University of California, Riverside

California Agriculture and Food Enterprise



CAFÉ Scholars


Scholars

CAFÉ Scholars are self-designated UCR-based faculty, extension, staff, students, and administrators who have an interest in research, teaching, and/or outreach within the continuum of agriculture in the broadest sense from cultivation to codon to colon to compost, from water to watermelon, and from turfgrass to temperature.

Ken Baerenklau

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Policy; primarily focused on issues related to water quantity and quality management; also non-market valuation of environmental quality; emphasizing use of mathematical programming and statistical methods.

Teaching:
Environmental Economics (undergraduate and graduate)

Outreach/Communication:
Primarily focused on urban water demand management

Matthew Burke

Currently the Procurement Supervisor of the Food and MRO commodities at the UC Riverside Campus Purchasing Department.His education and career has been focused within the food industry. He recieved his Bachelor degree is in Food Marketing from Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business. Spent the majority of his career working for Sysco Foods as a Category Manager (manager of purchasing). Interested in being part of CAFE in an effort to help bridge the distribution and marketing side of the food industry with the teaching and agricultural side. Feels that we can succeed in our objectives as long as all of these forces work in unison.

Anil Deolalikar

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Economics of health and child nutrition. Have worked on analyzing the socioeconomic determinants of child malnutrition in poor countries and the relationship between diets, nutritional status, and health status. Interested in identification of the most cost-effective solutions to alleviating hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

Teaching:
Economic growth and development
Population and demographic change

Outreach/Communication: 
Have served as adviser and consultant to several developing-country governments and international institutions, like the World Bank, in designing, implementing and evaluating nutritional and health interventions. Have lectured extensively on nutrition and hunger in developing countries. Have written numerous blogs and published five books and nearly 75 journal articles on these topics

Mohsen El Hafsi

Mohsen Elhafsi received both Ph.D. and M.S. in 1995 from the industrial and systems engineering department at the University of Florida and was ΦΚΦ Honor Graduate. He received a "Qualified Engineer" degree from the Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieurs de Tunis, Tunisia, in 1988. He joined SoBA as a tenure‐track faculty member in 1997. He was promoted to associate professor in 2002 and to Full professor in 2009. He was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for the 2006 to 2007 academic year to spend his sabbatical year in France at the Ecole Centrale de Lille, one of France's elite engineering schools. There he worked with host researchers at the Industrial and Logistics Laboratory on supply chain management issues ranging from coordination to performance measures and assessment. In 2007, he was awarded a $10,000 COR Research Fellowship (a fellowship program administered by the Academic Senate Committee on Research) for his proposal to work on supply chain issues related to contract manufacturing. His areas of research include operations and supply chain management, manufacturing and service operations, and production and inventory systems. He is the author of numerous articles that have been published in peer‐reviewed journals such as: Management Science, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, Production and Operations Management, and Global Optimization. Among the courses he regularly teaches are: Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision Analysis and Management Science, and Business Forecasting.

Howard Friedman

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Predictors of health, well-being, self-healing and longevity through the full lifespan; gardening; community gardens; health psychology; nutrition and physical activity; personality and health.

Teaching:
Health psychology, personality psychology, social psychology

Outreach/Communication:
The Longevity Project (trade book); President-elect, Western Psychological Association; Secrets of longevity (blog)

Theodore Garland

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Exercise behavior, physiology, and nutrition as they relate to health and disease.
Mice as model organisms.

Teaching:
Biology 105 Evolution
Biology 174 Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology
EEOB 220 Evolutionary Physiology

Outreach/Communication:
Garland is the director of the UCR Institute for the Development of Educational Applications. Their mission is to promote education and outreach through the use of online content and activities. Content that they develop will be geared towards classroom use in middle schools, high schools, and/or colleges, but anyone will be able to use it. They recognize the potential efficacy of many modes of online learning, and we will work with a variety of approaches, including tutorials, lectures, and courses. They welcome partnerships in all of these areas. Initial areas of focus will be (1) Organismal Biology, (2) Evolution, and (3) Health Promotion & Obesity Prevention. The first of these areas often falls between the cracks in curricula. The second and third are not only controversial but also plagued by misunderstanding and an abundance of misinformation in the popular press, including frequent sensational reporting. Here at UCR, and with their partners elsewhere, they have the necessary faculty expertise to offer evidence-based content in these and many other areas.

