vertebrate Pest Conf. Berkeley, CA p. 31.

Salmon, T. P., R.T. Ellis, C. A. Wilen. 2006. Ground squirrel underground baiting.  Final report to California Dept. Food and Agric. 25 Pg.

Ellis, T., T. Salmon, C. Wilen . 2006. Initial evaluation of sprinkler boxes as underground bait stations for California ground squirrels. Abst. 22nd Vertebrate Pest Conf. Berkeley, CA. P. 9.

Ellis, T., C. Wilen, T. Salmon. 2006. Characterizing and averting cottontail rabbit damage in a southern California nursery. Abst. 22nd Vertebrate Pest Conf. Berkeley, CA. P. 9.

Education

Ph.D. Botany, UC Riverside. 1994
M.S. Horticulture, University of Arizona. 1983
B.S. Horticulture, University of Maryland. 1980

Specialty

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for ornamental plant production and maintenance including nurseries, greenhouses, field production, floriculture, turf and landscape, pesticide reduction and alternatives. Research specialty in weed management, snails & slugs.

Areas of Expertise (click to see all ANR academics with this expertise)

Bibliography

Peer Reviewed

  • DiTomaso, Joe; Bell, Carl; Wilen, Cheryl. 2017 (revised). Pest Note: Invasive Plants. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74139.html

  • Rosskopf, E., N. Burelle, S. Fennimore, and C. Wilen. 2016. Soil/Media Disinfestation for Management of Florists’ Crops Diseases in: Plant Disease Management. Handbook of Florist's Crops Disease. ed.  R. J. McGovern and W. H. Elmer. Springer Publications.

  • Westerdahl, B. D. Long, C. T. Schiller, C. A. Wilen. 2015. Nimitz (MCW-2) for Management of Root-knot Nematode in Tomatoes. Acta Horticulturae, 1069: 260-264.

    Role:

  • Faber, B.; Hansen, B., Wilen, C. (2015). UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Avocado. Avocado Weed Management. Univ. of California, Agric. & Nat. Res. DANR Pub. No. 3436.

  • Bethke, J.A, J. N. Kabashima, J. P. Newman, K. Robb, and C. Wilen. (2014)  Insects, Mites, and Other Invertebrate Pests  Chapter 14 in Container Nursery Production and Business Management Manual. ANR Publication 3540. Editor Julie P. Newman. 

  • Surls, R., G. Feenstra, S. Golden, R. Galt, S. Hardesty, C. Napawan, C. Wilen (3/5/2014). Gearing up to Support Urban Farming in California: Preliminary Results of a Needs Assessment. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems Journal: 

  • Newman, J. P., C. Wilen, K. Robb, J. A. Bethke, and J. Kabashima. (2014). Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Chapter 12 in Container Nursery Production and Business Management Manual. ANR Publication 3540. Editor Julie P. Newman. 

  • Goodell P., Zalom F., Strand J., Wilen C., Windbiel-Rojas K. 2014. 2014. Maintaining Log Term Management: Over 35 years, integrated pest management has reduced pest risks and pesticide use.California Ag. 68(4):153-157.

  • Greenberg, Les, Michael K. Rust, Richards, Jaben, Wu, Xiaoqin, Kabashima, John, Wilen, Cheryl, Gan, Jay, and Choe, Dong-Hwan. 2014 "Practical Pest Management Strategies to Reduce Pesticide Runoff for Argentine Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Control." J. Econ. Entomol. 107(6): 2147-2153.

  • Robb, K.; Newman, J., Wilen, C.A. (2014). Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to prevent pesticide runoff. A Manual for Greenhouses and Nurseries.K. Gilbert and J. Newman. ANR Publication. 

  • Wilen. C. and C.E. Elmore. (2014) Integrated Weed Management. Chapter 15 in Container Nursery Production and Business Management Manual. ANR Publication 3540. Editor Julie P. Newman. 

