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College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

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E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 52
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331

Phone: 208-885-6681

Fax: 208-885-6654

Email: ag@uidaho.edu

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Adjesiwor, Albert

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist

Albert is a weed scientist and extension specialist studying and disseminating information on best weed management practices in agronomic crops, mainly: sugarbeet, dry beans, corn and small grains.

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Agenbroad, Ariel

Area Extension Educator — Community Food Systems & Small Farms

Ariel leads and facilitates collaborative, multidisciplinary and multifaceted applied research and education in community food systems and small farms for Payette, Gem, Canyon, Ada, Owyhee and Elmore.

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Ahmadzadeh, Amin

Professor

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Albright, Theresa

Business Specialist III

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Anderson, Nancy

Administrative Specialist

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Anderson, Lyona

Laboratory Technician

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Arfania, Hamed

Postdoctoral Fellow

Cycling and transformation of phosphorus in tile drainage under conservation tillage systems. Intercropping and cover crops for increasing soil health in north and south of Idaho.

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Baker, Ashley

Instructional Media Designer

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Baker, Martin

Research Scientist

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Baker, Sarah

Extension Educator

Sarah provides programming focusing on livestock, specifically end-product quality, as well as range management and 4-H youth development in Custer County..

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Balderrama, Teresa

Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

Teresa provides leadership for various aspects of day-to-day 4-H operations in Kootenai County, including enrollment, volunteer training, dog program and a variety of local educational events.

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Barrington, Ann

Senior Director of Development

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Bass, Phil

Associate Professor — Meat Science

Phil applies industry experience to teach, advise students and others involved in the Pacific Northwest meat production and processing community; conducts applied research in meat quality with emphasis in beef.

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Bautista, Francisco

Research Technician

Francisco sets up trials and follow protocols for applications. He collects plant, soil and insect samples for analysis. He also organizes the data for publications and reports.

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Becker, Hydee

Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Dietetics

Directs the nationally accredited dietetics program, leads development efforts of the dietetics program, recruits and advises dietetics students, and teaches food and nutrition courses.

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Bell, Susan

Extension Educator — Horticulture

Susan is a leader in consumer and commercial horticultural education and provides practical educational programming for Ada County (Boise) and surrounding counties.

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Bertram, Melissa

Research Scientist

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Biersner, Heather

Executive Assistant I

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Billings, Eric

Director of Development

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Bingham, Andrew

Extension Educator and County Chair — Family & Consumer Sciences & Financial Management

Andrew is an Extension educator with a focus on financial management. Based in Ada County, Andrew works with community partners to provide financial literacy programs to individuals in need. He serves as chair for UI Extension, Ada County.

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Bischoff, Caleb

Feed Mill Manager

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Blanch, Leslee

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences

Leslee is a registered dietitian and certified group fitness instructor providing nutrition, fitness and wellness classes for the community.

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Bledsoe, Jacob W.

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist — Aquaculture Research

Jake works to improve economic and environmental sustainability of aquaculture production through applied research (fish microbiome, nutritional physiology, disease, genetics and water quality). Extension priorities included workforce development and marketing.

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Bohach, Carolyn Hovde

Distinguished Professor

Carolyn's focus is infectious disease with emphasis on the foodborne pathogen E. coli O157:H7. Primary interests are in the relationship of this human pathogen with healthy cattle.

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Bolarinwa, Islamiyat

Research Associate I

Bolarinwa’s expertise focuses on improving foods for human health and understanding their nutritional value. She currently supports research in the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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Bratcher, Sharon L

Administrative Specialist III

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Brooks, Erin

Professor — Agricultural Engineer

Erin is an agricultural engineer by training and is a licensed professional engineer in civil engineering in the state of Idaho. His research and teaching focuses on landscape hydrology, erosion, water quality, nutrient transport and cycling in forested and agroecosystems.

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Buchert, Charity

Assistant Director of Financial Operations

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Buck, Julie

Extension Educator — Family & Consumer Sciences

Julie's programming areas include health, nutrition, food safety, 4-H youth development and is the Bingham County chair. Julie is a registered dietitian nutritionist.

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Bunney, Stephanie

Financial Specialist

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Calabretta, Amy

Assistant Director of Marketing & Events

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Callister, David

Extension Educator and County Chair

David works to improve the agriculture and economic futures of Butte County working with adults and youth.

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Caplan, Allan

Associate Professor

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Cardona, Margarita

Chief Business Officer

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Carnahan, Kevin

Senior Researcher

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Carrillo, Martha

Field Technician

Responsibilities: Weed management, plant sampling, plant assessments, planting, harvest operations, post harvest processing, seed preparation.

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Carter, Todd

Superintendent, Tetonia Research and Extension Center

Chahine, Mireille

Professor & Extension Specialist — Dairy

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Chapman, Erin

Professor

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Charles, Joseph

Assistant Director of Budget, Finance & Compliance

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Chastain, Brandi

Management Assistant

Chen, Shiyi

Assistant Professor

Shiyi’s program of research aims to identify the role of metacognition in early science education and explores ways to integrate metacognitive thinking in learning.

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Chen, Yimin

Assistant Professor — Research

Yimin is a human milk researcher with 15 years of clinical experience. She investigates the effects of human milk immunomodulatory components on the infant gastrointestinal and systemic immune response.