Thomas Girke

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
More than over 12 years of experience in developing and managing computational biology research projects in industry and academia. Current research focuses on the development of computational data analysis methods for genome biology and small molecule discovery. This includes discovery-oriented data mining projects, as well as algorithm and software development projects for data types from a variety of high-throughput technologies, such as next generation sequencing (NGS) and chemical genomics. Another important activity is the development of data analysis environments for the open source software projects R and Bioconductor.

Teaching:
Instructor of two advanced bioinformatics classes for undergraduate (BIOL119) and graduate students (GEN242).

Outreach/Communication:
In addition, Main instructor of an annual 5-day next generation data analysis workshop that is attended every year by over 75 internal and external participants from academia and industry. These events are frequently attended by many scientists from agricultural research labs (e.g. USDA and all UC campuses), plant biotech industries and AES specialists in California, and the associated online teaching material is also heavily used by many researchers from this field. Instructing similar events at external trainings events.

Steven Helfand

Steven Helfand is Associate Professor of economics at the University of California, Riverside. He was Chair of Latin American Studies at UCR from 2002 to 2006, and Director of the UC Education Abroad Program in Brazil from 2006 to 2009. He specializes in issues related to agriculture, poverty and economic development in Latin America. Most of his recent research examines the role of public policies in stimulating the growth of productivity in agriculture and reducing rural poverty in Brazil. He is the 2010-11 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in the UCR College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Kris Lovekin

Outreach and Communication:
Kris Lovekin is the director of media relations at UC Riverside and works to communicate about how campus research in agriculture helps to feed the world in a sustainable manner. She is a graduate of UC Riverside, a former newspaper reporter and a fan of community gardens, biological control of pests and techniques that make organic production more available in the commercial market. She is always glad to talk more about UCR research related to food, health and nutrition.

Milt McGiffen

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Desert agriculture, impact of agriculture on the environment, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gases, sustainable agriculture, biochar.

Teaching:
(Formal courses or periodic courses to the public.): weed management, organic agriculture, agroecology

Outreach/Communication:
Vice Chair for Cooperative Extension, Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist. Outreach to anyone involved in growing crops, urban gardens, and related issues.

Jocelyn Millar

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Chemical communication, chemistry and applications of insect pheromones, integrated pest management, biological control

Teaching:
Insect behavior, chemical ecology, graduate course in grant writing

Leonard Nunney

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Evolutionary genomics of the plant pathogenic bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. The goal of this project is to successfully apply the methods of evolutionary genomics to understand and ultimately control this bacterium that causes serious and economically costly disease in a wide range of agricultural crops, including Pierce's disease of grapevine. Other serious diseases caused by Xylella in the US include leaf scorch in almond, plum, peach, apricot, olive, blueberry, and mulberry, and there is serious concern that citrus variegated chlorosis, a disease currently restricted to South America, may reach the US.

Susan Ossman

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
I am an anthropologist interested in issues of comparison, socialization and globalization.

Teaching:
Teaches undergraduate courses in Global Studies and undergraduate and graduate courses in Anthropology.

Veronique Rorive

Outreach/Communication:
Development of Citizen Science opportunities; Environmental Education
Building international academic and research collaborations and exchanges, especially with Mexico

Daniel Schlenk

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Toxicology of Pesticides and Unregulated "emerging" chemicals to aquatic organisms.
Molecular mechanisms of action of chemicals in aquatic organisms (fish, invertebrates)
Use of Aquatic animal models to elucidate chemical modes of action in humans
Biotransformation of Chemicals in biota

Teaching:
ENSC 1 Introduction into Environmental Sciences: Natural Resources
ENSC 3 Contemporary Issues in Environmental Sciences
ENTX 101 Fundamentals of Toxicology
ENTX 208 Ecotoxicology
ENTX 205 Biotransformation of Organic Chemicals

Outreach/Communication:
Publications 195 (peer reviewed) 12 book chapters; 2 edited books
2012 Earth 101 Symposia "Where is your Water?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiZNYCxcuLo
2014 Long Night Science Outreach City of Riverside
National Public Radio Feb 2013; interview on the effects of Drugs on Fish
National Public Radio Feb 2005 Our ocean worlds; endocrine disruptors in Fish
NBC news 2005; Endocrine disruption in Fish of So. Cal (LA Times November)

