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Workgroup Information


Summary The Desert Workgroup brings together the diverse ANR personnel, cooperators from other institutions, and clientele interested in agricultural and natural resource issues in arid climates. In this first year of the new workgroup we will hold two meetings. The meeting at the UC Riverside will include research reports and will focus on future collaborative research and outreach projects. A less structured meeting will be held at this year's Desert Vegetable conference and will focus on outreach and collaborative projects with ANR and other institutions.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Carmen Gispert (Chair)
Phone (760) 342-2466
Unit: Riverside County, Indio Office
Location: Cooperative Extension Riverside County, Indio Office
81-077 Indio Blvd.
Suites H, I, J
Indio, 92201-1994
Membership List
AES Scientist
Clegg, James Molecular & Cellular Biology
  Professor   Cell Biologist-AES Cell biology, comparative biochemistry and biophysics
Close, Timothy Botany & Plant Sciences
  Geneticist and Professor, Emeritus Agricultural Plant Genetics
Cooksey, Donald Plant Pathology
  Emeritus Professor and Bacteriologist Bacterial diseases; molecular biology, bactericide resistance; biological control
Jenkins, Bryan Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  Professor Energy systems; biomass, bioenergy, biofuels, thermochemical conversion, combustion and gasification; environmental impacts; power systems; properties of fuels; systems analysis, modeling, and optimization.
Knapp, Keith Environmental Sciences
  Professor Water resource economics, agricultural production economics, economics of irrigation and drainage, crop-water production functions, agricultural commodity markets.
Lovatt, Carol Botany & Plant Sciences
  Professor   Plant Physiologist Regulation of nucleotide and arginine metabolism, biochemistry of mineral nutrition, effects of stress on nitrogen metabolism, citrus and avocado physiology, including regulation of flowering, fruitset and fruit development
Paw U, Kyaw Tha Atmospheric Science Program
  Professor of Atmospheric Science and Biometeorologist-AES Biomicrometeorology, biometeorology, evapotranspiration, carbon and trace gas fluxes, turbulence, land surface models, field measurements and modeling, surface renewal, boundary layer meteorology, aerosol physics
Perring, Thomas Entomology (UCR)
  Professor of Entomology and Entomologist Integrated management of insect and mite pests of agricultural crops, particularly in the desert. Biological control.
Quiros, Carlos Department of Plant Sciences
  Emeritus Professor   Geneticist-AES Genetics of breeding of celery and brassicas, evolution of polyploids, molecular cytogenetics
Roberts, Philip Nematology Department
  Chair, Nematologist & Professor of Nematology Nematode host-parasite relations, genetics and pest management in field and vegetable crops
Roberts, Justin Biochemistry
  Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry The utilization of NMR spectroscopy to examine plant metabolism, plant responses to the environment
Schwabe, Kurt Agricultural & Resource Economics & Policy
  Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy Water Scarcity; Water Economics; Agricultural Water Use; Alternative strategies for pollution control; environmental and natural resource valuation; Salinity management/policy
Stanghellini, Michael Plant Pathology
  Plant Pathologist & Professor Ecology, epidemiology, and control of root-infecting soil-borne fungal plant pathogens
Trumble, John Entomology (UCR)
  Distinguished Professor Plant compensation for insect herbivory; impact of air and heavy metal pollution on plant-insect interactions; biological and microbial control in sustainable agriculture; chemical ecology; participate on the celery and tomato guidelines
Waines, J. Giles Botany & Plant Sciences
  Geneticist Professor Director-Botanic Gardens and Herbarium Cytogenetics, plant breeding and crop evolution-emphasis on wheat, beans,salvia, lilac, delphinium; roots, drought tolerance
Walling, Linda Botany & Plant Sciences
  Professor of Genetics Plant-insect interactions, wound and defense signal transduction
CE Advisor
Aguiar, Jose Riverside County, Indio Office
  Farm Advisor Vegetable crops and small farms
Bachie,, Oli Imperial County
  San Diego and Imperial County Director Agronomy / Field Crops
Biscaro, Andre Ventura County
  Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor Irrigation and nutrient management of berry and vegetable crops
Devkota, Pratap Imperial County
  Area Low Desert Weed Science Advsior * Weed Management * Herbicide spray water quality * Soil fumigation
Gispert, Carmen Riverside County, Indio Office
  Area Viticulture/Pest Management Advisor-Indio Office Wine and table grapes
Hartin, Janet San Bernardino County
  Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor Environmental horticulture, arboriculture, irrigation needs of landscape plants
Latack, Brooke Imperial County
  Livestock Advisor
McDonald, Chris San Bernardino County
  Inland and Desert Natural Resources Advisor invasive plants, weeds, native plant restoration, vegetation management, sensitive species management, habitat restoration, restoration planning, environmental education
Montazar, Ali Imperial County
  UCCE Irrigation and Water Management Advisor Irrigation and water management, measurement and modeling of surface energy balance variables/ET and crop coefficients, irrigation scheduling, drainage and water quality, on-farm irrigation system management and evaluation, salinity management and control practices, deficit irrigation, environmental instrumentation and modelling.
