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Faculty

Faculty and Academic Staff

Thomas Burr

Thomas Burr

Professor
Expertise: Diseases of fruit crops with emphasis on bacterial diseases, including biology and control of grape crown gall
Juliet Carroll

Juliet Carroll

Senior Extension Associate; Fruit IPM Coordinator
Expertise: Development and delivery of IPM programs for tree fruit, grape, and berry growers
Marc Fuchs

Marc Fuchs

Associate Professor
Expertise: Research and extension on virus diseases of fruit and vegetable crops, their biology and management. Virus-host and virus-vector interactions
David Gadoury

David Gadoury

Senior Research Associate
Expertise: Epidemiology; Pathogen Ecology; Pathogen Biology; Ontogenic (age-related) Host Resistance, Pathogen Survival of Intercrop periods; Signaling and Environmental Regulation of Sporulation; Spore Release and Dispersal; Diseases of Grapevine, Apple and Strawberry; Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew pathogens of all crops; Interactions between Climate, Crop Phenology, and Host Resistance
Christopher Gerling

Christopher Gerling

Extension Associate
Expertise: Production of fermented and distilled beverages
Research Interests: Optimizing fermentation quality/ efficiency through applied projects 
Miguel Gómez

Miguel Gómez

Associate Professor
Expertise: Food Marketing and Distribution, Price Analysis, Applied Industrial Organization
Peter Jentsch

Peter Jentsch

Senior Extension Associate
Expertise:  Research and extension on arthropod pests of pome fruit, vegetables and grape in Eastern NY  
Andrew Landers

Andrew Landers

Senior Extension Associate
Expertise:  Pesticide Application Technology - Engineering methods to improve pesticide application in fruit and vegetable sprayers  
Gregory Loeb

Gregory Loeb

Professor
Expertise:  Insect ecology, Integrated pest management, Biological control, Small fruit entomology, Plant-insect interactions
Anna Katharine Mansfield

Anna Katharine Mansfield

Associate Professor
Expertise: Wine production methods; sensory evaluation; cold climate and hybrid wine production
Research Interests: Yeast Assimilable Nitrogen; phenolic extraction and retention in red hybrid wines; bitterness in aromatic white wines; defining regional typicity
Timothy Martinson

Timothy Martinson

Senior Extension Associate
Expertise: Statewide Viticulture Extension Program, with expertise in integrated management of grape insect pests and diseases.
olga Padilla-Zakour

Olga Padilla-Zakour

Professor and Chair
Expertise: Safety and stability of plant-based foods; formulation and processing of acid; acidified and water activity controlled-foods; juice technology; food entrepreneurship
Research Interests: Identification of key factors that affect the safety and quality of specialty foods produced by small-scale processors. Development  and evaluation of processing systems that result in safe; high quality; plant-based food products. Methods to enhance the economic viability of agricultural producers that manufacture value-added plant-based foods
Gavin Sacks

Gavin Sacks

Associate Professor
Expertise: Flavor chemistry; wine and grape chemistry; Chromatography and mass spectrometry
​Research Interests: Our lab studies how pre- and post-harvest factors affect the organoleptic properties (flavor; color) of agricultural products; including wines and juices. In addition to using a range of modern analytical equipment; such as GCxGC-TOF-MS; we also interested in developing simple field-appropriate tests for food quality parameters.  ​
Timothy Weigle

Timothy Weigle

Senior Extension Associate
Expertise: Integrated Pest Management for the commercial grape industry in New York and Erie County, Pennsylvania for over 20 years.
Wayne Wilcox

Wayne Wilcox

Professor
Expertise: Fungal diseases of grapevines, with emphases on pathogen biology, ecology and epidemiology, and integrated disease management