Dana Simmons

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Author of Vital Minimum: The Science and Politics of Need in Modern France (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2015.) Simmons works on intersections of the life sciences and political economy, particularly the influence of Romantic anti-capitalism on scientific models of the body and the environment. Her current project revolves around chemical, environmental, economic, psychological and utopian concepts of “fixation” in the late nineteenth century. She is also working on a history of medical malnutrition and starvation research in wartime Europe, the American South, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Teaching:
HNPG 015 Hunger and Famine in the Modern World
HIST 107 Disease and Society
HIST 020 Twentieth-century World History
HIST 250 Technopolitics

John Trumble

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Research interests are rather broad, covering both basic and applied problems in agricultural ecosystems. Interested in how plant-herbivore interactions are influenced by anthropogenic pollution of air (ozone, acidic precipitation) and water (heavy metals, metalloids, pharmaceuticals). As part of this work, they investigate how increasing concentrations of contaminants impact plant physiology, and how any resulting chemical or growth changes may impact insect development and behavior in honey bees, ants, and crop pests. They are also interested in how pollutants will change gene expression and defensive chemical production in genetically modified plants. These studies on plant physiology have stimulated additional interests in how and when plants can compensate for insect damage, climate change effects on cropping systems, and how insects vector plant pathogens. Although initially of a basic physiological nature, most of this work ultimately finds practical application in economic threshold development, IPM, and natural ecosystem management.

Teaching:
Undergraduate level:
Natural History of Insects - Entomology 10

Graduate level:
Insect Plant Interactions 0 Entomology 241
Insect-Plant Interactions Seminar - Entomology 251
Research and Hypothesis Design - Entomology 242

Outreach/Communication:
Often interacting with officials in local, state and/or federal governmental agencies, and Trumble serves as UC Liaison with the California Celery Research Advisory Board. He also interact with private sector companies that have goals in common with the AES. Trumble connects with Cooperative Extension through participation in the Desert Vegetable Working Group and presentations at meetings arranged by Cooperative Extension personnel. Also communicate information to news media or public information outlets. Some examples are: 

Because Trumble receive funding from commodity boards, he frequently present results directly to growers.

Sharon Walker

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Affiliations:
John Babbage Chair in Environmental Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemical And Environmental Engineering (http://www.cee.ucr.edu/)
Associate Dean of the Graduate Division (http://graduate.ucr.edu/grad_admin.html)
Associated Faculty Member, Department of Bioengineering (http://www.bioeng.ucr.edu/)
Member of the Center for Plant Cell Biology, UCR Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) (http://genomics.ucr.edu/)

Areas of research:
General areakeywords: water treatment and reuse, food safety, public health
Bacterial adhesion to engineered surfaces - water treatment membranes, antifouling coatings, food processing equipment
Bacterial adhesion to natural surfaces - fate in soil and subsurface, adhesion and release from plant and food surfaces, adhesion of pathogens to human cells within the gastrointestinal tract
Nanoparticle fate and transport in groundwater, water treatment, wastewater treatment/septic systems

Teaching:
ENVE 142 – Water Quality Engineering
ENVE 171 – Introduction to Environmental Engineering
CEE 158 - Professional Development for Chemical and Environmental Engineers
CEE 225 – Physical and Chemical Separation Processes
CEE 264 – Special Topics in Microbial Fate and Transport in Aquatic Environments
ENVE 135- Fate & Transport of Environmental Contaminants
HPNG 151- Individual Projects in Research or Creative

Activity (seminar for undergraduate honors students)

Outreach/Communication:
Associate Dean of the Graduate Division - supervising recruitment and retention programing for MS and PhD students across university
Riverside Unified School District: annual science fair judge at school and District levels, advising on STEM curricula as requested
Riverside Community College: coordination assistance in regular STEM opportunities seminar series, research internship for RCC students.

Sam Ying

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Soil Biogeochemistry research including soil chemistry of urban agriculture, fate and transport trace metals and metalloids in terrestrial systems, microbially-mediated redox processes, wetland geochemistry. Specializes in soil solid phase analytical tools include X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS) and micro-X-ray fluorescence mapping and diffraction.

