Sari Mohali Castillo, PhD
Visiting Fulbright Scholar
Andes University, Merida, Venezuela
I am Forest engineer (Andes University) and MSc of Phytopathology (Centro Occidental Lisandro Alvarado University) both in Venezuela. I did my PhD (Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)-Pretoria University) on the taxonomy and ecology of Botryosphaeriacea on Pinus, Eucalyptus and Acacia in Venezuela. Professor at the Centre of Forestry and Environmental Studies Graduate and Coordinator of the PhD in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Andes University, Merida, Venezuela.
Main research themes: Taxonomy, Ecology and Phylogenetic Fungi on plantations and Natural Forest as well as others woody species. Report and Describe of new taxa.
Currently I’m identifying fungi isolated from cacao and coffee associated with some diseases like died-back or sudden death and anthracnose. This research is being done together with the Professor Jane E. Stewart in the Plant Pathology Laboratory, BioAgricultural Science and Pest Management Department, Colorado State University and financed by Fulbright Program, USA embassy of Venezuela.
Kristen Otto, MS
Jorge Ibarra Caballero, PhD
Rachael Sitz, MS
Pathways student, Plant Pathologist
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate advised by Drs. Jane Stewart and Whitney Cranshaw at Colorado State University. I integrate basic plant pathology and entomology to explore how phytopathogens and insects interact to cause disease. My two study systems are thousand cankers disease of black walnut and drippy blight disease of red oaks.
In 2013, Leddy received her B.S. Biology and B.A. Chemistry at the University of New Mexico. Her research is focused on white pine blister rust disease; caused by the invasive fungal pathogen, Cronartium ribicola, and lethal to North American white pines. She works in collaboration with members of the USFS Forest Health Protection applying molecular and bioinformatics techniques to study the evolutionary relationship between pines conferring resistance to the exotic pathogen and various fungal populations across the Rocky Mountains. Current projects include a long-term study of Limber Pine health in the Rocky Mountains, development of diagnostic tools for field identification of Cronartium ribicola, and evolutionary inquiries into the white pine blister rust pathosystem to improve resistance breeding program strategies.
Stephan is a graduate student at Colorado State University. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Maryland, in Agricultural Science and Technology. He is currently studying Cytospora Canker in peaches, a major limiting factor in peach production on the western slope of Colorado. His research is focused on uncovering control options for growers to better consolidate pest management practices. The goal of his study is to link epidemiology patterns with management techniques to decrease the incidence and damage of this fungal canker in stone fruit production systems.