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Chen, Jianli

Professor

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Chen, Lide

Professor — Waste Management Engineer

Chen’s focus is on value-added products from waste, mitigation of environmental impacts caused by waste, and dissemination of science-based information to help stakeholders make informed decisions, leading to positive changes.

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Chibisa, Gwinyai

Associate Professor — Ruminant Nutrition & Metabolism

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Christensen, Jessica

Student Support Specialist

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Christensen, Lauren

Assistant Professor — Mixed Practice Production Medicine

Lauren teaches undergraduate courses at U of I and WSU vet student rotations, giving students hands-on learning experiences to develop, integrate, and apply critical thinking and technical skills.

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Clarich, Carrie (Johnson)

Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

Carrie's programs focus on STEM, livestock, small animals, teens, leadership, citizenship and going onto secondary education.

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Cochran, Audra

Extension Educator

Audra provides education programming and resources in farm and forestry topics for Clearwater County. She also provides leadership for the county 4-H program.

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Colle, Michael

Associate Professor — Meat Science

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Collier, Robert J.

Department Head

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Colson, Julie

Grants and Research Associate

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Cook, Stephen

Department Head & Professor

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Corrao, Mark V.

Adjunct Faculty

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Cosdon, Courtney

Soil Health Extension Instructor

Courtney fosters collaboration between farmers/producers and soil health professionals. She also creates and fills the gaps in regionally relevant soil health resources.

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Crump, Alex

Research Specialist

I support ongoing research efforts, with a primary focus on soil and environmental inorganic chemistry; provide analytical assistance to collaborators; support graduate students; laboratory and field studies.

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Cruzado, Karin

Postdoctoral Fellow & IHHE Program Assistant

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Cumagun, Christian Joseph

Postdoctoral Research Scientist — Plant Pathologist

Christian leads the Plant Clinic which provides diagnostic services and advice to growers. His research projects focus on seed health and plant disease management.

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Dahan, Jennifer

Research Manager

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Dalton, Joseph

Professor & Extension Specialist — Dairy

Dalton’s research is focused on increasing the efficiency of artificial insemination in dairy cattle, including sperm dosage, heat detection accuracy, synchronization programs, AI technician proficiency and identification of fertility markers.

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Dandurand, Louise-Marie

Professor

Nematology: Globodera pallida biology, population genetics and control

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Davis, Jim B.

Principal Research Specialist, Retired

Jim previously managed the breeding research program’s field trials, regional variety trials and its oilseed quality laboratory. He currently works part time assisting in all areas of the research program.

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de Haro-Martí, Mario

Extension Educator

Mario works helping Idaho producers to manage and reduce the environmental impact of their livestock and farming operations while increasing their productivity, sustainability and workforce education.

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de Moura Pereira, Lucelia

Research Specialist

Provide training for lab personnel and support departmental and laboratory activities; oversight for proper maintenance and operation of instruments; and generate data for abstracts and manuscripts for publication.

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DePhelps, Colette

Area Extension Educator — Community Food Systems

DePhelps’ specializes in community food systems; small farms; organizational development, strategic planning and facilitation. She advocates for and uses community-based, participatory approaches to education and research to develop impactful programs.

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Dobre, Mariana

Assistant Professor

I have broad interests in hydrology and water resources. I strive to better understand how human and natural disturbances of the environment alter both the availability and the quality of water resources.

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Dodds, Bebe

Administrative Coordinator

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Doty, Erin

Director of Extension Publishing and Extension Online Education

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Doumit, Matt

Senior Associate Dean & Director, Academic Programs

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Doumit, Stacey

Senior Instructor

Doumit’s equine course provides an understanding of science and production as it relates to the care and management of the horse, including hands-on experience for students in equine management practices.

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Doumit, Hannah

Associate Director of Development

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Du, Xiaoxue "Rita"

Assistant Professor

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Duellman, Kasia

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist — Seed Potato

Kasia’s research focuses on seed potato production, with the overall goal of improving quality. Specific emphasis is on pathogens important to seed potato production and seed health and seed-related aspects of commercial potato production.

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Edgar, Don

Professor

Don instructs courses in agricultural education and agricultural systems management to develop knowledge and skills for future professionals in education and industry.

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Eigenbrode, Sanford

Distinguished Professor

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Ekins, Jim

Extension Educator — Area Water

Jim is the water educator for UI Extension. Jim runs the IDAH2O Master Water Stewards citizen science program, and in north Idaho, Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) programs.

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Ellison, Melinda

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist — Range Livestock & Sheep

Ellison's research focuses primarily on the effects of grazing livestock on wildlife and range.

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Ennis, Nikola (Betts)

Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

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Ensafi, Pooria

Post-Doctoral Fellow — Nematologist

Erickson, Luke

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist — Personal Finance

My interests include personal finance, with an emphasis on youth education. Areas of expertise include credit building, credit scores, investing for retirement, withdrawal strategies, financial goal setting and emergency preparedness.

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Eskelsen, Ashlee

Temporary faculty — Dietitian

Ashlee teaches a treatment model for future professionals and a recovery-focused mindset of healing and hope while breaking down stigmas and barriers associated with eating disorders.

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Etienne, Xiaoli

Associate Professor & Idaho Wheat Commission Endowed Chair in Commodity Risk Management

Xiaoli Etienne’s work seeks to identify core risks in the agricultural and energy sectors and offer solutions to address these risks.

