Erik Smith has been appointed to the position of Field Crop Specialist for the Central NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team, effective August 1. Erik comes to us with more than 15 years of experience conducting agricultural research and educational outreach as a graduate student, postdoc, and extension professional. He is a Finger Lakes native with family in grain and forage crop farming. He has a deep connection to New York’s agricultural community and is looking forward to the opportunity to combine his skills and passion into serving farmers in the Central NY region.
Erik earned his B.A. from SUNY Oswego in Biology and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Entomology working with Dr. Brian Nault and Dr. Elson Shields. He conducted post-doctoral research with Dr. Shields on the use of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) as biological control agents for soil-borne insect pests of field crops (alfalfa, field corn) and fruit. He then served as an IPM specialist for the Agri-Food Veterinary Authority of Singapore and a Research Scientist at the National Institute of Singapore.
Please join in welcoming Erik to his new role in Extension as Field Crop Specialist for the Central NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team! His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.