Recent Hires

Forestry, youth development, food, nutrition, crops and pest management

Thanks to increased support from the State of California, we are rebuilding our academic footprint across the state and adding new positions to address California’s most pressing issues. We are so excited to welcome these new team members!


Hamutahl Cohen
Entomology advisor
Ventura County
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Marianna Castiaux
Small Farms and Specialty Crops Program
academic coordinator
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Becky Wheeler-Dykes
Orchard systems and weed ecology advisor
Glenn, Tehama and Colusa counties
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Jorge Angeles
Weed management and ecology advisor
Tulare, Kings and Fresno counties
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Grant Johnson
Urban agriculture technology area advisor
Los Angeles and Orange counties
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Giuliano Galdi
Agronomy and crops advisor
Merced County
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Qicheng Tang
Assistant project scientist for water resources and water resiliency
Napa County
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Clarissa Reyes
Orchard systems advisor
Sutter, Yuba, Placer and Butte counties
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Manpreet Singh
Technology and innovation advisor for small farms
Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Madera and Merced counties
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Alicia Baddorf
Sustainable supply chain coordinator
UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
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Ahmed Kayad
Agricultural engineering advisor
Intermountain Research and Extension Center | (530) 667-5117
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Flavie Audoin
Livestock and natural resources area advisor
Calaveras, Amador, El Dorado and Tuolumne counties | (209) 454-8472
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Erik Porse
California Institute for Water Resources
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Haris Gilani
Biomass and bioenergy advisor
Riverside and San Bernardino counties
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Eddie Tanner
Specialty crops and horticulture advisor
Humboldt and Del Norte counties
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Ellie Andrews
Specialty crops advisor
Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties
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Tobias Oker
Soils and irrigation advisor
Kern County | (661) 868-6218 | Twitter @TobiasOker
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Justin Tanner
Viticulture advisor
San Joaquin, Stanislaus and southern Sacramento counties
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Cassandra Nguyen
Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist
UC Davis | (530) 752-3817
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Francisco Benítez Altuna
Project scientist
Berkeley Food Institute and UC ANR
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Gwenaël Engelskirchen
Sustainable food and farming coordinator
UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program | (530) 792-8253
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Jaime Ott
Orchard systems advisor
Tehama, Butte, Shasta and Glenn counties | (530) 527-3101
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Samuel Ikendi
Academic coordinator, climate-smart agriculture
UC Merced
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Katie Reidy
Statewide postfire academic coordinator 
UCCE Central Sierra office
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Kirsten Pearsons 
Integrated pest management entomology advisor
Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties
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Prakash Jha
Assistant project scientist, climate adaption tools
UC Merced-Sierra Nevada Research Institute
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Janessa Hartmann
Community health and nutrition advisor
Shasta, Trinity and Tehama counties
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Cuong "Jimmy" Nguyen
Assistant food safety and organic production area advisor
Imperial and Riverside counties | (442) 265-7700
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Alec Dompka
Rural communities economic development advisor
Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity counties | (707) 464-4711 | Twitter @Alec_rural_dev
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Fatemeh Khodadadi
Cooperative Extension plant pathology specialist
UC Riverside
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Yu-Chen Wang
Plant pathology advisor
Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties | (831) 201-9689
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Joanna Solins
Cooperative Extension environmental horticulture advisor
Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties | (916) 875-2409
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Kristin Dobbin 
Cooperative Extension water justice policy and planning specialist
UC Berkeley | Twitter @kbdobbin
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Kristen Shive
Cooperative Extension forest and fuels management specialist | (630) 917-5170 | Twitter @klshive
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Cindy Chen
Woody biomass and wood products advisor
Central Sierra; Alpine and Mariposa counties 
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Matt Rodriguez
4-H youth development advisor
Nevada, Placer, Sutter and Yuba counties | (530) 889-7391 | Twitter @MattR_Rodriguez
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Ashley Hooper 
Cooperative Extension urban community resiliency advisor
Los Angeles County
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Katie Low 
UCCE statewide fire coordinator
Nevada and Placer counties | (530) 889-7385 | Twitter @lowseverityfire
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Alison Deak
Fire advisor
Mariposa, Fresno and Madera counties
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Olivia Henry
Regional food systems area advisor
Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Placer and Nevada counties | (707) 389-0723
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Sally Neas
4-H youth development program advisor
San Mateo and San Francisco counties
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Tori Norville
Fire advisor
Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties
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Jackie Atim 
UC Cooperative Extension specialist
UC Merced/Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center | Twitter @JackieAtim2.
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Sudan Gyawaly 
Area integrated pest management advisor
Butte, Sutter, Yuba, Glenn, Colusa and Tehama counties | (530) 538-7201 
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Breanna Martinico
Human-wildlife interactions advisor
Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties
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Clebson Goncalves
Diversified agriculture advisor
Lake and Mendocino counties | (707) 263-6838 | Twitter @clebson_g
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Barb Satink Wolfson 
Fire advisor
Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties 
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Irene Padasas
Community nutrition and health advisor
Tulare, Kings, Madera and Fresno counties | (559) 684-3300
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Eric Middleton
IPM advisor
San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange counties
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Cameron Zuber
Orchard crops advisor
Merced and Madera counties | (209) 385-7403
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Chris Shogren
Environmental horticulture advisor
Los Angeles County
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Hardeep Singh
Local food systems advisor
Central Sierra (Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and El Dorado counties) | (559) 579-6065
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Joy Hollingsworth 
Table grape advisor
Tulare and Kings counties | (559) 684-3313 
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Luca Carmignani 
Fire advisor
Orange and Los Angeles counties | (949) 237-2956 | Twitter @l_carmignani
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Amrita Mukherjee 
Urban agriculture and small farms advisor
Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties
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Ricky Satomi 
Forestry and natural resources advisor
Western Sierra region (Sutter, Yuba, Butte, Nevada and Placer counties) | (530) 822-6213
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Erika Armstrong
4-H program representative
Tuolumne County | (209) 533-6990
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Amira Resnick 
Community Nutrition and Health
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Philip Waisen 
Vegetable crops and small farms advisor
Riverside and Imperial counties
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Christopher Chen
Integrated vineyard systems advisor
Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties |Twitter @GrapeProblems
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Natalie Levy 
Associate specialist for water resources
Orange County
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Julie Morris 
Agricultural liaison
Santa Clara County | (408) 201-0674 
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