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Evans, Clara-Leigh

Interim Idaho FFA Executive Director

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Falcon-Brindis, Armando

Assistant Professor, Research Faculty & Extension Specialist

Armando's expertise is in entomology and statistics to conduct basic and applied research but also to encourage students’ critical thinking.

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Field, Colby

Assistant Professor & Area Extension Educator — Risk Management

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Findlay, Reed

Extension Educator — Crops & Horticulture

Reed Findlay serves as a crops and horticulture Extension educator and county chair in Bannock and Bingham counties.

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Finkelnburg, Douglas

Area Extension Educator — Cropping Systems

Finkelnburg supports dryland cropping systems activities throughout northern Idaho. His collaborative approaches to deliver unbiased university driven research to agricultural producers and agricultural industry partners to solve ongoing production challenges.

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Fisher, MJ

UI Extension, Central District Director

MJ provides leadership and support for central district UI Extension educators. He’s also the Twin Falls R&E Center superintendent. His previous Extension work was around livestock production and promoting agriculture.

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Fisher, Matt

Area Extension Educator — Agriculture, STEM

Matt focuses on agriculture literacy with an emphasis on STEM to increase youth access to agriculture and STEM education throughout Idaho.

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Fitzsimons, Daniel

Assistant Professor

My research focuses on identifying the molecular processes that underlie the regulation of cardiac contraction and relaxation in the context of normal and diseased states, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

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Fonnesbeck, Sawyer

Extension Educator

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Freel, Angela

Director of UI Extension 4-H Youth Development

Angie Freel, Ph.D., has worked in Cooperative Extension for 27 years and is enjoying her role as the 4-H director at the University of Idaho.

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Gibbons, Jared

Extension Educator

Jared's primary focus and outreach is agronomy/cropping systems and 4-H. His other study areas include, regenerative agriculture, soil microbiology and horticulture.

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Glaze, Benton

Professor & Extension Specialist — Beef

Benton focuses on breeding and genetics, beef quality assurance, general management and reproduction. He serves as a resource for beef producers, allied industries, veterinarians, Extension educators and the general public.

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Goebel, Madeline

Extension Educator

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Gosz, Rusty

UI Extension, Northern District Director

Provide programmatic vision and leadership in the northern Idaho extension to engage both the university and communities through research-based education to help build a thriving, prosperous, healthy Idaho.

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Gray, Debbie

Director

Debbie assists faculty through all stages of the project development process: from articulating a project, identifying funding, editing and writing proposals, creating budgets, to patiently wrangling paperwork and managing funded projects.

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Greene, Steve

Program Manager

Program manager for the Idaho Sustainable Agriculture Initiative for Dairy grant funded by USDA NIFA SAS.

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Greene, Steve

Fiscal Director & Program Manager, Center in Nutrition & Women's Health

Steve contributes to the leadership team as the administrative-level decision maker to develop and advance strategic goals and objectives for COBRE in nutrition and women’s health.

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Greenwalt, Tammy

Financial Specialist

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Greenway, Surine

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences

Surine is a University of Idaho alum who enjoys working for University of Idaho Extension while working with consumers throughout Owyhee County and the southern region of Idaho.

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Griebel-Thompson, Adrianne

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist

The aim of my work is to ensure optimal growth and development of infants and toddlers through nutrition.

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Griffin, Madison

Administrative Specialist & Academic Advisor

Academic advisor for first and second year students in agribusiness and applied economics. Administrative specialist for AERS and peer leader liaison. Drop-ins welcome or schedule an appointment in VandalStar.

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Gunn, Danielle

Extension Educator — Agricultural

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Hafez, Saad

Professor & Extension Specialist

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Haggerty, Robert

Director of International Programs

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Hall, John

Professor & Extension Specialist — Beef; Cattle Management Lead, Rinker Rock Creek Ranch

The center is the University of Idaho’s primary cow/calf and forage research center. John’s program conducts applied research to enhance food production and sustainability of beef production operations.

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Hamblin, Stephanie

College Research Administrator

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Hamilton, Chris

Assistant Professor

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Hamilton, Melissa

Extension Educator — Community Development and Agriculture

Melissa's interests include rural regional planning, multi-modal transportation systems, asset/value based development, community food systems, and meeting facilitation and capacity building.

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Hamlett, Janna

Clinical Faculty & Extension Specialist — Food Processing

Janna works and assists the local food processing industry through TechHelp, UI Extension and the Animal, Veterinary and Food Sciences Department.

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Hampton, Dailynn

Publishing Coordinator

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Hansen, Kristin

Manager, Eat Smart Idaho

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Hansen, Lance

Extension Educator and County Chair

Lance offers programs and classes that focus on financial literacy, 4-H youth development and food safety. He is the department chair for University of Idaho Extension in Madison County.

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Hardy, Ronald

Professor Emeritus

Hardy is an expert in animal nutrition, specifically fish nutrition and served as director of the Aquaculture Research Institute.

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Harlow, Benjamin

Deep Soil Ecotron Senior Technical Engineer

Onsite lead for DSE daily operations, planning and commissioning. Assists with all aspects of the project. Provides operation, support and integration of complex instrumentation to meet research needs.

