I am pleased to announce that Gustavo Sbatella has arrived and began work with COARC on August 29th (he filled the position formerly held by Rich Affeldt at COARC). We are very pleased to welcome him to the team and are very excited about the expertise he brings with him for the Central Oregon agricultural community.
Gustavo worked on his graduate degrees (Masters and PhD) at the University of Wyoming under Steve Miller, who is known for an applied weed control program focused on agricultural industry needs. During the last 3 years Gustavo held a Post-Doc position with Bob Wilson, weed science researcher at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Gustavo and I will share crop responsibilities based on our areas of interest and expertise. With a strong background in weed control as well as interest and experience in agronomic issues, Gustavo is a knowledgeable and versatile new member of the COARC team.
Gustavo was born and raised in a small town 60 miles northwest from the city of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires. After graduating, he worked in the production of a diverse variety of crops. It was during this period that he became interested in the challenges of controlling different weed populations. While working on his graduate degrees in weed science at the University of Wyoming he discovered his passion for research and teaching. Gustavo is a good addition to the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, and is looking forward to developing a working relationship with growers and industry to facilitate finding solutions and alternatives to area needs.
The search committee was chaired by Carol Mallory-Smith, with members including Don Horneck, Rhonda Simmons, Kurt Farris, Jim Carroll, Brad Holliday, Jay McCabe, and Mark Hagman. OSU weed science colleagues, Andy Holting, Dan Ball and Joel Felix, participated in the interview process. Thanks to this group for the time and effort you put into this process, and particularly Carol for the quality leadership you provided.