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Our Next Show: Sunday October 26, 2014
Guest: Dr. Andrew Sutherland | Bay Area IPM Advisor - UCCE Alameda County
I grew up largely in central and southern Florida. I was an avid young naturalist, raising insects in a discarded dryer in the backyard, catching snakes at the age of four, and establishing a small pond ecosystem in a kiddie pool on a screened patio at the age of ten, replete with frogs, minnows, crayfish and a multitude of invertebrates.
At the age of 15, I entered Florida's landscape nursery industry as a laborer at a local retail nursery; this would evolve into an early career spanning eight years as a production manager, landscape designer, and pest management technician at no less than four different wholesale production nurseries in central and southern Florida.
I obtained a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture in 2001 from the University of Florida that enabled me to further my career in the 'green' industry, but I was not satisfied with commercial production and sale of horticultural products; I wanted to pursue applied research and outreach. I was prompted by a University of Florida mentor to undertake the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and apply to graduate school. This led to a cross-country move to Davis, California, where I obtained a M.S. in Horticulture and Agronomy (2005) and a Ph.D. in Entomology (2009) while at the University of California, Davis, working with whitefly parasitoids in greenhouse horticulture systems, mycophagous ladybird beetles, and predatory flies. I followed up this graduate student training with a two-year postdoctoral research stint in the UC Davis Plant Pathology Department, where I worked with honey bees as biological sensors for plant disease, aphid vectors of plant viruses, and bioindicators for disease in vineyards.
Currently, I'm employed by University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) as the Urban Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor for the Bay Area, serving Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. As a member of the University of California's Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM), I serve as a conduit for IPM-related information and resources. This position is new for the region, and addresses issues in all areas of pest management, including weed, pathogen, and vertebrate management, but the primary emphasis of this position is pest management of arthropods in urban areas. A major focus of my programs is to develop new IPM strategies, or to adapt and implement IPM strategies already available, in cooperation with UC Farm Advisors, pest control advisers, pest management professionals, pest control operators, public agencies, schools, parks, public housing, and regulatory agencies involved with both landscape IPM and structural / industrial IPM. The overarching goals include education about IPM principles, development of IPM programs for clientele, reduction in pesticide applications, and mitigation of surface water contamination due to urban pesticide applications. My connections to UC IPM ensure that I can indirectly help with pest and disease management issues within any system by relaying relevant UC IPM information and by establishing relationships between industry and other UCCE Advisors and Specialists.
About the Host:
Since 1979 Sheri has been co-owner and vice president of ARBICO Organics. ARBICO Organics produces and markets organic and natural products for home, business, garden, lawn, farm and pets. Products include beneficial insects and organisms, fertilizers and soil amendments, weed and disease controls, composting supplies, insecticides, critter controls, horse care, traps, lures, pheromones, botanicals and more.
Sheri is on the committee for the Organic Certification of Growers of Arizona. Her memberships and associations include and are not limited to OFPANA (Organic Farm Producers of North America), the ANBP (Association of Natural Bio-control Producers), the ANA (Arizona Nursery Association), the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers Association), BIRC (Bio-Integral Resource Center), The IOBC (International Organization of Biological Control), and the AAIE (Association of Applied Insect Ecologists), and OMRI (Organic Materials Research Institute).
She works with major universities and their cooperative extensions and researchers. Speeches are made on a nationwide and international basis. She has been asked to speak at major conferences covering the topics of Biological Control, Low Input Sustainable Agriculture, Integrated Pest Management, Impact of Agriculture on the Environment, Eco System Pest Management and more. Her publications include press releases, catalogs, guides for organic agriculture, and handbooks.
ARBICO Organics specializes in Low Input Sustainable Agricultural Techniques (LISA) emphasizing organic farming inputs, bio-intensive pest controls, pro-environmental fertilizers and plant foods, composting, weed and disease control, as well as preventive management.
For over 33 years ARBICO Organics has provided professional consulting and technical assistance worldwide. As an industry leader in the implementation of sustainable and organic agricultural programs, ARBICO Organics offers natural solutions to contemporary agricultural needs. ARBICO Organics provides the way to grow lush landscapes and healthful food within the balance of nature without the use of synthetic chemicals.
When the proper nutrients and minerals are made available to the soil, it will provide the food that gives life to the plant and ultimately to us.