Scott Lukas, Program Director

Scott Lukas joined Oregon State University in 2016, based at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC).  His research program focuses on optimizing horticultural crop productivity with an emphasis on fostering environmentally sound approaches.  


PhD. Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2015.

Dissertation title: Characterization of dormancy, establishment and seed production of Waltheria indica and Panicum torridum

Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2011.

Thesis title: Evaluation of pre-emergence herbicides contained within a hydromulch cap to determine weed control and safety for two Native Hawaiian grasses in a simulated roadside environment

University of Nevada, Reno, 2007.

Major: Biology

Organizational Roles:

Consulting editor, American Society for Horticultural Science, HortScience. Cannabis Sativa research. June 2021 – present.

Committee Chair, American Society for Horticultural Science, Hemp Research and Extension Professional Interest Group, Alexandria, VA. October 2019 – present.

Committee Chair, Lower Umatilla Basin Groundwater Management Area action committee, Hermiston, OR. September 2019 – present.

Board of Advisors, Oregon Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education, Corvallis, OR. August 2019 – present.

Board of Directors, Oregon Water Coalition, Pendleton, Oregon. July 2017 – present.

Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association, Pasco, Washington. November 2016 – present.

Awards (within last 4 years):

Early Career Scholar, American Society for Horticultural Science. (August 13, 2020).

Ernest L. Bergman scholarship, Ernest L. Bergman. (May 2020). (Pooja Kumari, graduate student).

International student continuation scholarship, OSU. (April 2020). (Pooja Kumari, graduate student).

Branch Experiment Station Internship Best Poster Award, College of Agricultural Science. (October 24, 2019). (Jared Farber, undergraduate BES intern).

OSUEA New Faculty award, Oregon State University Extension Association. (December 6, 2018).

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