Michael BanksMichael Banks Promoted to Professor
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife/CIMRS

Dr. Banks has tertiary level training (4 degrees) in zoology, marine ecology, marine aquaculture, physiology, population genetics and education. His life experience includes significant time invested at research laboratories that focus on four marine ecosystems: Southern hemisphere Indian & Atlantic Oceans (UCT), Gulf of Mexico (UTMSI) and the Pacific Northwest (UC Davis-BML & HMSC). His research has involved recruitment and mentoring of about 100 students and staff from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Banks has secured and administered $45 million in grant funds and developed strong political skills in ensuring productive outcomes from this investment including the critical importance of strategic planning and communication.  Ongoing projects with State and Federal parties demonstrate his commitment to securing lasting relationships across a broad assemblage of collaborators. Key experiences that have developed Dr. Banks’s research and management skill include: 1) Serving on the National Cooperative Institute Directors Executive Committee; 2) Directing CIMRS; 3) Leading research and outreach developments that apply molecular and statistical tools towards the protection, management and conservation of salmon and rockfish and other fisheries assemblages important to the economies of California, Oregon and Washington.


Samuel BradfordSamuel Bradford Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant I
Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

As a Senior Faculty Research Assistant in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Mr. Bradford serves as Manager and chief operator of Oregon State University’s multiuser Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting facility and Laser Capture Microdissection facility. His primary role is to oversee day-to-day operations of both facilities. He provides sample analysis (on a fee-for-service basis) and/or training on these complex robotic instruments to users both within the EMT Department, as well as to researchers campus-wide.


Linda BrewerLinda Brewer Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant II
Department of Horticulture

Linda Brewer is a Senior Faculty Research Assistant I in the Department of Horticulture. She serves as technical writer and project manager for a highly diverse group of activities and projects in the Department, in the College of Agricultural Sciences and in the Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension Program. She has
exemplified creativity and leadership in the areas of Impact Documentation and Grant Management since her last promotion in 2007.


Brian CharltonBrian Charlton Promoted to Senior Instructor I with Indefinite Tenure
Department of Crop and Soil Science

Mr. Charlton joined the Crop and Soil Science faculty in 2006. Brian is an Instructor with a 12-month appointment based at the Klamath Basic Research and Extension Center in Klamath Falls, OR. Mr. Charlton has research and outreach responsibilities for potato production systems in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) with primary emphasis in the Klamath Basin. He also serves as the lead investigator for seed maintenance and distribution of all Tri-state (OSU, WSU, UofI and USDA/ARS) potato selections to University and Industry cooperators throughout the PNW and nationally sponsored trials as warranted.


Reinaldo CookeReinaldo Cooke Promoted to Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure
Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences

Reinaldo Cooke grew up in a medium-sized town surrounded by large citrus, sugarcane, and cow-calf operations in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He received a B.S. degree in Animal Sciences from the Sao Paulo State University in December 2003, and moved to the US in the fall of 2004 to attend graduate school. Reinaldo received both M.Sc. (May 2006) and PhD (December 2008) degrees in Animal Sciences from the University of Florida. In January 2009, Reinaldo joined Oregon State University as an Assistant Professor, and is currently stationed at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns, OR. Reinaldo is the statewide beef cattle specialist, and leads and integrated research and extension program with the goal of providing feasible management alternatives to promote and enhance beef cattle production in the state and throughout the US. Reinaldo is married to Flavia Cooke, and they have 2 kids, Victor and Lucas.


Debbie Dietrich-SteelDebbie Dietrich-Steel Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant I
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

In 1999, Debbie completed her Masters degree which focused on the population and evolutionary genetics of the sea snake star Astrobrachion constrictum within Fiordland, New Zealand (NZ). She then worked at the University of Waikato, NZ for two years, gaining further skills in DNA sequencing, undergraduate laboratory teaching and molecular genetic research. In 2001, she began working for Professor Scott Baker at the University of Auckland (NZ) and relocated to OSU in 2006 after he began his faculty position in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. She is currently working on five different projects: Scott’s PEW fellowship looking at a Pattern of Dolphins which assesses connectivity and isolation among insular populations of dolphins in the Pacific; population structure, abundance and migratory movements of New Caledonia and New Zealand humpback whales; providing datasets and trialing tools for GeneGIS (methods for analyzing genetic data within a special framework); and individual identification and matching of humpback, gray and blue whales for post-satellite tagging health assessment.


