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Joseph Spatafora
Department Head
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Mycology; evolutionary biology of fungi

  • Research in our laboratory is focused on evolutionary biology of fungi. Current research projects include i) systematics and comparative genomics of insect pathogenic fungi, ii) phylogenomics of zygomycete fungi, and systematics and iii)...
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Michael Behrenfeld
Professor
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Marine algae

  • Physiological-ecology of marine algae, biogeochemcial cycles, remote sensing of the biosphere, novel optical approaches to understanding algal ecology/physiology, biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis, physiological responses of plants to environmental...
Posy Busby
Assistant Professor
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Plant microbiome ecology and evolution

  • Research in the Busby lab focuses on plant-fungal interactions, plant disease, and community ecology. Our current research seeks to characterize communities of non-pathogenic fungi that live in plants, “endophytes,” and to test how...
Jeff Chang
Associate Professor
541-737-5278 x5279
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Microbial genomics;Pathogens; Mutualists; Next generation sequencing; Functional genomics

  • The interactions between bacteria and their host plants are highly complex. Bacteria, whether beneficial or pathogenic, can be recognized by plants and elicit a defense response. Bacteria,...
Lynda Ciuffetti
Professor
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Molecular genetics of plant-parasitic fungi; evaluation of pathogenicity factors

  • Our major research interest is in the area of host-pathogen interactions, specifically, interactions involving fungal pathogens. We are primarily interested in the investigation of the genetic and...
Valerian Dolja
Professor
541-737-5472 x5481
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Plant cell biology, virology and biotechnology

  • Mechanisms of the organelle trafficking within plant cells. Functional genomics of plant myosins. Comparative genomics, origins, and and evolution of viruses. Plant RNA viruses as gene expression vectors.

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Jeremiah Dung
Assistant Professor
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Molecular epidemiology, population biology, disease modeling, and integrated disease management

  • Research conducted in the plant pathology lab at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center aims to...
John Fowler Jr
Professor
541-737-5307 x5295
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Plant cell and developmental biology.

  • My primary research interest is in the molecular mechanisms that govern cellular morphogenesis and development in plants.  Specifically, I am interested in how the regulation of two cellular processes – cell polarity and exocytosis – is...
Kenneth Frost
Assistant Professor
(541) 567-8321 x105
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Ecology and epidemiology of plant disease, insect vectored plant pathogens, ecological modeling, disease diagnostics, and integrated pest management

  • The research conducted in the plant pathology...
Christina Hagerty
Assistant Professor of Cereal Pathology
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(541) 278-4396
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My lab is focused on serving the producers and stakeholders of high quality Oregon wheat. Our goal is to conduct relevant, practical, and applied research on the biology and control of soil-borne plant-pathogenic fungi and nematodes that limit yields of dryland wheat production in the Inland...

Philip Hamm
Emeritus Appointment
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Identification and control of diseases impacting vegetable and seed crops; understanding impacts to soilborne pathogens following fumigation; diseases caused by Phytophthora sp.; Identification and control of Potato diseases.

  • Virus, nematodes and fungal pathogens are...
Russell Ingham
Professor
541-737-5255 x5253
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Biology, ecology and pathology of nematodes in natural and agroecosystems; nematode management in potato, peppermint and fruit crops.

  • Nematodes which live in soil may be plant parasites, insect parasites or feed on microbial or faunal organisms in the soil. My research involves...
Pankaj Jaiswal
Associate Professor, Comparative Plant Genomics
541-737-8471
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Flowering Time, Seed Development, Comparative Plant Genomics, Functional genomics, Systems Biology, Bioinformatics, Genome Annotation, Biochemical and Regulatory Pathway Databases, Genome Databases, Ontology Development.

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Kenneth Johnson
Professor
541-737-5249 x5248
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Plant pathology with emphasis on disease ecology, pathogen detection and integrated management strategies.

Frank Andrew Jones
Assistant Professor
(541) 737-5362
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Molecular ecology, population ecology, community ecology, tropical ecology.

Achala KC
Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology
541-772-5165 ext. 222
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Tree fruit and wine grape pathology.

  • Develop a progressive applied research and educational outreach program that will address emerging diseases in horticultural crops (tree fruits and wine grapes) in Southern Oregon. The plant pathology research program at SOREC is focused on...
Jared LeBoldus
Assistant Professor
541-737-1907
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Forest pathology; the genomics host-parasite interactions in natural ecosystems; impacts of biotic disturbance on forest structure and function; molecular mechanisms of innate immunity in plants; tree and pathogen genomics; Populus spp.; Sphaerulina musiva.

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Aaron Liston
Professor and Herbarium Director
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541-737-5301
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My research focuses on the application of genomics to plant phylogeny and speciation. I am currently using the strawberry genus (Fragaria) as a model for studying the evolution of polyploidy and sex chromosomes.

