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Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty


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Bldg. 11, Rm. 230
756-1237
ssteinma@calpoly.edu
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Scott Steinmaus, Ph.D.

Department Head
Dr. Steinmaus received a BS in Plant Science/Plant Pathology and a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of California at Davis. He worked as a Staff Research Associate in the Weed Science program while a graduate student at UCD. He was a National Research Initiative USDA Postdoc Fellow Plant Physiologist at University of California Riverside in the Botany and Plant Science Department. He joined the Horticulture and Crop Science Department at Cal Poly in 1999 and moved into the Biological Sciences Department in 2005 before returning in 2014 to HCS as department head. His area of teaching and research is weed science as it pertains to weeds in agriculture and invasive plants in wild lands.

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 232
756-6137
wbrown@calpoly.edu
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J. Wyatt Brown, Ph.D.

Professor
Dr. Brown is a professor and the assistant department head for the Horticulture and Crop Science Department where he has taught for 27 years. He came to Cal Poly from LSU via Cornell after spending 7 years training as a postharvest technologist/physiologist. He currently teaches the courses Postharvest Technology of Horticulture Crops, Introduction to Vegetable Science, and California Vegetable Production. Dr. Brown's research interests center on pre-cut fruits and vegetables, plastics and modified-atmosphere packaging. Over the last 15 years, he has conducted studies involving broccoli and cauliflower florets; sliced green onions; pre-cut artichokes, sweet potatoes, apples and lemons; whole strawberries; pre-cut pineapple; chopped cilantro and whole herbs. His research on antibrowning compounds for pre- cut produce has resulted in a recently conferred patent. His current research involves evaluating transit and retail temperatures for pre-cut leafy greens, characterizing and testing biodegradable films for packaging, evaluating migrants from plastics due to sealing or during microwaving, evaluating plastics for heavy metal content, and determining the potential migration of heavy metals from plastics during the storage and microwaving of pre-cut products. Dr. Brown was designated the Outstanding Faculty Researcher by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences for 2013-14, and has been named a University Distinguished Scholar for 2014-15. He is also faculty advisor for Cal Poly's anime club, Minna no Anime.

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 237
756-2479
lgarner@calpoly.edu
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Lauren C. Garner, Ph.D.

Professor
Dr. Garner teaches classes in Fruit Science, including Citrus and Avocado Fruit Production, Pomology I and II, Enterprise Projects and California Fruit Growing, in addition to teaching Introduction to Horticulture and Crop Science. She earned her Master's degree from Cornell University and her PhD from UC Riverside. Her research interests focus on whole-plant physiology, plant growth regulators, and the development of cultural methods to increase fruit crop production, including that of avocado, citrus, and pomegranates. She was the recipient of the 2012 College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences New Faculty Award for University Teaching. Dr. Garner is the faculty supervisor of the Cal Poly orchards and a faculty advisor to the Department's Crops Club.

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 235
756-5382
dheadric@calpoly.edu
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David H. Headrick, Ph.D.

Professor
Dr. Headrick teaches Agricultural Entomology, Biological Control of Agricultural Pests, Vertebrate Pest Management and Insect Pest Management in the Plant Protection Science concentration. He earned his PhD from UC Riverside where he studied biological control of weeds and became a specialist in tephritid fruit fly ecology and behavior. His research on this agriculturally important group and other research has resulted in more than 80 published articles, book chapters and technical reports. He was the recipient of the 2010 College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award and conducts research on insect pest management in vegetable, citrus and greenhouse cropping systems. He has given 92 research-related presentations nationally and internationally.

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 233
756-2856
mhoffm11@calpoly.edu
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Margaret Hoffman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Dr. Margaret Hoffman received her BS through the University of Minnesota's College of Forestry and her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University in Landscape Horticulture. She owned and operated a landscape design/build firm for 15 years, specializing in ecological designs and sustainable landscape technologies. She recently taught at Western Illinois University as Assistant Professor of Sustainable Horticulture. Her classes included: Introduction to Horticulture, Sustainable Landscape Technologies, Plant identification, Home Horticulture, Landscape Management, Landscape Design and Turf Manangement. Dr. Hoffman's research interests are in biological filtration of natural swimming pools, stormwater management and native plants in the managed landscape. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Association of Professional Landscape Designers and the American Society for Horticultural Science.

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 251
756-6358
bkhoover@calpoly.edu
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Benjamin K. Hoover, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Dr. Hoover is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Nursery Production. He worked in the Pennsylvania nursery industry for a decade, growing and selling plants in wholesale and retail environments. Dr. Hoover earned a B.S. in horticulture from Temple University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in horticulture from Penn State University. His research interests include propagation substrates, nursery production methods, and landscape plant selection. He teaches Plant Propagation, Nursery Production, Horticultural Production Techniques, Plant Materials I and II, Experimental Techniques and Analysis, and the Tomato Mania Enterprise Project. Dr. Hoover serves as faculty advisor to the Horticulture Club and as the head coach for the Cal Poly SLO National Collegiate Landscape Competition team. He is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science and the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers.