Teaching:
ENSC 100: Introduction to Soil Science
ENSC 232: Biogeochemistry
NASC 093: Freshman Advising Seminar in the Natural and Agricultural Sciences
ENSC 401: Professional Development in ENSC

Outreach/Communication:
HSI-STEM BRIDGE faculty mentor
AVID Environmental Science Program

David Biggs

David Biggs focuses on environmental history research including rice agriculture and science in Southeast Asia, irrigation and water landscapes, and impacts of militarization on rural landscape. His first book Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Delta received the 2012 George Perkins Marsh Book Prize. His essays have appeared in edited volumes and journals such as Modern Asian Studies, Technology & Culture, and the Journal of Vietnamese Studies.

Timothy Close

As a Professor and Geneticist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, efforts are distributed between research, teaching and public service. Research is on cowpea, barley and citrus in the area of Agricultural Plant Genomics, with national and international partners. This includes development of genomic research resources and, for the purpose of variety improvement, addressing the question "What are the fundamental elements of genetic diversity related to tolerance of abiotic stresses such as low temperature, drought, and salinity and resistance to biotic stresses such as insects, fungi, bacteria and viruses?" Teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on plants and plant genetics.

PoonamJot Deol

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Studying the effects of dietary components, specially soybean oil and fructose on changes in gene expression and metabolic profile in mouse liver, intestine and brain. 

Norman Ellstrand

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
The role of gene flow in crop micro-evolution as well as the microevolution of the wild and weedy relatives of crops. Also, the applied consequences of that gene flow: (a) the evolution of weediness and invasiveness, (b) extinction by hybridization, (c) evolution under domestication and crop improvement, (d) impacts of transgene flow, (e) conservation and restoration genetics, and (f) etc. Some empirical experience with crops and weedy/wild relatives in the following genera – Annona, Beta, Citrus, Raphanus, Secale, Sorghum, and Zea. Circa 100 relevant scholarly publications and one book.

Teaching:
California’s Cornucopia (a non-majors course: essentially, California crops as a platform for teaching an array of biological topics)

Teaches other courses do not pertain to topics associated with CAFÉ

Outreach/Communication:
Provides scientific information on agricultural genetics/evolution on request. Past requests have come from so many sources that they cannot all be listed here. Representative examples include: the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Greenpeace, New York Times, Monsanto, National Public Radio, Union of Concerned Scientists, Al Jazeera English, and the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, U.S.A.

Has participated in numerous agricultural-related policy activities such as those of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, Pugwash Conferences (a Nobel Prize winning organization) in Mexico and Cuba,, the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America (a NAFTA side agreement).

Cara Fertitta

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
General research interests are in translating plant and soil community ecology dynamics into innovative approaches for sustainable, diverse, and resilient agricultural practices. More specifically, the research investigates the use of crop diversity and biointensive planting practices as a tools for generating greater yields per hectare with the use of fewer synthetic resources. Additionally assesses the comprehensive environmental impacts associated with agricultural management choices via life cycle assessment.

Outreach/Communication:

  • President and Co-founder of UCR's Women in Math and Sciences Chapter (since 2013).
  • Co-Chair of the Botany and Plant Sciences Mini-GSA (since 2014).
  • bGSA representative for the Botany and Plant Sciences Educational Advisory Committee (since 2014).
  • Member and volunteer for the California Invasive Plant Council (since 2012)
  • Volunteer soil analyst for UCR's R'Garden (2012)

Jay Gan

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Water and soil quality and protection.
Environmental chemistry of classic and emerging contaminants, including pesticides and pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs).
Transformation, transport, bioavailability, plant uptake and risk mitigation of organic chemicals in the environment.

Teaching:
Introduction to Environmental Science (Lower Division, Undergraduate Level, 240 students).
Fate and transport of contaminants in soil (Upper Division, Undergraduate Level).
Fate and Transport of Chemicals (Graduate Level).

Outreach/Communication:
Water quality and protection.
Integrated Pest Management and pesticide risk reduction.
Clientele includes state agencies (State Water Resource Control Board, Department of Pesticide Regulation), farm advisors, pesticide applicators, and chemical industry.

Alec Gerry

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Conducts research on arthropod pests of animals, with an interest in insects as vectors (carriers and transmitters) of animal pathogens. Current research is focused on the 1) biology and management of filth flies, including the house fly, 2) vectorial capacity of Culicoides biting midges that transmit bluetongue virus to cattle/sheep/deer, and 3) integrated pest management targeting nuisance fly species in agricultural and urban environments.

