"I was always thinking about how I can assist hard-working growers such as my father in being more productive in their farming practices, particularly to enhance resource use efficiency in their operations."
"I was hoping to find a position that combined my interest in research, livestock, and working with farmers. The livestock position with ANR provided all of that plus the opportunity to help solve real-world problems that could be implemented directly on-farm."
"Everyone at Lindcove REC is amazing to work with...their experience has helped us improve our techniques and identify new opportunities for leveraging technology to lower costs, enhance production, and improve the sustainability of crop production."
"To date, we have collected measurements from over 100,000 fruits. These measurements have allowed us to begin to understand the genetic basis of fruit traits, including fruit quality, for more than 600 varieties."
"Having access to a location such as the Sierra Foothill REC where we can test vaccines under conditions that closely mimic typical California foothills environments and where pinkeye occurs naturally in animals is, in my opinion, priceless."
"Looking back, I think that the summertime I spent at my grandparents' farm as a kid was critical to get in contact with nature, farming, and learning about the intricate operations to deliver great products to consumers."
"This year, we are looking at how recently developed cultivars of strawberry respond to a variable density of soil-borne pathogens – this can show what cultivars growers can use depending on their pathogen species and levels in soil, and what to expect."
"Avocado growers are a delight to be around. The industry welcomed me with open arms even though I did not have a background in avocado. They were all very willing to teach me about this special fruit."
"I decided to pursue ecology as a career because it provided both the intellectual exploration of complex systems, while also providing a pathway to directly benefit human well-being by using research to address management and policy challenges."