Joyce Loper
Associate Dean
541-737-1097
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Bruce Mc Cune
Professor
Professional Faculty
541-737-1741 x1742
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I work in three overlapping, interdependent areas (see lab website):

  • Tools for analysis of ecological communities and habitats: My research on analytical tools concerns how species abundance as a response variable...

Molly Megraw
Assistant Professor
541-737-1118
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Transcription Factors, microRNAs, machine learning, Arabidopsis

  • The overall scientific goal of my lab is to understand how small RNAs and Transcription Factors work together in living cells. Our current research focus is on the analysis of over-represented microRNA-Transcription...
Christopher Mundt
Professor
541-737-5256 x5257
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Plant disease epidemiology; host plant resistance; population genetics of plant pathogens; effects of plant genetic diversity on disease and productivity; sustainable agriculture.

Successes in breeding disease-resistant crops have often been countered by the ability of plant pathogen...

Cynthia Ocamb
Associate Professor
541-737-4020 x4127
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Research and Extension Area: Diagnosis and disease management in vegetable and field crops.

  • Primary interests include pathogen biology and disease management. Research emphasis is on the integration of cultural and chemical practices with alternative strategies, such as...
Jay Pscheidt
Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology and Extension Plant Pathology Specialist
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541-737-3472 x5539
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My work focuses on diagnosis of disease problems on woody perennials including fruit, nut, and nursery crops, and cultural disease control tactics.

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Research and Extension Area: Develop applied diagnostic and control programs for plant diseases of tree...

Melodie Putnam
Director, OSU Plant Clinic
541-737-3472
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Research and Extension Area: Diagnosis of diseases and disorders of plants submitted to the OSU Plant Clinic; chemical and non-chemical control recommendations.

  • Diagnostic techniques, etiology of new diseases...
Thomas Wolpert
Professor
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Biochemistry and molecular biology of host-parasite interactions.

  • We are attempting to understand the interactions that occur between a plant host and its microbial parasite at the molecular level. Specifically, we are investigating diseases caused by fungal pathogens which...
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Aymeric Goyer
Associate Professor (Sr Res)
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Aymeric Goyer grew up in Rennes area, France. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Plant Biology from the University of Rennes I, France, and a Doctoral degree in Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology from the University of Paris XI, France. Upon graduation, Dr. Goyer held a...

Jason Graff
Assistant Professor - Senior Research
(541) 737-4090 x6204
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Phytoplankton ecology and physiology, bacteria-phytoplankton interactions, developing and improving methods for investigating marine phytoplankton from the cellular to global scale.

  • My research interests range from cellular to global scale processes related to phytoplankton...
Linda Hardison
Assistant Professor (Senior Research) and Director, Oregon Flora Project
541-737-4338
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Director of the Oregon Flora Project

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Allen Milligan
Assistant Professor (Senior Research)
541-737-5276 x6204
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Application of cellular-scale molecular and biochemical studies of microalgae, bacteria and corals to environmental questions about ecosystem function and global change.

  • Mechanistic-level knowledge of the oceanic ecosystem gives oceanographers the ability to predict and hind-...
Sushma Naithani
Assistant Professor (Sr Res)
541-737-8022
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Genomics, Transcriptomics, Plant system biology, Plant metabolic networks, Cell signaling, Self-incompatibility, and Organelle biogenesis.

The current focus of my research program is centered on the following themes:

Functional genomics of S-domain Receptor...

Jennifer Parke
Professor, Senior Research, Soil Biology
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  • Phytophthora diseases of woody plants
  • Management of Phytophthora diseases in horticultural nurseries and native plant nurseries
  • Soil solarization for management of soilborne plant pathogens and weeds
  • Oomycete communities in water and...
Jeffrey Stone
Professor (Sr Res)
541-737-5260 x5242
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Mycology, ecology and systematics of fungal endophytes; taxonomy, ecology and infection biology of fungal parasites of conifers and other woody hosts; taxonomy and systematics of microascomycetes and asexual, conidial fungi.

  • Mycology, ecology and evolutionary biology of fungal...
Toby Westberry
Assistant Professor (Sr Res)
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541-737-5274
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Ocean color remote sensing and bio-optics; Marine phytoplankton, primary production, physiology, biogeochemical cycling

  • My research investigates the role and functioning of marine algae (phytoplankton) in the ocean ecosystem.  What controls their distributions, patterns of...
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Marc Curtis
Instructor
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Melanie Link-Perez
Herbarium Curator and Instructor
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Plant systematics; processes and patterns of speciation and diversification; historical biogeography; ferns and lycophytes; Adiantopsis; science education; and curriculum innovation and revision.