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Harper, Logan

Dairy Center Manager

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Hatch, Justin

Extension Educator

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Hatzenbuehler, Patrick

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist

Patrick performs evidence-based research and extension work on agricultural commodity markets with a focus on market structure and conditions for crops grown in Idaho.

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Heimgartner, Marvin

Assistant Professor

Heimgartner teaches courses in agricultural mechanics and skills such as beginning welding, shop practices and advanced welding. Students mastering the theoretical and technical knowledge as well as the tactile or motor skill.

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Heinse, Robert

Acting Department Head and Professor

Soil and environmental physics with an emphasis on hydraulic properties of soils and porous media as well as their characterization using near-surface geophysics.

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Henderson, Bracken

Extension Educator — Horticulture, Agriculture, 4-H

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Higgins, Lorie

Professor & Extension Specialist

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Hill, Teri

Administrative Coordinator

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Hines, Steven

Extension Educator — Crops

Steven Hines is the crop educator for Jerome and Twin Falls counties. He works in the areas of forages, cereals, cover crops, farm management and farm succession.

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Hoffman, Kacie

Director of Recruitment and Student Engagement

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Hoffman, Francine

Temporary faculty — Sports Dietitian

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Hoffman-McFarland, Katie

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences

Katie currently serves the county of Lemhi in the areas of community development, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.

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Holtmeyer, Talia

Meat Lab Assistant

Assistant to the Meat Lab manager in processing, slaughter of beef, pork and lamb.

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Hong, Zonglie

Associate Professor

He teaches general biochemistry and plant biochemistry courses. His research covers areas of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and genomics of plants, with special interests in cell wall biosynthesis, flower and seed development, and biological nitrogen fixation.

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Howard, Tasha

Extension Educator and County Chair — Family & Consumer Sciences

Tasha's expertise is in behavioral health. She has a passion for teaching and helping others live healthy and fulfilling lives.

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Hutchinson, Pamela J.S.

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist — Potato Cropping Systems Weed Scientist

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Inman, Robin

Administrative Coordinator

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Ireton, Heather

Administrative Specialist III

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Isaak, Diane

Management Assistant, Southern District

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Jackson, Chad A.

Operations Manager

Oversees the daily operations of the Aberdeen Research and Extension Center.

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Jacobsen, Tom

Extension Educator — Horticulture & Small Farms, 4-H Youth Development

With a focus on horticulture and small farms, Tom brings 19 years of experience teaching high school agriculture in Fremont County. He encourages youth to engage in agricultural advocacy.

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Jensen, Jennifer

Extension Educator — Horticulture & Small Acreage Farms

Jensen provides classes and workshops for adults and children in horticulture and small acreage farm production. She serves the citizens of Bonner County with one-on-one consultations for production matters.

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Jensen, Kirstin

Extension Educator — Health & Fitness/Nutrition

Kirstin emphasis is family and consumer sciences. She offers programming in health, nutrition and fitness to all community members, schools and businesses.

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Jensen, K. Scott

Area Range Extension Educator

Scott conducts applied research and extension programs in beef cattle, range and pasture management. He conducts the longstanding Lost Rivers Grazing Academy and range monitoring programs.

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Jiménez, Vanessa Otero

Postdoctoral Fellow

Vanessa evaluates how different soil management strategies (crop diversity, intercropping, compost addition, livestock-crop integration) can influence an agroecosystem through holistic approach (microbial community diversity, function, soil enzyme activities, etc.).

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Johnson, Shelly

Extension Educator — Family & Consumer Sciences

Shelly specializes in nutrition, health promotion/wellness programs. She is known for programming in obesity prevention, healthy food pantries/drives, smarter lunchroom, soccer for success, diabetes and nutrition education for low-income families.

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Jones, Linda

Technical Aide II

Isolation and culturing plant pathogens, analyzing seed phosphorus data, data compilation, operating FOSS Near Infrared spectrophotometer, performing beta glucan testing, participating in planting and harvest operations.

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Kahl, Kendall

Research Specialist

Kahl manages the Soil and Water Resources Lab where much of the research is focused around carbon and nitrogen cycling, earthworm ecology and soil health monitoring in regional conservation agriculture soils and native ecosystems.

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Karasev, Alexander

Distinguished Professor

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Kaur, Harpreet

Statistician

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Kaya, Jonah

Research Specialist

Jonah manages greenhouse operations and does oilseed quality testing for the U of I Brassica Breeding and Research Program as well as assisting the group with field trials and regional variety testing.

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Kayler, Zachary

Associate Professor

My projects focus on the understanding of ecosystem biogeochemical cycles within natural and managed ecosystems with an emphasis on ecosystem sustainability, resilience, diversity and adaptation.

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Kelly, Brian

UI Extension Web Coordinator

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Khadka, Kamal

Assistant Professor

Kamal aims to develop genetically superior Brassica cultivars by exploiting a broad genetic base through the identification and introgression of genes associated with desirable traits using advanced breeding tools.

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Kim, Haedun

Research Specialist

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Kinder, Cindy

Extension Educator

Youth development and livestock Extension educator working with Gooding and Camas counties outreaching to schools, youth and adult organizations focusing on STEM, livestock, horse, leadership/workforce skills and higher education topics.

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Knutz, Mike

Area Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

Mike Knutz supports statewide 4-H teen leadership programs and 4-H educators across central Idaho. Mike's passion is helping youth thrive through their 4-H experience.

