David C Smith
Senior Faculty Research Assistant I, Hazelnut Breeding

I work for Dr. Shawn Mehlenbacher, assisting with development of high-yielding, disease resistant hazelnut cultlivars for the Oregon industry.

OSU Campus
Department of Horticulture
Horticulture Department
4017 Ag and Life Sciences Bldg Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States
(541) 760-8722


I am responsible for propagating hazels through seed, grafts, layerage and cuttings, culture and management of our plants in the greenhouse and field, making the controlled pollinations and harvesting the seed, and supervising our labor force throughout the year.


I am an alumnus of the Horticulture Department, having received my B.S. degree in 1982. I was fortunate to be hired soon thereafter and have been working with nuts ever since.