Teaching:
ENTM 126 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology
ENTM 154 - Forensic Entomology
ENTM 154L - Forensic Entomology Laboratory
ENTM 255 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Research Seminar
ENTM 276 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Seminar

Outreach/Communication:
Website: www.veterinaryentomology.ucr.edu
Blog: http://veterinaryentomology.ucr.edu/blog/

Have appointment as CE Specialist and well connected to UCCE program and personnel that work in the area of animal agriculture.

Dietlinde Heilmayr

As a graduate student in Howard Friedman's health psychology lab, Heilmayr is interested in the effects of gardening on health-related behaviors and psychosocial outcomes. As an activity that produces a living product and requires physical activity, persistence, responsibility, interaction with nature, and often cooperation with others, gardening may be a promising endeavor that helps individuals thrive both personally and professionally. Graduate work is informed by previous outreach experiences as a nutrition and gardening instructor for underprivileged populations, and Heilmayr hopes this research helps to support the growth of such programs.

Darrel Jenerette

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Jenerette’s research addresses landscape patterns in regions including mixtures of urban, agriculture, and wild land uses.  Much of his research emphasizes ecosystem responses to climate variability and land use development.  He has recently initiated a research project on urban agricultural systems both to improve livelihood of urban residents and as a model system to better understand coupled human and natural systems. 

Amy Litt

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Plant evolution and development, the genetic regulation of flower and fruit development, and genetic basis of plant morphological diversity. Organisms: Nightshade family (Solanaceae) and diverse angiosperm species. Methods: Developmental and molecular biology and phylogenetics

Teaching:
Foundations of Plant Biology, Plant Biology Core, Plant Taxonomy

Outreach/Communication:
UCR representative on the steering committee for the Riverside Citizen Science Partnership

Neal Malik

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Not currently conducting any research, however, in the past Malik has published papers on the effects of diet on body weight, blood lipids, and type 2 diabetes

Teaching:
Health and nutrition (An adjunct faculty at Cal State Fullerton)

Outreach/Communication:
Helping others achieve optimal health through proper nutrition

Alan McHughen

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Impact of modern breeding methods, including rDNA, on agriculture and food safety and sustainability. Public education regarding agricultural production. Public policy to ensure safe, sustainable agriculture. International trade issues impacting American agriculture.

Teaching:
Occasional courses taught: Science for judges and lawyers. Genetics for the public.

Outreach/Communication:
Frequent interviews for internet/social media/radio audiences.
Presentations to technical/academic, semi-technical/industry and also to general public audiences.

Eugene Nothnagel

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Research is focused on the synthesis of methylated sugars in plant cell wall polysaccharides. This research is attempting to identify genes and enzymes responsible for adding the methyl group to these sugars. In addition to increasing our basic knowledge about plant cell walls and their function, Nothangel thinks results obtained in this project will have applications relative to production of biofuels from plant cell wall biomass. Teaching activities reach both undergraduate and graduate students, but current formal teaching reaches many more undergraduate students than graduate students, and training of research students is also focused principally on undergraduate students. From 2009 until the present, a total of 53 undergraduate students have conducted research in laboratory, and at present my lab is staffed only by undergraduate students and myself.

Martha Orozco-Cardenas

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
As Director of UCR’s Plant Transformation Research Center, Orozco-Cardenas is involved in research related to the application of plant genetic engineering  in basic research in order to understand gene function. Orozco-Cardenas is also involved in training  UCR students and visiting scholars in the techniques of plant genetic engineering. As a member of CAFÉ, Orozco-Cardenas would like to apply plant transformation technologies for crop improvement, to help find solutions to the most urgent problems related to food production, and sustainable agriculture in light of global warming and climate change.

Philip Roberts

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Research focus on nematode and root pathogen problems affecting field and vegetable crops, with emphasis on cotton, fresh carrots, and dry grain legumes (cowpeas (blackeyes), lima beans, and common beans). Projects focus on host plant resistance discovery, genetics and genomics, providing new knowledge and advanced tools for plant breeders for variety improvement. Cowpea research has a major international focus to advance food security with projects funded through USAID and the CGIAR system for application to sub-Saharan Africa. The latter effort emphasizes a broad approach to cowpea yield improvement by research on and breeding application of resistance and tolerance to insect and nematode pests, plant pathogens, drought and heat, plus grain quality.

