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Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, 1994
Dipl. Ing. agr. in Agricultural Sciences, Technical University of Munich, Germany, 1990
As the Academic Department Head, my main goals are to further strengthen the holistic nature of the department’s research, extension, and instruction portfolio, and to produce graduates with strong integrative and translational skills that are equipped to address tomorrow’s technical and societal challenges in pathogen biology and disease management.
Research Interests and Current Efforts
My training and initial research experience has been in the area of theoretical and applied plant disease epidemiology. For more than 20 years at the University of Georgia, my efforts have focused on pathogen biology and management of diseases of fruit crops. With increasing administrative responsibilities at the departmental and college levels, I am now returning to my roots of more basic botanical epidemiology, and I welcome prospective graduate students interested in that area. I am also serving as the Coordinator for the University of Georgia’s interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Agricultural Data Science.