  • The Link-Perez lab uses traditional morphological analyses in combination...

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Richard Cronn
Courtesy Appointment
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Plant population and evolutionary genetics, genetic mechanisms of adaptation

  • Our research focuses on four main areas: (1) studying the genetic basis of adaptation through the integration of genomic (transcriptomic) and quantitative variation; (2) studying the evolutionary...
Michael Freitag
Professor
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David Gent
Courtesy Appointment
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541-738-4167
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Integrated pest management; disease epidemiology, ecology, and management

  • Our research centers around better understanding the epidemiology and biology of downy mildew and powdery mildew diseases to develop integrated management systems that reduce crop losses and chemical...
Fritzi Grevstad
Assistant Professor (Senior Research, Courtesy)
(541) 737-8371
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Population ecology, invasive species ecology, plant-insect interactions, biological control of weeds.

  • I am interested in the population dynamics and interactions of plants and herbivorous insects, particularly as they relate to the biological control of weeds. My current...
Niklaus Grunwald
Research Plant Pathologist, USDA
(541) 738 4049

The genus Phytophthora contains some of the most destructive plant pathogens affecting agricultural and forest crops. Recently a novel species of Phytophthora was discovered almost simultaneously in Germany on rhododendron and azalea and in California on coast live oak and tanoak. Phytophthora...

Thomas Kaye
Associate Professor (Courtesy)
541-753-3099 x111
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My major areas of research are population dynamics of endangered plants and invasive species. This area provides opportunities for experiments with rare species reintroduction, seed germination studies, population viability analysis with matrix models, and evaluation of habitat management...

Mary Kentula
Courtesy Appointment
541-754-4478
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Monitoring and assessment of wetlands at regional and watershed scales. Restoration ecology, especially as it applies to wetlands.

Walter Mahaffee
Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS & Courtesy Faculty, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
541-738-4036 x4035
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My research focuses on foliar pathogens including powdery mildew and Botrytis, development of disease and phenology based forecasting models, and the development of enhanced disease management practices.

Foliar pathology of horticulture crops: development of biological control systems...

Robert Meinke
Courtesy Appointment
541-737-2317
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Conservation biology of higher plants, particularly involving reproductive ecology and systematics; restoration of extirpated populations; integrating biological data into species management protocols.

  • The Conservation Biology Program is directed by the Oregon legislature to...
David Pyke
Courtesy Appointment
541-750-7334
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Population biology, fire and restoration ecology of arid and semiarid plants in the Intermountain West and development of protocols to assess ecoysystem status.

Little is known about the basic demographic characteristics of many native species that dominate plant communities in the...

Jay Reichman
Assistant Professor (Courtesy)
541-754-4643

 

  • Ecology, molecular genetics and evolutionary biology
  • Genomics, metagenomics and transcriptomics

My research is primarily aimed at development of molecular methods for measuring the biological effects of emerging technologies. Projects have focused on...

Gar Rothwell
Courtesy Appointment
(541) 737-5252
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Studies of fossil and living land plants are directed toward a fuller understanding of phylogeny and evolution. These are explored using data from morphological, anatomical, ultrastructural, developmental, and molecular characters. Evaluations of ontogeny, reproductive biology, and organismal...

Ruth Stockey
Courtesy Appointment
(541) 737-5252
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Paleobotany

  • Whole plant biology of fossil plants and their use in phylogenetic analysis.
  • Evolution of ferns, gymnosperms, and aquatic angiosperms.
  • Phylogenetic trends in the Coniferales.
  • Fossil record of monocots.
  • Reproductive...
Virginia Stockwell
Associate Professor (Courtesy)
541-738-4078
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Integrated management of bacterial plant diseases with an emphasis in biological control.

  • My research focuses on utilizing biological control agents as a disease management tool. A guiding tenet of my research is that we can optimize biological control by understanding of the...
James Trappe
Professor (Courtesy)

Taxonomy of hypogeous fungi; floristics of alpine fungi; mycorrhizal ecology and applications; fungal-animal interactions.

  • Mycorrhizal ecology of subalpine and alpine ecosystems; mammal-truffle interactions...
Jerry Weiland
Research Plant Pathologist, USDA
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541-738-4062
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Our research program focuses on soilborne pathogens of the ornamental nursery industry. The overall goal is to more fully understand pathogen biology, epidemiology, and ecology in order to develop and refine successful, non-chemical disease management strategies.

Specifically, our...

Inga Zasada
Courtesy Faculty, Research Plant Pathologist
541-738-4051
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  • Develop economic thresholds for plant-parasitic nematodes important to small fruits and understand under which conditions these thresholds apply.
  • Develop production systems which promote root health and encourage the establishment of plant-parasitic nematode suppressive...