Teaching:
Biology 5B (Organismal Biology for undergraduates);
Nematology/Plant Pathology 206 (Plant pathogens - Nematodes, a core course in the Plant Pathology Graduate Program;
NASC093 (Freshman Advising Seminar for incoming undergraduates in CNAS, emphasizing agricultural research opportunities at UCR)

Outreach/Communication:
Outreach in applied agricultural research is conducted through collaborative research projects with UCCE Specialists at UCR and UCD and UCCE Advisors in major agricultural counties. Field research trials also used for outreach are conducted on UC-ANR and UCR field stations and in grower fields. Funding through cotton, dry bean and fresh carrot state commodity boards provides direct extension and outreach to the agricultural industry.

Joel Sachs

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Nitrogen fixing symbioses between plants and rhizobial bacteria. Plant-bacterial symbioses in natural populations. Harnessing natural selection among bacteria to improve crop inocula.

Teaching:
Critical Thinking, Evolutionary Biology, Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, Species Interactions, Theory of Evolution

Outreach/Communication:
Guest lectures and field trips with RUSD-Stem Academy, public lectures, outreach to under-represented classes in the STEM fields.

Kurt Schwabe

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:

  • Investigate the economics surrounding agricultural production, agricultural water management, intersection between agricultural production and environmental quality, resilience and adaptation to drought and climate change, interactions between agricultural production and groundwater sustainability under changing environmental, economic, and regulatory conditions.
  • Investigate the ability of urban water agencies to address water scarcity and drought through supply augmentation, demand management, or institutional adjustments and the consequent impacts on rate payers.
  • Estimate the value of (non-market) environmental services to better inform policy making and the use of benefit cost analysis as a tool in policy making.
  • Using both econometric and mathematical programming techniques.

Teaching:

  • Teach courses on environmental and natural resource economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Courses will likely expand to include a course on California Water.

Outreach/Communication:

  • Engage in numerous talks/presentations/panels (e.g., invited, plenary, and keynote talks locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally) to discuss the economics of drought on agriculture; strategies to mitigate and adapt to drought and climate change; evaluations of the effectiveness of alternative urban conservation measures to address water scarcity.
  • Publish in technical as well as semi-technical journals, the latter which has a larger stakeholder audience.

Chikako Takeshita

Research area:
Feminist studies of science, technology, and medicine; Reproductive health and politics; Interdisciplinary studies of sustainable futures

Teaching:
WMST 181 Feminism and Environmentalisms
WMST 183 Feminist Politics of Food
WMST 185 Gender, Race, and Medicine

Outreach:
Informally involved in a number of environmental groups in the city of Riverside including the Food Coop, RCC community garden, and the permaculture guild.

J. Giles Waines

Research/Scholarly activity/expertise:
Main interest is in the genetics of rooting in wheat (and other crop plants) which has largely been neglected in 10,000 years of domestication and the last 150 years of scientific plant breeding. Most of the several hundred known genes in wheat are for characters of above ground organs, very few are for below ground organs. Root characters affect water and nutrient uptake, photosynthesis, crop or grain yield and grain nutrient content, drought and heat tolerance.  They affect anchorage and plant hormone synthesis. Root characters also affect the amount of applied fertilizer remaining in the drain water and nitrate or phosphate pollution. Lab is interested in optimum root size and how it affects maximum grain yield in particular soils.

Waines interested in genes that affect male sterility in common beans and the possibility of using these to improve F1 hybrid formation in these food legumes. Waines has minor interests in the adaptation of Chinese lilac species to Southern California conditions, especially for drought tolerance and multiple flowering throughout the year. Also has interest in development of new autumn sage selections. Waines is involved in germplasm conservation with wheat and its relatives (Triticum and Aegilops) and in Phaseolus beans. 

Teaching:
Teaches an undergraduate course in Plant Taxonomy and the California Flora (BPSC 133) and occasionally BPSC 011, Plants and Human Affairs, BPSC 104, Introduction to Plant Biology, and a graduate course BPSC 222, Origins of Agriculture and Crop Evolution.

Outreach/Communication:
Serves as Director of the UCR Botanic Gardens, and of the UCR Herbarium and give presentations on these campus museums to the public.
Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens
Development of the UCR Botanic Gardens and Herbarium

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