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 249
756-6157
Lab: Bldg. 11, Rm. 106
kivors@calpoly.edu
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Kelly Ivors, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Dr. Ivors has 50% research and 50% teaching responsibilities involving plant diseases that attack agricultural and horticultural crops. Dr. Ivors teaches AEPS 323, Plant Pathology and AEPS 427, Disease and Pest Control Systems for Ornamental Plants. As a Department of Horticulture and Crop Science faculty member associated with the Cal Poly Strawberry Center (strawberry.calpoly.edu), her research program focuses on the population biology and management of strawberry diseases in California. Current research projects conducted by undergraduate and graduate students in the strawberry pathology laboratory involve: 1) the development of diagnostic protocols for the major soilborne fungal pathogens attacking strawberries in California, 2) the development and optimization of novel soilborne disease control techniques, and 3) the evaluation of host resistance, fungicides and cultural methods for disease management, with emphasis on Macrophomina phaseolina (Macrophomina Crown Rot), Fusarium oxysporum (Fusarium Wilt), Verticillium dahliae (Verticillium Wilt), Colletotrichum acutatum (Anthracnose), and Botrytis cinerea (Gray Mold).

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 226
756-7504
mlynch@calpoly.edu
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Melinda Lynch, AIFD

Lecturer
Melinda Lynch AIFD CFD is a Cal Poly Alumna, she teaches our floral design classes offered in our department. She teaches summer courses to the California Ag. Education Teachers. She is the advisor to the (SAIFD) Gordon Student Chapter of (AIFD) American Institute of Floral Designers. She coaches the National Floral Design team for SAIFD, they compete at the State and National levels. She is currently the Co-Chair for the Student Membership/AIR and a member of Certification Committee on the National Board of Committees in AIFD. She was inducted in AIFD in 2002 and is also a Certified Floral Designer with AIFD.

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 250
756-2858
mshelton@calpoly.edu
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Mark Shelton, Ph.D.

Professor, Emeritus
Dr. Shelton joined Cal Poly in 1982 as a Crop Science professor, serving as department head in 1996-97. He is a Registered Professional Entomologist with expertise in Integrated Pest Management, apiculture, and insect management. Dr. Shelton also has interests in international agriculture policy and development. Dr. Shelton served as Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture from 1997 to 2015 and was responsible for farm operations, and research and graduate programs. He also acted as a liaison with numerous industry partners for the College and University.

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 238
756-2870
atubeile@calpoly.edu
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Ashraf Tubeileh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Dr. Tubeileh joined the HCS Department in Fall, 2015. He is teaching classes in Organic Farm Production, Cropping Systems, Commercial Seed Production and is the faculty supervisor of the Department's Organic Farm, where he supervises students working as members of the Organic Enterprise project. He also helps to oversee the College's Sustainable Agriculture minor. Dr. Tubeileh obtained a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the Universit? de Lorraine in France in 2000. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) between 2001 and 2007. At ICARDA, Dr. Tubeileh contributed to the implementation of development-oriented research in close collaboration with staff from national, international and non-governmental institutions both in developing regions (Middle-east and North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa) and in developed countries. Dr. Tubeileh was previously at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada where he managed 14 research projects involving field, vegetable, and biomass crops. Dr. Tubeileh has more than 50 scientific publications.

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Bldg. 11, Rm. 222
756-2428
jcwong@calpoly.edu
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Jeffrey C. Wong, Ph.D.

Professor
Dr. Wong is teaching an introductory class and laboratory in genetics and is currently conducting genetic research with Stanford University. "The techniques and experimental approach I use can be applied to many plant species. Crop and vegetable species grown on the Central Coast could be used to prove the link between the basic science concepts and the field application," Wong explains. He also wants to design and teach a laboratory techniques class. The course would use the newest technologies to differentiate plant DNAs to help select genes that would provide the best plant types for cultivation.

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Department Staff

Name & Description Telephone Email Office
Megan Groom
HCS Academic Advisor
756-7574 cafesadvising@calpoly.edu 74M-A
Launnie Ginn
Technician, Crops Unit
756-2249 llginn@calpoly.edu 17-Crops Unit
Kristi Golin
Administrative Support
756-2279 kgolin@calpoly.edu 11-230
Trish Lyons
Administrative Support Coordinator II
756-1237 plyons@calpoly.edu 11-230
Johnny Rosecrans
Technician, Crops Unit
756-2904 jrosecra@calpoly.edu 17-Crops Unit
Chris Wassenberg
Manager, EHS Unit and Director, Leaning Pine Arboretum
756-2995 cwassenb@calpoly.edu 48-EHS Unit