Department of Horticulture Seminar Series

The Department of Horticulture provides students the opportunity to present scientific material as a learning experience in the Horticulture 407, 507 and 607 Seminar Series. Department of Horticulture Faculty and industry leaders are often also featured as speakers and present on current topics of concern in horticulture research. All seminars are free and open to the public, and, unless otherwise specified, take place in Agricultural Life Sciences Building, Room 4000. The Seminars are recorded using Zoom and are accessible for live participation via the 'Live Feed' link if it is available for that seminar. To join the meeting, you need to have a Zoom account set up and/or download the Zoom application. Please note that the quality/transmission of video/sound may be dependent on the end-users internet connection and/or computer/viewing device. Access presentations from 2017, 2018, 2019 and upcoming 2020 seminars from side bar menu.

Fall 2021 Seminar Series 

Join us for the Fall Seminar Series in ALS 4000 or via Zoom at 1:30-2:30 on Tuesdays. Recorded Seminar presentations will be posted on the Fall 2021 Seminar webpage as they become available. Please see the seminar series schedule link and below for upcoming seminars. Zoom information is at the bottom of the page.

Fall 2021 Seminar Series Schedule

Fall 2021 Horticulture Seminar Series

SEPT 28 – How to breed better apples using genomics

Zoe Migicovsky, Dalhousie University

Dr. Zoë Migicovsky is a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Agriculture. For her postdoctoral research, she is working with Dr. Sean Myles at Dalhousie and Dr. Dan Chitwood at Michigan State University. When she’s not sampling vineyards across California, she is co-located at the Kentville Research and Development Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her talk will focus on the potential for crop improvement in apples using genomic tools. Her research makes use of Canada’s Apple Biodiversity Collection, located in Kentville, as well as collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.


OCT 5 – What I did this summer: AAAS Mass Media Fellowship at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Aaron Anderson, Oregon State University

Aaron Anderson is a PhD candidate in Dr. Gail Langellotto's lab. He is broadly interested in how ecological function can be incorporated into urban and agricultural landscapes, in particular habitat for pollinators and other invertebrates. On the side, Aaron is also pursuing science journalism and communication.

OCT 12 – Invasive pest species (spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug) and their management strategies

Serhan Mermer, OSU Horticulture

Serhan received his PhD from OSU Hort/Entomology with a minor in Toxicology in 2020. His research interests include insecticide toxicology, insecticide chemistry and residue analysis, pest management, horticultural entomology, and analytical chemistry. Currently, Serhan is a second-year postdoctoral scholar in Hort department and focusing on insecticide alternative compounds and their use for both spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug.

OCT 19 – Early dispatches from the Hemp Extension program at SOREC

Govinda Shrestha, OSU Horticulture Extension 

Govinda Shrestha is a new statewide Hemp Extension Specialist with Oregon State University, starting on June 1, 2021. Govinda is located at OSU-Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, Central Point, OR. Govinda hold a master’s degree in agrobiology and a doctorate in agroecology, both from Aarhus University, Denmark. Previously, Govinda worked as a postdoctoral scholar/postdoctoral research associate at the OSU-Hermiston Center (2019-2021) and at the Western Triangle Ag Research Center, Montana State University (2016-2018). His previous work contributed to the development of a comprehensive integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for potato, wheat, alfalfa and lettuce crop insect pest management.

In this position, Govinda will develop an applied research and extension program focused on hemp production and IPM program to enhance the hemp production economic viability in Oregon.

OCT 26 – Playing chess with invasive species: a never-give up long match

Gabriella Tait, OSU Horticulture

Gabriella is post doc research in Vaughn Walton’s laboratory. She joined the Walton lab in 2017 as international PhD student and in 2019 as post doc. She is interested in studying new approaches to manage agricultural insect pest. Gabriella does research mostly on Drosophila suzukii and Halyomorpha halys. She is focused on the development of new control systems. When she is not doing science, Gabriella enjoys hiking, reading and admire the beauty of Nature.

NOV 2 – A sweet relationship: Bees and canola production

Shelley Hoover, University of Lethbridge

Dr. Shelley Hoover is a Research Associate and Adjunct Professor at the University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Her research focuses on honey bee health and management, queen production and breeding, and nutrition, as well as canola pollination. Previously, Shelley was the head of the Apiculture Program for the Province of Alberta and has held Research Associate positions at the Universities of Canterbury (Christchurch, NZ) and British Columbia (Vancouver and Beaverlodge, Canada). She completed her PhD on honey bee worker ovary development, nutrition, and behaviour at Simon Fraser University. Shelley is also the current President of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists and past president of the Entomological Society of Alberta.

NOV 9 – Soil health for sustainability and resilience

Shikha Singh, OSU, Horticulture

Shikha Singh grew up in India. She completed her undergraduate degree from Punjab Agricultural University, India majoring in Soil Science and then went on to do her MS in Soil Science from South Dakota State University (2015-2016) where she looked at impacts of winter manure application on soil water runoff quantity and quality from small watersheds in South Dakota. She started her PhD in Soil Science in 2017 at University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she looked at soil moisture sensitivity to microbial processing of soil organic carbon which was a collaborative project with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and graduated in 2020. Starting January 2021, she is working as a post-doctoral scholar at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Oregon State University where she is looking at impacts of organic amendments on nutrient management and cycling in blueberry systems.

NOV 16 – Cherry Blossoms, Plant Phenology, and Climate

Soo-Hyung Kim, University of Washington

Soo-Hyung Kim is a plant ecophysiologist, and Byron and Alice Lockwood Endowed Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. He is also a resident faculty at the UW Botanic Gardens in Seattle, Washington.

Soo-Hyung received his PhD degree in Ecology at the University of California at Davis, and MS and BS degrees in Crop Science at Seoul National University in South Korea.

Soo-Hyung and his Plant Modeling and Ecophysiology Lab at UW study how plants respond to their environment at a variety of scales: from a leaf, to a whole-plant, to a canopy, and to the ecosystem. He works with cultivated plants, approaching his questions through a mix of controlled experiments and modeling.

NOV – 23 TBD

NOV 30 – How industry research can inform advancements in a pesticide risk assessment for pollinators

Dan Schmehl, Bayer CropScience LP

Dan Schmehl, Ph.D. is a Principal Scientist and global pollinator safety expert at Bayer CropScience with a background in honey bee husbandry and pollinator ecotoxicology and risk asessment. Dan has a BS degree in Biology from Messiah College (2007), a PhD in Entomology from Penn State University (2013) with a specialization in Apiculture, and completed his post-Doc training at the University of Florida in the lab of Dr. Jamie Ellis. He joined Bayer in 2015 and is responsible for conducting global pesticide risk assessments for pollinators to enable the safe and sustainable use of products for the environment. His core responsibilities include the development of novel methods and risk assessment approaches for honey bees and other pollinator species to better inform a comprehensive pesticide safety evaluation. He actively participates in several external working groups and research collaborations aimed at improving pollinator health. He currently chairs the technical committee of the Pollinator Research Task Force whose mission is to review existing knowledge and develop new data to improve the risk assessment process for insect pollinators. Dan has a wife and two boys that assist with our small side beekeeping business named Ridge Trail Honey.


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