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Konetchy, Denise

Associate Professor — Small Ruminant Medicine

Owner and clinical practitioner of a rural mixed animal veterinary practice. The practice emphasized strategies, of preventative medicine, herd health and client education. In addition I was a temporary instructor at the University of Idaho.

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Kruger, Kevin

Scientific Aide II

I maintain the lab and it's equipment. We research solid-liquid separation, nutrient content and best practices of dairy production.

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Kuhl, Joseph

Associate Professor

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Kumar, Vikas

Assistant Professor — Fish Nutrition & Nutrigenomics

Kumar’s research interest revolves around aquaculture (marine and freshwater); nutrition, physiology and genomics of aquatic animals. His primary research is to develop nutritionally balanced, environmentally sound and cost-effective seafood production.

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Lackey, Kimberly

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research on human milk composition, with a focus on the microbiome and infectious disease transmission between breastfeeding mothers and infants.

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Lane, Virginia (Ginny)

Assistant Professor

Lane focuses are on community and global nutrition; food security risks among vulnerable populations, international and Indigenous contexts; determinants of chronic disease; and multidisciplinary mixed methods approaches to complex issues.

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Larson, Mallery

Research Specialist

I assist with research projects involving the dairy, beef and sheep centers. I supervise and train graduate and undergraduate students on research techniques as well as ensure projects are compliant.

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Lawrence, Randy

Research Technician

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Leblanc, Luc

Curator & Manager of William F. Barr Entomological Museum

Luc has extensive experience in insect taxonomy (especially Tephritidae and Ichneumonidae) and managing insect collections. He implemented plant protection-related projects in Africa (1989-1994) and the South Pacific Islands (1994-2002).

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Lee, Katherine

Associate Professor

Katherine's research focus is highly interdisciplinary, using economic and ecological concepts in mathematical models and empirical analyses in order to explore feedbacks between human and natural systems.

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Lee, Siew Guan

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences

Siew Guan Lee is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Her programming areas include health, nutrition, food safety and 4-H youth development.

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Lent, Melinda

Research Specialist

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Lewallen, Chelsey

Instructor

Chelsey is a professional sewist specializing in clothing alterations, repairs, garment construction, patternmaking and textile sustainability.

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Lewin, Paul

Executive Director, Western Rural Development Center

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Lewis, Edwin

Professor, Co-Director of Institute for Health in the Human Ecosystem

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Li, Johnny (Liujun)

Assistant Professor — Precision Agriculture & Intelligent Robotics

Johnny’s research is focused on robotics sensing, control and computing and their interfacing with artificial intelligence and decision support systems for climate-smart agriculture, sustainable manufacturing and infrastructural management.

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Liang, Xi

Associate Professor — Cropping Systems Agronomy

Xi Liang is leading a Cropping Systems Agronomy program with focuses on crop physiology in response to abiotic and biotic stresses, irrigation management and alternative crop agronomy (e.g., cover crops and quinoa).

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Loomis, Grant

Extension Educator

Grant offers programming for small farms, soil health and cover crops.

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Love, Mark

Agricultural Assistant

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Lu, Liang "Jimmy"

Assistant Professor

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Luckhart, Shirley

Professor, Co-Director of Institute for Health in the Human Ecosystem

Luckhart is an expert in arthropod-borne infectious diseases. Her major focus is malaria, including innate immunity in the mosquito and mammalian host and interventions to block both disease and transmission.

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Lynch, Laurel

Assistant Professor

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Maas, Alexander

Associate Professor

Maas’ research areas include the allocation and valuation of scarce resources, with a focus on water related issues. He is an interdisciplinary, applied economist with a particular focus on the economic implications of resource management and local policies.

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Mahdavi, Shahla “Sara”

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Mahler, Robert

Professor — Soil, Water & Environmental Sciences

Robert conducts research on water quality and water quantity water resource issues in Idaho. In addition to public perceptions, priorities and actions taken to address water resource issues in the Pacific Northwest.

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Malek, Katie

Research Specialist

Katie researches for fungal and bacterial pathogens that affect potatoes. She assists with fungicide trials and sampling research plots as well as commercial fields to test for foliar diseases.

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Malek, Alan

Agricultural Technician

Alan conducts field trials for multiple chemical companies. Our research works with new unlabeled fungicides and the continued efficacy of labeled fungicides.

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Manker, Gretchen

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences

Gretchen is a family and consumer sciences Extension educator located in Jerome County. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and her focus is on health and nutrition programming.

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Marshall, Juliet

Department Head & Professor — Plant Pathologist

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Martinez, Sendy

Extension Educator, Senior Instructor

Sendy works as a 4-H associate Extension educator, senior instructor. Her responsibilities include 4-H youth development programming for underserved and minority audiences in both Ada and Canyon counties.

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Matthews, Sara

Senior Instructor

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Mayes, Iris

Extension Educator — Small Farms & Horticulture

Iris leads community-level UI Extension efforts in small farms and horticulture for Latah County.

