Expert Details

Expert in Entomology, Insect Pest Management, and Apiculture

Expert ID: 734207 California, USA

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Expert has more than 30 years' experience in applied entomology, mostly in the areas of insect pest management and apiculture (honey bees). He has worked on many species of insect/mite pests of agricultural crops, structures (wood boring insects), medical importance (scabies mites), and honey bees (stings/biology).

His expertise includes knowledge of arthropod biology, behavior and management, with chemical and non-chemical methods.

As a consultant, Expert lends expertise on the identification of insect pests and their damage, evaluation of appropriate pest management efforts, determination of fault in honey bee stinging events, and other related fields.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Bakersfield, California - Salinas, California - Ventura, California - Santa Barbara, California - Santa Maria, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1989 Degree: Ph.D Subject: Biology/Entomology Institution: Utah State University
Year: 1980 Degree: M.S. Subject: Entomology Institution: Purdue University
Year: 1977 Degree: B.S. Subject: Entomology Institution: University of Idaho

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to 2020 Employer: Cal Poly Title: Professor Emeritus Department: Horticulture and Crop Science Responsibilities: Expert has taught entomology as Professor Emeritus.
Years: 2012 to 2015 Employer: CSU Title: Executive Director, Agricultural Research Institute Department: Chancellor's Office Responsibilities: Expert led this six-campus agricultural research institute, in which sphere he distributed over $4 million in annual research funds and disseminated results also.
Years: 1997 to 2015 Employer: Cal Poly. Title: Associate Dean Department: Coll. of Ag. Dean's office Responsibilities: Expert oversaw research and graduate programs for the 4th-largest college of agriculture in the United States. He maintained external partnerships within the industry and with other colleges and universities.
Years: 1996 to 1997 Employer: Cal Poly. Title: Department Head Department: Crop Science Responsibilities: Expert led faculty and staff in this diverse crop science department. He oversaw large field operations with annual and permanent crops. He worked with industry partners and the dean's office to support the mission of department.
Years: 1996 to 1996 Employer: Crop & Food Research Institute, New Zealand Title: Visiting Scientist Department: Entomology Responsibilities: He conducted research on insect pests of flower and fruit crops.
Years: 1982 to 1996 Employer: Cal Poly. Title: Professor Department: Crop Science Responsibilities: Expert taught and conducted research in applied entomology, including insect pest management and apiculture.
Years: 1981 to 1982 Employer: Oregon State University Title: Staff Research Assistant Department: Entomology Responsibilities: Expert conducted research on tree fruit and nut crop pests.
Years: 1977 to 1977 Employer: U.S.D.A.-A.P.H.I.S. Title: Plant Protection Technician Department: Plant Protection & Quarantine Responsibilities: He monitored grasshopper and cricket infestations across Idaho. He also aided in control operations.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2011 to 2013 Agency: U.S./USDA Role: P.I. - Training grant Description: Led Cal Poly effort to train pre-deployment U.S. military/State dept. staff on agriculture skills prior to deployment to Afghanistan
Years: 2001 to 2002 Agency: USDA Role: P.I. Higher Ed and Training System grants Description: Oversaw training/teaching programs for USDA via Cal Poly
Years: 1977 to 1977 Agency: U.S./ USDA- APHIS Role: Plant Protection Technician Description: Grasshopper/ Cricket Surveyor for USDA in Idaho

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2008 to 2008 Country / Region: Costa Rica Summary: Visited EARTH University to facilitate cooperative ventures with Cal Poly
Years: 2007 to 2007 Country / Region: China Summary: Visited three universities to give seminars, establish cooperative research/graduate programs
Years: 1996 to 1996 Country / Region: New Zealand/north island Summary: Conducted entomology research as visiting scientist at national lab - Crop & Food Research Institute
Years: 1993 to 1993 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Participated in agricultural/government tour of Japan as part of Japan Agricultural Exchange Council program
Years: 1990 to 2010 Country / Region: Various Summary: Provided numerous workshops/training programs for foreign visitors from government/university organizations

