Project Team: Present
The IPM PRiME team includes principals from the original team--Paul Jepson, Michael Guzy, Mary Halblieb, Wade Pronschinske,
and Kellie Vache--and includes new members, Kathy Blaustein, Peter Ellsworth, Al Fournier, and Wayne Dixon--and is very cooperative.
Project Team: 2008-2011
Dr. Thomas Green, president, IPM
Institute of North America, Inc. was the Principal Investigator of the
original NRCS CIG PRiME grant (2008-2011).
Dr. Pierre Mineau, research scientist
emeritus in the Science and Technology Branch of Environment Canada and adjunct
professor in the Department of Biology at Carleton University, provides expertise
on pesticide impacts on birds and other non-target organisms. He has been a consultant
in the area of pesticide impacts to several international agencies as well as governmental
and non-governmental organizations in Canada and abroad. Almost all of the risk
analyses in PRiME (2008-2012) derive from Mineau's risk analysis platform based on
comprehensive and quality-assured toxicological data, species sensitivity distributions,
and observational studies.
Dr. Paul Jepson, director,
Integrated Plant Protection Center, Oregon State University provides expertise on
pesticide impacts on beneficials and other non-target organisms and supervises the
information technology experts who design and maintain the online interface. Paul's
research interests in IPM include the study of pest and natural enemy population
dynamics in agricultural systems and have focused particularly on pesticide management
and side effects, biological pest control and the development of ecological risk
assessment for beneficial invertebrates.
Dr. Michael Guzy, assistant professor senior
research, Biological and Ecological Engineering, Oregon State University, developed
the PRiME system during this period of time. This included adminstration of IT
Infrastructure supporting software lifecycle management. He designed and implemented
the overall system design, including database structure, pesticide fate and transfer
modeling, and user interface. Michael has 15 years experience programming in industry
and academia on mission-critical, distributed, GIS, and web-based systems. Recent
work includes decision support systems targeting sensitive coastal ecosystems,
agent-based modeling and land-use policy, and regional biogeochemical modeling.
Dr. Susan Kegley, principal and
CEO, Pesticide Research Institute, provides expertise on dermal and inhalation risk
to workers and bystanders. Susan is an organic chemist with expertise in pesticide
toxicology, pollutant fate and transport; environmental monitoring and analytical
chemistry; and experience with pesticide regulation, pesticide data sources and
the pesticide toxicology and epidemiology literature. After 14 years of teaching,
research and curriculum development in academia, she worked as a Senior Scientist
for nine years at Pesticide Action Network North America, a non-governmental, non-profit
organization that works to promote sustainable alternatives to toxic pesticides.
Dr. Kegley started Pesticide Research Institute in 2006.
Wade Pronschinske, technical services
manager, IPM Institute of North America, provided design and implementation focusing
on aesthetics and usability of user interface components, managed and provided expert quality assurance
testing of the web application and databases, and provided pilot testing and user
training. Wade studied environmental ethics at Florida State University and has
experience developing web-based training and evaluation materials for the United
States Air Force.
Dr. Charles Benbrook, research professor
and program leader of “Measure to Manage: Farm and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability
and Health” at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington
State University, provided statistics on pesticide impacts on human dietary risk.
Mary Halbleib, Integrated Plant
Protection Center, Oregon State University, has over 15 years of experience designing
and evaluating educational programs in agriculture. An outcomes-based design is
at the core of the programs to support learners to gain the maximum changes in abilities
and skills, as well enabling program improvement over time. Mary's contribution
to PRiME outreach and evaluation continue to be incorporated into the PRiME development
Karen Benbrook, principal of BCS-Ecologic, Inc., contributed data entry and research
for physical-chemical and toxicological properties of pesticide active ingredients;
pesticide residues found in food; pesticide nomenclature; and quality assurance.
Jonathan Kaplan, senior policy specialist,
Natural Resources Defense Council, assisted with outreach to users, recruitment
of user testers and development of the sustainable funding plan.
Dr. Kellie Vache, assistant professor
senior research, Biological and Ecological Engineering, Oregon State University,
assists Dr. Guzy with pesticide fate and transfer modeling. Kellie has experience
with a variety of hydrologic models, ranging from three-dimensional process based
models to simple lumped parameter approaches.
Leigh Presley, project assistant,
IPM Institute of North America, coordinates communication with project partners
and outreach to potential PRiME users.
Samson Gimui, software developer, IPM
Institute of North America, assists with implementing new PRiME features and enhancements.
NRCS Technical Contact: 2008-2011
Joe Bagdon, Pest Management Specialist
and WIN-PST Team Leader, USDA-NRCS
Advisory Committee: 2008-2011
Steve Balling, director, Agricultural
and Analytical Services, Del Monte Foods
Joe Browde, project manager, California
Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
Ron Diem, director of quality assurance,
Andy Diercks, Wisconsin potato producer,
Michael Fitzner, director, Plant &
Animal Systems, USDA CSREES
Hank Giclas, vice president, Strategic Planning,
Science and Technology, Western Growers
Pete Goodell, interim director and IPM advisor,
UC Statewide IPM Program
Deana Knutsen, bio-intensive IPM coordinator,
University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
Bill Kuenstler, conservation agronomist,
Central National Technology Support Center, NRCS
Karen Lewotsky, certification director,
Patricia Matteson, environmental scientist,
Pest Management Analysis and Planning, CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation
Charles Mellinger, director of
technical services, Glades Crop Care, Inc.
Rick Melnicoe, director, Western Region
Cliff Ohmart, vice president of professional
David Pendlington, Sustainable
Agriculture Coordinator, Unilever
Tom Rabaey, senior research scientist,
General Mill Green Giant
Susan Ratcliffe, Extension Specialist in
Entomologist & IPM and Co-Director, North Central IPM Center
David Runsten, executive director, Community
Alliance with Family Farmers
Ann Sorensen, assistant vice-president of
research, Center for Agriculture in the Environment, American Farmland Trust
Joyce Strand, associate director for communications,
Christof Walter, research manager,
Sustainable Agriculture, Unilever
Mark Whalon, professor, Michigan State University
Martin Williams, vice president,
principle engineer, Waterborne Environmental
Cindy Wire, Agriculture Program, EPA Region
Minghua Zhang, University of California