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McDonough, Thomas

Sixth Street Greenhouse Manager

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McGuire, Mark

University Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean of Research & Director of Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station

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McGuire, Michelle (Shelley)

Director & Professor

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McGuire, Madison

Administrative Specialist

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McIntosh, Christopher

Department Head, Professor

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McKinney, Lindsey

Research Aide — Seed

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Meeks, Will

Minor Use Pesticide Specialist

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Meyer, Sonya

Professor & Collections Manager

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Miller, Tina

Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

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Mills, Rebecca

Extension Educator — Livestock & 4-H Youth Development

Rebecca's focus in Gem and Boise counties and within the southern district is livestock, small farms and 4-H youth development programming.

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Miner, Katie

Associate Director and Senior Instructor

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Minnich, Scott

Professor

Scott's focus is on bacterial pathogenesis of Yersinia enterocolitica and Y. pestis, etiologic agents of yersiniosis and bubonic plague respectively; and ability to suppress the innate immune response of mammalian hosts.

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Moller, Greg

Professor

Greg’s focus is to advance sustainability by developing new knowledge and innovations in the area of sustainable solutions for water resources impacting individuals, communities and environmental quality globally.

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Momont, Patrick

UI Extension, Southern District Director; Superintendent

Pat’s experience includes serving as a state beef Extension specialist, conducting joint research and extension projects involving cow nutrition, grazing behavior, retained ownership and alternative forages.

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Moore-Kriwox, Amanda

Program Specialist, Academic Coordinator

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Morrisroe-Aman, Bridget

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. Morrisroe-Aman is a family and consumer sciences (FCS) assistant professor, in Ada County, focused on nutrition, health and food safety. She leads the district Diabetes Prevention Program and co-leads the district Master Food Safety Advisor volunteer programs.

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Murdoch, Brenda

Associate Professor

Murdoch’s research focuses on characterizing the relationship between genetic variation in mammals and traits which are valued and important to society. She exploits a number of molecular and genetic tools to further improve our understanding of how these variations affect biological processes of both undesirable and desirable phenotypic traits.

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Murdock, Sharon

Student Services Manager

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Myers, Cheyanne

Extension Educator — Livestock & Small Acreage

Cheyanne runs educational programs focused on small acreage land ownership. She specializes in livestock nutrition and hosts programs for producers, both youth and adults, and advocates for women in agriculture.

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Nagy, Kyle

Superintendent & Orchard Operations Manager

Kyle Nagy is responsible for the operations at Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center. The center includes a USDA Certified Organic orchard that specializes in antique and heirloom fruit varieties.

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Nasados, James

Meat Science Lab Manager

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Nash, Scott

Regional 4-H Youth Development Educator

Scott provides 4-H leadership in 14 eastern Idaho counties as well as statewide leadership in 4-H animal science.

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Nielsen, Barbara

Research Support Scientist

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Nkuekam, Gilbert Kamgan

Postdoctoral Researcher

My research focuses on characterizing soil microbial diversity and identifying the pathogens associated with soil-borne diseases in potatoes.

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Nunes, Savanah

Media and Communications Manager

Savanah's focus is to keep the public up to date on the research and advancement of the Idaho Sustainable Agriculture Initiative for Dairy grant through the grant's several media platforms.

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O'Brien, Klae

Extension Educator — Agriculture & 4-H Youth Development

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O'Connell, John

Assistant Director of Communications

John will write stories, press releases, newsletters and otherwise share the important research and workings of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

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O'Donnell, Tyler

Extension Educator

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Odubiyi, Steven

Research Support Scientist 1

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Olsen, Nora

Professor & Extension Specialist — Potato

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Parrella, Michael P.

Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

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Paszczynski, Andrzej J.

Professor Emeritus

Andrzej focus is to discern and verify the unique proteins (biomarkers) that infer directly or indirectly the functional aspects of microbial tolerance of the extreme environmental conditions.

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Patten, Roy

Farm Operations Supervisor

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Patterson, Ron

Extension Educator — Horticulture/Agriculture

Ron has extensive experience in horticulture and agriculture, with emphasis in weed control, and beneficial and pest insects.

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Petty, Barbara

Associate Dean & Director of UI Extension

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Peutz, Joey

Extension Educator

Joey Peutz serves as the county chair as she develops, teaches and evaluates nutrition and food safety programs for adults and children in Payette County and a nine-county district.

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Piaskowski, Julia

Director of Statistical Programs

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Pittsley, David

Assistant to the Dean & Senior Associate Dean

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Powell, Matt

Professor

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Prather, Timothy

Professor & Senior Associate Director of Rangeland Center

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Proett, Makayla

Beef Feedlot Manager

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Qualls, Ph.D., P.E., Russell

Associate Professor, Idaho State Climatologist

Campus: Moscow
Courses: environmental hydrology, northwest climate and water resources change, engineering fluid mechanics
Areas of Expertise: satellite remote sensing of mountain snowpack, snowmelt runoff modeling, modeling of evapotranspiration

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Reese, Carrie

Management Assistant

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Rezamand, Pedram

Professor

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Richel, Karen

Extension Educator — Financial Literacy

Karen provides basic “K through Gray” financial education and counsels clients as an accredited financial counselor and a certified money coach for 10 north Idaho counties.

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Robertson, Amy

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences & 4-H

Amy provides a variety of workshops, classes and other learning opportunities in food safety, nutrition and healthy living. She also organizes and implements 4-H youth development events for local youth.

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Robison, Clarence

Research Associate II

My research include surface water quality, water use by crops/vegetation, instrumentation of non-agricultural areas collecting meteorological data Also supervise the laboratory technicians and maintain the databases and equipment.