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Entomological Society of America; member since 1978. Active presenting research at branch/national meetings. Served on various committees.
National Assoc. of Agricultural & Renewable Resources Universities. Elected to Board of Directors
Calif. Assoc. of Nurseries and Garden Centers. Served as chair of their endowment advisory committee
Member, Univ. of California Postharvest IPM Workgroup
Sigma Xi research society, Cal Poly chapter. President
Western Apicultural Society, President
Licenses / Certifications
Pest Control Advisor and Qualified Applicator licenses via CA Department of Pesticide Regulation, 1982-2016.
Board Certified Entomologist, approx. 1982 - present.
Professional Appointments
Statewide member, CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation Pest Management Advisory Committee, 1999-2015.
Steering committee member, CA Food & Fiber Future Project, 1997-2003.
Regional accreditation committee member, CA Agricultural Production Consultant's Association, 1992-1995.
Awards / Recognition
Rotary Distinguished Service Award
Merit Pay Awards at Cal Poly (4 years)
Monsanto Agricultural Faculty Award (2 years)
Finalist, Cal Poly Distinguished Teaching Award
Elected to Gamma Sigma Delta honorary society, Purdue University
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published 9 peer-reviewed scholarly papers and 18 other professionally-related publications, most on entomological topics.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has served as an expert witness in 17 cases to date.

1. Scottsdale, AZ. Care facility patient with scabies mite infestation. Role: entomology expert regarding life cycle, control of scabies mites. Defense, Ongoing
2. Lancaster, CA. Honey bee sting incident. Role: honey bee expert evaluating alleged bee sting incident, bee behavior. Defense, settled before trial
3. Beverly Hills, CA. Honey bee sting incident. Role: honey bee expert evaluating alleged bee sting incident, bee behavior. Defense, Settled before trial
4. Phoenix, AZ. Satellite dish installer stung by bees on house roof. Role: honey bee expert evaluating alleged bee sting incident, bee behavior. Included bee reaction to pesticide use. Plaintiff, Settled before trial
5. Foster City, CA. Hardwood floors infested with beetles (private home). Role: wood-boring beetle expert regarding insect biology and flooring damage. Plaintiff, Settled before trial
6. Los Angeles Co. Hardwood floors infested with beetles (private home). Role: wood-boring beetle expert regarding insect biology and flooring damage. Plaintiff, Settled before trial
7. San Diego Co. Condominium complex with wood-boring beetle and termite damage to roofing and structural wood members. Role: wood-boring beetle expert regarding insect biology and damage to condo roofs. Deposition taken. Plaintiff, Settled before trial
8. Elk Grove, CA. Hardwood floors infested with beetles (private home). Role: wood-boring beetle expert regarding insect biology and flooring damage. Defense, Settled before trial
9. Santa Clara Co. Hardwood floors infested with beetles (private home). Role: wood-boring beetle expert regarding insect biology and flooring damage. Deposition taken. Defense, Settled before trial
10. San Diego Co. Hardwood door/window paneling infested with beetles (4 private homes). Role: wood-boring beetle expert regarding insect biology and hardwood paneling damage. Deposition taken. Defense, Settled before trial
11. Los Angeles Co. Customer of convenience store ate insect-infested candy. Role: entomology expert identifying moth pest of candy and determining likely infestation source. Defense, Settled before trial
12. Stockton, CA. Methyl Bromide poisoning of residents near strawberry fields. Role: assessing likelihood of MeBr poisoning in plaintiffs living adjacent to treated crop fields. Opined on legal requirements for field posting prior to and during treatment. Plaintiff, Settled before trial
13. Issaquah, WA. Hardwood flooring infested with beetles (private home). Role: wood-boring beetle expert regarding insect biology and source. Defense, Settled before trial
14. Fresno, CA. Insect contamination of palletized soft drinks in Pepsi warehouse. Role: entomology expert identifying pests, determining likely source. Defense, Settled before trial
15. Honolulu, HI. Insect infestation in wood cabinets. Role: entomology expert identifying pests, describing biology, likely source. Plaintiff, Ongoing
16. Ventura Co., CA. Honey bee sting incident. Role: honey bee expert evaluating alleged bee sting incident, bee behavior. Defense, Ongoing
17. San Rafael, CA. Private home infested with springtail insects. Role: entomology expert identifying pests, describing biology, likely source, recommending mitigation options. Plaintiff, Ongoing
Training / Seminars
Expert has attended numerous seminars on technical subjects (entomology, pest management, pesticides, etc.), as well as more general management subjects related to his academic positions as department head, associate dean, executive director, and other roles.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native Speaker

Fields of Expertise

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