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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

127 Soil- and Water-Borne Pathogens in Desert Agriculture and Nursery Crops Specialist

This position is expected to provide statewide leadership in research and extension efforts on soil- and water-borne diseases of desert agricultural and nursery crops. Soil-borne pathogens that cause root diseases remain an elusive and difficult challenge for successful production systems for desert agricultural and nursery crops. New outbreaks and invasive pests occur with soil- and water-borne plant pathogens. For example, new strains of Fusarium spp. have been described on nursery and production agricultural crops (e.g., lettuce and cotton, as well as woody landscape ornamentals). Additionally, water-borne diseases caused by Phytophthora and Pythium spp. and water quality issues are major problems for nurseries throughout the state. The total economic contributions of the environmental horticulture industry in California (including nursery and greenhouse production and sales) exceeded 25 billion dollars in 2007 and led the nation with over 250,000 workers (HortTechnology 21: 628-638). Currently, there is no UC ANR specialist covering this area.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, UC Riverside

Proposed Area of Coverage

Regional and Statewide


Associated Documents


1 Comment

The most destructive diseases of irrigated crops grown in desert production region of California are those caused by soil-borne, root-infecting pathogens, particularly those caused by zoosporic pathogens such as Phytophthora, Pythium and Olpidium. They are also the most difficult to diagnose and control. Historically, pathologists stationed either on campus at UCR or at DREC were versed in the ecology, epidemiology and management strategies of this specialized group of plant pathogens. However, that expertise has evaporated over the years and desperately needs to be reestablished.
Posted Jun 10, 2016 7:31 AM by Michael E. Stanghellini

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