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Roe, Annie J.

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist; Director, Eat Smart Idaho

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Roe, Christina (Allen)

Administrative Financial Specialist, Eat Smart Idaho

Assist the director and state coordinator for Eat Smart Idaho. Manage and project multiple budgets and personnel actions for Eat Smart Idaho throughout Idaho.

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Roland, Tyanne

Extension Educator

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Ropski, Beth

Temporary Faculty

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Ruhoff, Norm

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Rumford, Debra

CALS Web Coordinator

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Ryu, Jae Hyeon

Professor

My research is on drought monitoring and forecasting, hydrological modeling, and water resources planning and management in a changing global environment associated with urbanization and climate variability. Continue in biography.

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Saam, Mark

Senior Agricultural Technician

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Sagers, Joseph

Extension Educator — Agronomy

Joseph specializes in agronomy and livestock, with a emphasis on forage production, grazing management and Spanish programs.

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Sant, Laura

Extension Educator — Health/Nutrition/Food Safety & 4-H

Laura provides community education to residents in Franklin County. She is also a registered dietitian nutritionist and licensed dietitian in Idaho and nationally recognized for her work.

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Scharff, Kelci

Dairy Center Assistant Manager

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Schnepf, Chris

Area Extension Educator — Forestry

Chris provides workshops, short courses, field days, publications, videos and other learning opportunities on applied forest ecology and silviculture for family forest owners, loggers and professional foresters.

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Schoepflin, Carly

Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives

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Schott, Linda

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist — Nutrient & Waste Management

Linda addresses the needs of stakeholders in southern Idaho related to the impacts of nutrient and livestock waste management and other land management practices on soil health and water quality.

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Schroeder, Brenda

Associate Research Professor

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Schroeder, Kurtis

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist — Cropping Systems Agronomist

Kurtis’ research focus is improving cereal-based cropping systems through a combination of crop rotation, nutrient management and agronomic inputs. He directs the small grain and grain legume variety trials for northern Idaho.

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Schwarting, Donna

Extension Educator — 4-H Volunteer Development

As part of UI Extension 4-H Youth Development, I oversee the volunteer management system and provide support to county Extension personnel in recruitment, training and retention of 4-H volunteers statewide.

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Schwarzläender, Mark

Professor; Associate Director of Center for Research on Invasive Species

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Scott, Danielle

Extension Educator

Danielle has been in extension for over seven years. She has been in education for over 30 years. Her specialty areas include S.T.E.A.M. education, youth life skills and trauma resilience.

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Shelman, Tod

Scientific Aide II

Responsibilities: Plot herbicide treatment, weed management, barley quality data, seed preparation, data compilation, equipment operation, fabrication and maintenance.

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Shelstad, Nancy

Area Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

Nancy provides leadership to design, develop and implement programs such as New 4-H Volunteer Orientation, innovative youth programming, orientation to 4-H and promotes Positive Youth Development in youth programming statewide.

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Silkwood, Gail

Extension Educator

Gail provides leadership for the 4-H program, UpRiver Afterschool, youth development camps and teaches the master gardener program in Benewah County. She also provides educational resources in agriculture and livestock topics.

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Skibiel, Amy

Associate Professor — Lactation Physiology

Skibiel’s research interests lie at the intersection of lactation biology, maternal effects and performance. These topics are studied using observational and experimental approaches and from both evolutionary and dairy production perspectives.

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Small, Meranda

Extension Educator

Meranda provides education programming and resources focused on livestock topics, specifically beef cattle production. She also provides leadership for the county 4-H program.

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Smith, Kasee

Assistant Professor

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Smith, Zachary

Research Specialist

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Spackman, Jared

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist — Barley Agronomy

Jared researches sustainable irrigated and dryland barley production strategies with emphasis on soil nutrient management for yield, end-use quality (malt, feed and food), plant health, and soil and water quality.

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Sparks, Michael "Kevin"

Operations Supervisor

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Spear, Rhett

Assistant Professor

Agronomic and economic evaluations of new potato varieties through cultural management trials and new variety selection.

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Spencer, Marnie R.

UI Extension, Eastern District Director

Marnie is the University of Idaho Extension, Eastern District director, supporting Extension in 14 southeastern counties.

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Sponseller, Claire

Area Extension Educator — 4-H STEM

Claire provides leadership for the Idaho Think Make Create Labs in addition to expanding resources and access to STEM education on a statewide level.

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Sprinkle, Jim

Professor & Extension Specialist — Beef

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Srivastava, Anurag

Research Scholar

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Stafford, Melinda Jean

Director of Development

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Stewart, Lynna

Graphic Designer

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Stokes, Brad

Extension Educator — Horticulture

Brad specializes in horticulture and entomology, serving Canyon County and the Master Gardener program.

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Strawn, Daniel

Professor — Environmental Soil Chemistry

My Environmental Soil Chemistry program is focused on gaining a better understanding of reaction processes in the environment to gain new insights into contaminant and nutrient speciation, reaction pathways, and mineralogy in soil and water systems.

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Stribling, Aubrey

Administrative Coordinator

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Strickland, Michael S.

Research Associate Professor

My research interests are the interface between soil, microbial and ecosystem ecology. Soils, as well as the microbial communities and ecosystem processes supported by soils, are some of the most imperiled systems on the planet.

