OSU Extension Service has assembled a team of content experts from the Department of Horticulture and the Department Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, and a team of communications specialists to develop this educational resource in both English and Spanish. The team includes faculty and staff, and contractors as well as in-kind and administrative support from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Clackamas Extension Department.
OSU PROJECT TEAM
- Project manager: Weston Miller, Community and Urban Horticulture Faculty
- Content developer for pesticide information: Kaci Buhl, Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator
- Content for developer for pollinator information: Andony Melathopoulos, Pollinator Health Specialist
- Other content experts in the Department of Horticulture are excited to contribute to the project
Advisory and administrative support
- Sam Angima, Assistant Dean, Outreach & Engagement
- Bill Braunworth, Head of Department of Horticulture
- Mike Bondi, Regional Administrator for Clackamas County Extension
- Paul Jepson, Director for Integrated Plant Protection Center
- Gail Langellotto, Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator
- Extension and Experiment Station Communications
Weston Miller at 503-706-9193, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Manager: Weston Miller, Community and Urban Horticulturist
Since 2007, Weston has provided effective management and leadership for the Master Gardener (MG) program in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. The MG program includes training over 175 volunteers per year in the process of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to help answer over 60,000 questions from the general public annually. This outreach program includes teaching MG volunteers to use existing IPM resources from OSU and other credible sources. As program manager, Weston has procured and administered total of $1,720,000 including $615,000 in competitive grants and non-competitive contracts offered on unsolicited basis, $573,000 generated through program fees and $532,000 in other monetary awards.
Pollinator Health Content:
Andony Melathopoulos is a new Assistant Professor who, since 2016, has been leading OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a state-wide pollinator health program. OSU’s work around pollinator health comes out of a mandate from the Oregon Legislator. Each year he provides training to over 1000 pesticide applicators on how to reduce pesticide exposure to pollinating insects, he hosts a weekly podcast on pollinator health and is currently working on a number of education products designed for helping homeowners and landscapers better understand how to manage pests while minimizing impacts to pollinators. He also sits on the steering Committee of the Oregon Bee Project, which coordinates pollinator health work across state agencies. He has over fifteen years’ of experience in pollinator health extension, which includes over 30 peer-reviewed papers, speaking at industry and public meetings, writing for trade journals (over 40 articles), conducting qualitative risk assessments for government agencies and developing public education activities.
Pesticide label comprehension and risk-reduction content
Kaci Buhl is an Associate Professor of Practice at Oregon State University (OSU). She coordinates the Statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program, working to educate professional pesticide applicators. On the national level, Ms. Buhl is the Deputy Director of the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative, which creates pesticide manuals, exams, and other resources for professionals. She studied Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at Michigan State University and previously coordinated the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) for over 10 years.