Alumni

Graduate Students:

  • 2019: Lori Koenick (MSc). Population biology of Phoma betae and management strategies for Phoma leaf spot of table beet in New York.
    • Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Educator.
  • 2019: Adrienne Gorny (PhD). Root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne hapla) in potato in New York.
    • Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University.

Post Doctoral Research Associates:

  • 2014-15: Amara Dunn, Post Doctoral Research Associate (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum).
    • NYS IPM Biocontrol Specialist, Geneva, NY.
  • 2015-16: Miller Lehner, Post Doctoral Research Associate (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum).
    • Research Scientist, Monsanto, Brazil.
  • 2015-17: Niloofar Vaghefi, Post Doctoral Research Associate (Cercospora beticola).
    • Research Fellow, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
  • 2017: Zach Hansen, Post Doctoral Research Associate (Cercospora leaf spot disease forecasting).
    • Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee.
  • 2017-19: Noel Knight, Post Doctoral Research Associate (Cercospora beticola)
    • Returned to Australia.

Staff:

  • 2014-15: Traci Hoogland, Technician (Cercospora leaf spot of table beet).
    • Graduate studies in plant breeding at Montana State University.
  • 2015-16: David Strickland, Technician (Cercospora leaf spot of table beet).
    • Graduate studies in plant pathology at Cornell AgriTech, Geneva.
  • 2014-16: Elizabeth Maloney, Technician.
    • Technician (PGRU, Cornell University, Geneva, NY).
  • 2017-18: Alex Silva, Technician (Beet pathology program)
    • Graduate studies in computational biology.

Summer Scholars (Undergraduates):

  • 2014: Jenna van Bruggen (white mold of snap bean). Jenna is currently in the Peace Corps.
  • 2015: Tilly Bartlett (white mold of snap bean).
  • 2015: Austin Lien (root-knot nematode; currently pursuing graduate studies in plant pathology).
  • 2016: Shannon Piper (root-knot nematode; currently pursuing graduate studies in plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison).
  • 2017: Cade Kane (root-knot nematode detection via LAMP assay; currently conducting graduate studies in fungal biology at Purdue University, IN).
  • 2018: Matt Schwarzkopf (mating type marker development for Phoma betae; currently completing undergraduate studies at Purdue University, IN).
  • 2018: Charli Morgan (quantitative PCR assay development for detection of Cercospora beticola; currently completing undergraduate studies at Hobart William & Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY).
  • 2019: Christopher Rivera Torres (virulence genes in Cercospora beticola; currently completing undergraduate studies in crop protection at University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez campus, Puerto Rico).

Undergraduate Assistants:

  • 2015-16: Kaitley Wozer (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY; graduated 2015).
  • 2016: Madeline Kinnear (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY).
  • 2016: Gavriela Carver (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY). CCE Intern and Beet Enthusiast!
  • 2017: Karen Luong (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY).
  • 2018 and 2019: Nicolette Nault (SUNY, Oneonta, NY).

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