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Stuen, Andrea Noble

Research Specialist

Manage the Arthropod Molecular Systematics Lab and contribute to new research with Chris Hamilton and graduate students.

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Swenson, Sarah

Administrative Coordinator

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Tate, Kimberly

Extension Educator, Senior Instructor

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Tedder, Makayla

Administrative Coordinator

Makayla assists students and faculty within the Plant Sciences Department with any questions or concerns they may have.

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Teixeira, Izabelle

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist — Dairy

Teixeira’s research focuses on improving our understanding of nutrient utilization and animal efficiency to reduce the impact of ruminant production on the environment and enhance sustainability of ruminant production systems.

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Teixeira, Gustavo

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist — Potato Postharvest Physiologist

My research addresses the challenges of reducing potato postharvest losses focusing on the physiological and biochemical modifications, and to create support for the Idaho potato growers, processors and shippers.

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Tejeda, Hernan

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist

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Thornton, Mike

Professor, Plant Sciences & Faculty Administrator, Parma

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Tifft, Kathee

Extension Educator and County Chair — Community Development, Family & Consumer Sciences

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Toomey, Maureen

Area Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

Toomey directs the 4-H nutrition, physical activity, wellbeing the visual arts. To support these programs, she leads the teen advocates for health, well-being and the visual arts.

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Trujillo-Barrera, Andres

Associate Professor & Director, Agricultural Commodity Risk Management Program

Andres' research deals with understanding the role of risk on marketing and finance strategies in the food and agricultural industry.

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Tsao, Ling-Ling

Associate Professor

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Unlu, Gulhan

Professor

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Ure, Kari

Extension Educator

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Van Buren, Jessie

Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

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VanLeuven, James

Assistant Professor

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Vaughan, Chandra

Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

Chandra provides leadership, instruction and support for 4-H youth development programs focusing on youth development, adult volunteer development, youth education program development, expanding partnerships and participation, and membership growth.

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Vermaas, Lori

Publishing Editor

I copy edit and proofread all peer-accepted manuscripts to UI Extension, shepherd submissions through all production stages and serve as a liaison between authors and production staff, among many other duties.

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Vinci, Dino

Sheep Center Manager

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Wagoner, R. Kent

Senior Agricultural Technician

Operate farm equipment, irrigate and assist the farm operations supervisor as needed.

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Wahl, Lori

Senior Instructor

I teach design, apparel technology and industry-aligned courses with emphasis on applied learning through projects that simulate industry processes. I enthusiastically support undergraduate research projects and entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Wakefield, Robyn

Grants Specialist

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Wang, Yueguang

Research Associate

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Waters, Holly

Project Administrator

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Watson, Philip

Professor

Watson is a natural resource and regional development economist whose research focuses on the role of natural resources in the economic health of communities and evidence based economic development planning.

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Wenninger, Erik

Professor & Extension Specialist, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator

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Werlin, Jennifer

Extension Educator — Community Food Systems

Jennifer provides educational programs associated with enhancing local agriculture, community food systems and 4-H youth development. Her interests include healthy seasonal cooking, gardening, season extension, food security and permaculture design.

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West, Andres “Andy”

Extension Educator — Horticulture

I use my experience and education in horticulture to teach the public about landscape sustainability through conservation, fruit and vegetable production, native plants and Waterwise landscaping.

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Wharton, Phillip

Associate Professor

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White, Trevor

Academic Advisor & Peer Leader Liaison

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Wickwar, Desireè

Program Manager — Integrated Pest Management-Extension Implementation Program

Desireè works with University of Idaho personnel statewide to accomplish the Integrated Pest Management-Extension Implementation Program goals, create and share resources that encourage use of IPM, and report to USDA-NIFA.

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Wilder, Brett

Assistant Professor & Area Extension Educator — Farm Business Management

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Williams, Janet

Senior Research Scientist

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Williams, Shannon

Extension Educator and County Chair — Agriculture & Natural Resources

Shannon serves as county chair for UI Extension, Lemhi County. Her focus areas are beef production, noxious weeds, 4-H livestock and community leadership.

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Willis, Dayna

Assistant Director of Employee Engagement & Operations

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Willmore, Carmen

Extension Educator — Livestock & 4-H

Carmen provides educational opportunities related to livestock and 4-H youth development.

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Wilson, Linda

Financial Specialist

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Windh, Jessica

Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist — Rangeland & Natural Resource Economic

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Winfree, Jason

Professor

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Wittman, Grace

Extension Educator

I provide leadership in the areas of food safety, food preservation, nutrition and youth development. I focus primarily on food preservation classes, hand washing education and cooking skills classes.

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Wolf, Kattlyn

Interim Department Head

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Woodhall, James

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist — Plant Pathologist

James offers a range of diagnostic tests and advice to growers. His research program characterizes plant pathogens and developing new diagnostic methods for diseases across a range of crops.

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Wray, Paige

Extension Educator — 4-H Youth Development

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Wu, Ying

Manus Entomological Laboratory Research Support Scientist

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Xiao, Fangming

Professor

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Young, Kaitilyn

Executive Assistant I

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Contact

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 52
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331

Phone: 208-885-6681

Fax: 208-885-6654

Email: ag@uidaho.edu

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