Natwick, Eric Imperial County
  Entomology Advisor, emeritus Entomology, Pest Management
Rethwisch, Michael Riverside County
  Field Crops   University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor   Palo Verde Valley Vegetables Entomology, Agronomy (Crop Production)
Rios, Sonia Riverside County
  Area Subtropical Horticulture Advisor
Takele, Etaferahu Riverside County
  Area Advisor Farm Management/Agricultural Economics Area Advisor - Farm Management /Agricultural Economics - Production economics, decision-making at the farm level, integrated input management, risk managementSubtropical Fruit Crops (Citrus, Avocados) Vegetable crops, Field CropsRiverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angles, Orange and Ventura.
Turini, Thomas Fresno County
  Vegetable Crops Advisor Vegetable crops production with emphasis in plant disease management and activities in entomology and nutrient management.
CE Specialist
Arpaia, Mary Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  Cooperative Extension Specialist Evaluation of preharvest and postharvest factor on subtropical crop productivity and fruit quality, including rootstock, cultivar, irrigation, pesticide and nutrition management strategies
Bali, Khaled Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  Irrigation Water Management Specialist Irrigation and water management, irrigation systems, soil salinity, drainage, infiltration, water quality, TMDL, biosolids
Bean, Travis Botany & Plant Sciences
  Assistant Weed Science Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Becker, J
  Professor of Cooperative Extension in Nematology and Nematologist Integrated pest management of plant-parasitic nematodes
Gan, Jay Environmental Sciences
  CE Water Quality Specialist and Professor of Environmental Chemistry Environmental risks and mitigation practices of pesticides, water and air quality issues related to pesticide uses, IPM practices
Grantz, David Botany & Plant Sciences
  Plant Physiologist & CE Specialist    Air pollution, Ozone, Environmental Crop Physiology, Biofuel Feedstocks
Jackson, Lee Department of Plant Sciences
  CE Specialist - Small Grains Small Grains; Agronomy; Growth, development and plant breeding of small grains; small grain diseases; pathogen variability host resistance; genetics of host/parasite interaction; integrated pest management;integrated crop management; agricultural systems.
Mauk, Peggy Botany & Plant Sciences
  Director of Agricultural Operations/Subtropical Horticulture CE Specialist Citrus, avocados, and dates, crop production management, fiscal and personnel management
Mcgiffen Jr., Milton Botany & Plant Sciences
  CE Specialist and Plant Physiologist Vegetable Crops, Invasive Species, Weed Science, Sustainable Agriculture, and Alternatives to Methyl Bromide
Merhaut, Donald Botany & Plant Sciences
  Extension Specialist for Nursery and Floriculture Crops Plant Nutrition, Woody Ornamentals, Floriculture, Blueberry Production
Ploeg, Antoon Nematology Department
  Nematology Specialist Management of plant-parasitic nematodes in field and vegetable crops.
Putman, Alexander Plant Pathology
  Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension and Assistant Plant Pathologist Vegetable and strawberry crops; epidemiology and disease management; downy mildew diseases; soilborne pathogens
Other ANR
Cockerham, Stephen Dean's Office CNAS
  Superintendent Agricultural operations, field stations, turfgrass research
Diaz, Jairo Desert Research & Extension Center
  Director Water Resources
Gibeault, Victor Botany & Plant Sciences
  Emeritus   CE Environmental Horticulturist The development and evaluation of warm- and cool-season turfgrass species and cultivars for California environments and uses. Cultural work on turfgrass emphasizes water use and irrigation strategies, integrated pest management techniques and wear tolerance
Mathews, Deborah Plant Pathology
  Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Plant Pathology & Assistant Plant Pathologist - Ornamental Crops Diseases of ornamental crops, Improving detection of viral pathogens, Characterization of new viruses
Mostafa, Ayman
  Area Agent Field Crops IPM
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Membership Totals
Number of Members54
ANR Members45
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