WSU Prosser IAREC 2015 Graduates

WSU Prosser IAREC 2015 Graduates

Name Degree Advisor Department
Diana Zapata Masters Hoogenboom Biological Systems Engineering
Suraj Amata Ph.D. Karkee Biological Systems Engineering
Hossein Sadeghi Ph.D. Peters Biological Systems Engineering
Jason Stout Ph.D. Davenport Crop & Soil Sciences
Jennifer Trapp Ph.D. Miklas Crop & Soil Sciences
Oritsesaninormi Blessing Oraguzie Masters Miklas Crop & Soil Sciences
Herma Amalia Ph.D. Walsh Entomology
Natalie Boyle Ph.D. Walsh Entomology
Nathan Brugnone Masters Whiting Horticulture
Hui Yan Ph.D. Grove Plant Pathology
Leslie Holland Masters Grove Plant Pathology
Spencer Marshall Masters Rayapati Plant Pathology

WSU Prosser IAREC 2016 Graduates

WSU Prosser IAREC 2016 Graduates

Graduate Degree Advisor Department
Courtney Grula MS Doug Walsh Entomology
Eric Gale MS Michelle Moyer Horticulture
Jacqueline Gordon MS Matthew Whiting Horticulture
Joel Perez MS Markus Keller Horticulture
Spencer Marshall MS Naidu Rayapati Plant Pathology
Justin Ruiz MS Ag Joan Davenport Crop & Soil Sciences
Patrick Scharf MS Ag Manoj Karkee Biological Systems Eng
Bhanu Priya Donda PhD Naidu Rayapati Plant Pathology
Golnaz Badr PhD Gerrit Hoogenboom Biological Systems Eng
Jeff Bullock PhD Ken Eastwell Plant Pathology
Josephine Mgbechi-Ezeri PhD Nnadozie Oraguzie Horticulture
Yunxiang Ye PhD Qin Zhang Biological Systems Eng
Nadia Valverdi MS Matthew Whiting Horticulture


June 2016 – Gale wins at the ASEV Annual Meeting

Eric Gale and his advisor, Michelle Moyer, at the ASEV Annual Meeting
Eric Gale and his advisor, Michelle Moyer, at the ASEV Annual Meeting

Eric Gale, a Master’s student in the Department of Horticulture, won the Best Student Viticulture Presentation at the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) Annual Meeting in June 2016! His talk was on Cold Hardiness of Vitis vinifera Roots.

An abstract can be found at ASEV 2016 Technical Abstracts.

Students Earn 2016 Scholarships from WA Wine Industry Foundation

WA Wine Industry Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Jati Adiputra is a PhD candidate in Plant Pathology at WSU conducting research into plant diseases, supporting our state’s clean plant work and improving management of grapevine red blotch disease. Jati was awarded the Clore Scholarship.

Carina Ocampo will be a senior this year in the V&E Department at WSU studying pests, diseases, and viruses under Dr. Naidu Rayapati. Her research project, Gambling with Grafting, recently won first place at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting & Convention. Carina plans to continue her education with a Master’s Degree following graduation. Carina was awarded the Clore, Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers and Foundation Fund Scholarships.

Caroline Merrell is a PhD candidate in the Food Science program at WSU. Working under Dr. Jim Harbertson, Caroline helped successfully develop a method to quickly and inexpensively separate wine tannins and anthocyanins, and is now using this methodology to understand factors that stabilize wine color, contribute to wine mouth feel, and affect tannin size distribution with berry maturity and wine aging. Caroline was awarded the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers and Foundation Fund Scholarship.