  • Baldwin, R. A., D. B. Marcum, S. B. Orloff, S. Vasquez, C. A. Wilen, R. M. Engeman (2013) The influence of trap type and cover status on capture rates of pocket gophers in California. Crop Prot. 46:7-12.

  • Wilen, C.A., C. A. Geiger, and W. T. MacLachlan. (2012). Urban Pest Management and Surface Water Quality: Encouraging the Use of Integrated Pest Management in: Pesticide Mitigation Strategies for Surface Water Quality eds. Goh, K. and J. Gan + 2 others. Amer. Chem Soc

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  • Niederholzer, F., L. Strand, C. A. Wilen, A. Craigmill, T. Martin, C. Pickel, and J. Hasey (2011). Even small amounts of agricultural insecticides can harm fish - Ag Version. ANR Publication. 

  • Strand, L.; Wilen, C.A.; Niederholzer, F.; Martin, T.; Hasey, J. (2011). Even small amounts of landscape insecticides can harm fish - Urban Version. ANR Publication.
  • Newman, J., K. Robb, C. Wilen. (2009). Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to prevent pesticide runoff. Chapter 5 in Greenhouse and Nursery Management Practices to Protect Water Quality. Editor J. Newman. ANR Publication 3508.Pp. 55-72.

  • Tickes, B., C.A. Wilen, C.E. Bell (2009). Weed section of Bermudagrass Seed Production Pest Management Guidelines. UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Bermudagrass Seed Production. UC ANR. Publication 3472 

  • LeStrange, M.; Wilen, C.A.; Harivandi, A. (2009). Weed Section of Turfgrass Pest Management Guidelines. UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Turfgrass. UC ANR. Publication 3365-T
  • Varela, L.G., M.W. Johnson, L. Strand, C. A. Wilen, and C. Pickel (2008). "Light brown apple moth's arrival in California worries commodity groups." Cal. Ag 62(2): 57-61. 

  • Wilen, C.A., D.L. Haver, M.L. Flint, P. M. Geisel and C. L. Unruh. 2008. Pest Notes: Pesticidas: Uso Seguro y Eficaz en el Hogar y en Jardines. UC ANR Publication 74138.

  • Stapleton, J.J., C.A. Wilen, R.H. Molinar (2008). "Soil solarization for gardens & landscapes." Pest Notes Publication Number #74145 

  • Varela, L.G., J.M. Hashim-Buckey, C.A. Wilen, P.A. Phillips (2007). "Glassy-winged Sharpshooter." Pest Notes Publication Number #7492 

  • Elmore, C.L.; Wilen, C.A. (2007). "Weed Management in Landscapes." Pest Notes Publication Number #7441
  • Wilen, C. A., C. E. Bell, J. I. Grieshop, and K. L. Robb. 2006. Survey of University of California Academics' Attitudes Regarding the Impact of Escaped Horticultural Introductions on Wildlands. J. Extension 44 (1) Article Number 1RIB http://www.joe.org/joe/2006february/rb1.shtml

  • Wilen, C.A. (2006). "Chickweeds." UC IPM Pest Notes Publication Number #74129
  • Wilen, C.A. (2006). "Common groundsel." UC IPM Pest Notes Publication Number #74130
  • Wilen, C., D. L. Haver, M. L. Flint, P. M. Geisel, and C. L. Unruh. 2006. Hiring a pest

    control company. UC IPM Pest Notes, DANR Publication number 74125.

  • Wilen, C.A. (2006). "Mallows." UC IPM Pest Notes Publication Number #74127
  • Wilen, C.A. (2006). "Puncturevine." UC IPM Pest Notes Publication Number #74128
  • Gan, J., Y. Zhu, C.A. Wilen, D. Pittenger, and D. Crowley (2003). "Effect of planting covers on herbicide persistence in landscape soils."Environmental Science & Technology 37: 2775-2779. 

  • Bell, C.E., C.A. Wilen, A. E. Stanton. (2003). "Invasive plants of horticultural origin." Hortscience 38: 14-16. 

