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Joseph Spatafora
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Mycology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Fungi

  • Research in our laboratory is focused on ecology and evolutionary biology of fungi. Current research projects include i) evolutionary genomics of fungal secondary metabolism, ii) phylogenomics of zygomycete...

Faculty

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Jeff Anderson
Associate Professor
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Molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and plant disease resistance

Inter-kingdom chemical signaling between bacteria and plants; Pseudomonas syringae; Arabidopsis; Signal transduction; Metabolomics

  • My laboratory is working to...
Michael Behrenfeld
Professor
541-737-5289 x6204
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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

  • 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
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...
Valerian Dolja
Professor
541-737-5472 x5481
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Virus diversity, origins and evolution

  • Previous research included plant cell biology (functional genomics of plant myosin transport), functional genomics of plant RNA viruses and virus-derived gene expression and RNAi vectors.

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Jeremiah Dung
Associate 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 and Extension...
John Fowler Jr
Professor
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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
Associate Professor
(541) 567-8321 x105
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Ecology and epidemiology, agricultural systems, insect vectored plant pathogens, agricultural microbiome, disease diagnostics and management

Christina Hagerty
Assistant Professor of Cereal Pathology
(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...

Russell Ingham
Professor
541-737-5255 x5253
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Biology, ecology, pathology and management of nematodes in potato, onion, and other field 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 the study of the biology and ecology...
Pankaj Jaiswal
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
Associate Professor
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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
Associate 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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Samuel Leiboff
Assistant Professor
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Leiboff Lab

The Leiboff Lab uses quantitative techniques to understand plant development. We are interested in understanding the way the plant assembles its leaves and flowers and the dynamic changes in shape and molecular activity that happen on the way.

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Aaron Liston
Professor and Herbarium Director
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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.

Bruce Mc Cune
Professor
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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
Associate Professor
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Transcription Factors, machine learning, Arabidopsis, plant natural products, microRNAs/miRNAs, systems biology, synthetic biology

  • My lab works on identifying critical transcriptional regulators conditionally expressed in specific tissues and under specific stress-induced...
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
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
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I am interested in why plants fail, which fits nicely with my position in the OSU Plant Clinic where we diagnose diseases/disorders of plants and identify arthropods.

We are in the early stages of integrating whole genome sequencing in our...

Luisa Santamaria
Nursery Pathology and Bilingual Extension Agent
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My main goal is to develop educational programs based on the needs and priorities for the Oregon nursery industry.

Program Areas of Focus:

  • Bilingual Education programs in plant health.
  • Management practices to control plant diseases in Nursery crops and...
Jessie Uehling
Assistant Professor
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Research Faculty

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Kelsey Bisson
Assistant Professor (Sr. Res)
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I leverage observations from remote technologies, together with numerical models, to inform our understanding of ocean biogeochemistry from polar to global scales.  

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Aymeric Goyer
Associate Professor (Sr Res)
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Research Interests:

We are studying crops’ gene function related to plant metabolism and plant-microbe molecular interactions with the goal of improving crops’ nutritional quality and resistance to pathogens.

Our research involves a combination of molecular...

Jason Graff
Associate 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
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Director of the Oregon Flora Project

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Brent Kronmiller
Senior Faculty Research Asst I
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Allen Milligan
Associate 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
Associate Professor Senior Research
541-737-8022
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Naithani Lab

Area of Expertise: Systems biology, Genomics, Cell-cell signaling, Self-incompatibility, Mitochondria biogenesis, Photosynthesis, and Chloroplast biology, Plant pathway biocuration, and gene-gene network modeling

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Jennifer Parke
Professor, Senior Research, Soil Biology
541-737-8170
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I am no longer accepting graduate students due to planned retirement in 2021.

  • Phytophthora diseases of woody plants
  • Management of Phytophthora diseases in horticultural nurseries and native plant nurseries
  • Soil...
Toby Westberry
Assistant Professor (Sr Res)
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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...

Instructor

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Marc Curtis
Instructor
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Elisa Di Meglio
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Jessica Lodwick
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My teaching interests are grounded in the ecology and the evolutionary basis of life on earth. I have previously taught courses on animal behavior and scientific writing, with a focus on fundamental ecological principles and biological concepts. I am currently teaching Introductory Biology (BI...

Jennifer Lorang
Instructor
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James Mickley
Herbarium Curator and Instructor
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Herbarium

Our priceless and irreplaceable collection of plants, fungi, lichens, and algae provides data to allow us to see where species were historically, how that has changed, and how species have evolved. Join us, and contribute to our knowledge of the plants around you.

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Johanna Smyth
Instructor
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Courtesy Faculty Directory

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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; Professor (courtesy)
Courtesy Faculty

Our group conducts research on the epidemiology, ecology, evolution, population biology and genetics of Phytophthora species with a current emphasis on the sudden oak death pathogen P. ramorum. For more information, please visit our...

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, Dept. 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...

Dimitre Mollov
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Jay Reichman
Courtesy Appointment
541-754-4643

Research Areas:

  • Molecular to system-level impacts from:
    • Engineered nanomaterials
    • Nano & microplastics
    • Metals & nutrients
    • Climate & environmental change
  • Microbial source...
Hannah Rivedal
Courtesy Appointment, Research Plant Pathologist
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541-738-4144
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My research program focuses on finding solutions to plant pathology challenges facing the forage seed, grass seed, and hemp industries of the Pacific Northwest. In particular, identifying strategies for early and accurate disease diagnosis and detection, fungicide resistance management, and...

Gar Rothwell
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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
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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...
Jerry Weiland
Research Plant Pathologist, USDA
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541-738-4062
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Our research program focuses on plant diseases of the ornamental nursery industry. Our overall goal is to more fully understand the pathogens that affect nursery plants so that we can develop successful disease management strategies.

Specifically, our objectives are to:

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Inga Zasada
Courtesy Appointment, 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...

Emeritus

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Thomas Allen Jr
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Ralph Berry
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William Brandt
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Kenton Chambers
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Lynda Ciuffetti
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Stella Coakley
Emeritus Associate Dean
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Malcolm Corden
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Frederick Crowe
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Richard Halse
Senior Instructor Emeritus
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Philip Hamm
Emeritus Appointment
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Everett Hansen
Emeritus Appointment
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Paul Koepsell
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Joyce Loper
Emeritus Associate Dean
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Peter Mc Evoy
Professor, Emeritus
541-737-5507 x8371
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Russel Meints
Emeritus Appointment
Dallice Mills
Emeritus Appointment
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Patricia Muir
Emeritus Appointment
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Mary Powelson
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Fred Rickson
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Carol Rivin
Associate Professor
541-737-5281 x3308
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Sterling Russell
Emeritus Appointment
Luis Sayavedra-Soto
Professor (Sr Res)
541-737-5285 x4214
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Alfred Soeldner
Emeritus Appointment
Robert Spotts
Emeritus Appointment
541-386-2030
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Jeffrey Stone
Emeritus Appointment
541-737-5260 x5242
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David Sugar
Emeritus Appointment
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Mark Wilson
Emeritus Appointment
541-737-5244
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Thomas Wolpert
Emeritus Appointment
541-737-5293 x5282
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Donald Zobel
Emeritus Professor of Botany
541-737-5280
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