    My role:

  • Costa, H.S., K.L. Robb, C.A. Wilen (2002). "Field trials measuring the effects of ultraviolet-absorbing greenhouse plastic films on insect populations." Journal of Economic Entomology 95: 113-120. 

  • Phillips, P.A., C.A. Wilen, L.G. Varela (2001). "Glassy-winged sharpshooter." Pest Notes Publication Number #7492: 4. 

  • Costa, H.S., K.L. Robb, C.A. Wilen (2001). "Increased persistence of Beauveria bassiana spore viability under high ultraviolet-blocking greenhouse plastic." Hortscience 36: 1082-1084.

  • Elmore, C.L.; Wilen, C.A. (2001). "Weed management in landscapes." Pest Notes Publication Number #7441: 6.
  • Hartin, J.; Wilen, C.A.; Henry, M.; Blua, M. (2000). "Oleander Leaf Scorch." UC IPM Pest Notes Publication Number #7480
  • Wilen, C.A.; Elmore, C.L. (2000). Weed section of the UC IPM Program. UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Floriculture.B. Ohlendorf. IPM Education and Publications, UC Statewide IPM Program.
  • Wilen, C.A., U.K. Schuch, and C.L. Elmore. 1999. Mulches and subirrigation control weeds in container production. J. Envir. Hort. 17:174-180.

  • Cudney, D.W., D. Shaw, C.A. Wilen (1999). "Pest Notes: Green Kyllinga." UC IPM Pest Notes Publication Number 7459. 

  • Wilen, C.A. (1999). Pesticide Resistance: What it is and how to avoid it. DANR. Pubb 99/101
  • Raabe, R.; Grebus, M.; Wilen, C.A. (1997). Disease section of the UC IPM Program. UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Floriculture.B. Ohlendorf. IPM Education and Publications, UC Statewide IPM Program.
  • Masiunas, J.M., M. McGiffen, C.A. Wilen, C.E.Bell, T. Lanini, J. Derr, G. Kolasani (1997). Integrated weed management in horticultural crops. Weed Management and Horticultural Crops. ASHS Press.: 1-16.  

  • McGiffen, M.E.; Wilen, C.A.; Elmore, C.L. (1997). "Nutsedge." UC IPM Pest Notes Publication Number #7432: 4.
  • Neal, J.C.; Derr, J.F; Kuhns, L.J.; Weston, L.A.; Wilen, C.A.; Senesec, A. (1997). Weed management in landscape and nursery plantings. Weed Management and Horticultural Crops.C. Wilen. ASHS Press.: 42-59.
  • Wilen, C.A.; Elmore, C.L. (1997). "Weed management in landscapes." UC IPM Pest Notes Publication Number #7441: 5.
  • Holt, J.S.; Wilen, C.A.; McCloskey, W.B. (1996). "Effects of soil moisture on observed and predicted yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus." Weed Science 44: 890-896.
  • Holt, J.S.; Wilen, C.A. (1996). "Physiological mechanisms for the rapid growth of Pennisetum clandestinum in Mediterranean climates." Weed Science 36: 213-226.
  • Holt, J.S.; Wilen, C.A.; McCloskey, W.B. (1996). "Predicting yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) emergence using degree-day models." Weed Science 44: 821-829.
  • Holt, J.S.; Wilen, C.A. (1996). "Spatial growth of kikuyugrass (Pennisetum clandestinum)." Weed Science 44: 323-330.
  • Cudney, D.W.; Elmore, C.L.; Gibeault, V. (1996). Weed section of the UC IPM Program. UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Turfgrass.B. Ohlendorf. IPM Education and Publications, UC Statewide IPM Program.
  • Wilen, C.A., J.S. Holt, N.C. Ellstrand, and R.G. Shaw. 1995. Genotypic diversity of kikuyugrass (Pennisetum clandestinum) populations in California. Weed Science. 43:209-214.

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