Nicole DuplaixNicole Duplaix Promoted to Senior Instructor I
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Nicole Duplaix has been an instructor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU since 2007. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Paris, Faculty of Orsay, France. She has studied otters and explored river systems all over the world for 45 years, but now focuses on otter conservation in Asia and South America. She conducted her doctoral research on the giant otters of Suriname, the first time this endangered species has been studied in the wild. She is the founder and Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Otter Specialist Group, which provides global leadership for the conservation of all 13 otter species and determines on a continuing basis their status and habitat needs through the research of its 280 members. She co-founded TRAFFIC in 1972 and headed its Washington DC office from 1978 to 1981 — this organization now has 24 offices worldwide, and monitors and documents the international trade in endangered and protected species for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). She works as a contract photographer for the National Geographic Image Collection. She serves as scientific advisor to the Oceanic Society and has conducted field research on their behalf on Giant otters, dolphins and coral reef monitoring at their research stations in Guyana and in Belize. She has designed four undergraduate and two graduate online courses and teaches three of them on an ongoing basis. Otters are still her passion, but teaching OSU online courses comes in a close second.


Hillary EgnaHillary Egna Promoted to Associate Professor, Senior Research
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Hillary Egna is Director and Lead Principal Investigator of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Aquaculture & Fisheries (formerly “CRSP”) and a Unit Leader within the College of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Egna has 34 years of experience in international R&D, and has collaborated with scientists from over 40 countries. She has served on proposal review panels for the National Science
Foundation, NOAA Sea Grant, and USDA. Through her grants, over 1000 students have received undergraduate and graduate degrees, and over 10,000 people have received short-term training. Dr. Egna
established a library donation program, which was a model for the later Libraries without Borders
program. She has a BS in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan, an MAg Aquaculture in
Fisheries Science, and a PhD in Geography from OSU. Dr. Egna has authored/co-authored over 60 general publications on diverse topics related to aquaculture and international development, including impact assessment methodology, remote sensing applications in aquaculture, and network analysis. She co-authored the textbook Dynamics of Pond Aquaculture (CRC Press), and was executive producer of a DVD documentary on pond aquaculture practices around the world, Ponds for Life. Dr. Egna received the 1997 Women in Leadership Award from the NW Chapter of the United Nations organization, UNIFEM; a Merit Award from the Asian Fisheries Society (2013); and was the first woman to receive the Honorary Life Award from the World Aquaculture Society (2012).


Todd EinhornTodd Einhorn Promoted to Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure
Department of Horticulture

Dr. Todd Einhorn received his training in environmental/plant stress physiology at Colorado State University studying the response of apple trees to deficit irrigation in an effort to mitigate water consumption by the agricultural sector. While completing his dissertation (2005), he accepted a tenure-track, assistant professorship in the Department of Plant Science at California State University, Fresno (2006) as a tree-fruit specialist. This position was primarily a teaching appointment broadly focused on the culture and physiology of temperate-zone, sub-tropical, and tropical fruit and nut crops. In 2008, Dr. Einhorn joined OSU in the department of horticulture.  He is located at the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River where he has developed a pragmatic research and outreach program in the area of tree fruit physiology, with emphases on regulation of plant growth and development, flowering and fruit set biology and modification of canopy architecture of sweet cherry and European pear trees. He is focused on solving issues that limit the economic potential of existing orchards, while simultaneously developing innovative orchard systems that will ensure stakeholder competitiveness in the future.


Clinton EppsClinton Epps Promoted to Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Clint Epps is associate professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and teaches classes on the biology, systematics, conservation, and management of mammals since his appointment in 2008. He grew up near Charlottesville Virginia, completed a B.A. in Biology at Rice University in Houston Texas in 1997, and received a Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley in 2004. His research focuses on wildlife conservation and management, ecology, and conservation genetics, with specific focus on animal movement, gene flow, effects of climate change and disease on fragmented populations, and policy issues in wildlife conservation in North America and Africa.


Adam HeesackerAdam Heesacker Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant I
Department of Crop and Soil Science

Adam Heesacker, MS, joined the Crop and Soil Sciences faculty in 2008.  A Faculty Research Assistant under the Wheat Breeding Project, Adam is on a 12-month appointment and is based mainly on campus and at Hyslop Research Farm in Corvallis, Oregon.  His main responsibility is to support the wheat breeding project in the areas of wheat trait genetics and molecular research for the improvement and development of new wheat lines for the wheat growers of the Pacific Northwest.


Ladd IrvineLadd Irvine Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant I
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Ladd grew up down the road in Eugene and developed a love for the outdoors while camping, fishing, and hiking in the area. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and shortly after, began a temporary internship with Dr. Bruce Mate, entering data and logging/editing video. After working his way into a full time job, and then graduate school at OSU, he received his M.S. in Biological Oceanography and was hired as a Faculty Research Assistant with Dr. Mate. In the years since receiving his Masters, he has transitioned into analyzing satellite tracking data for publication and leading field expeditions including month-long cruises in the Gulf of Mexico to attach satellite transmitters to sperm whales as a follow up to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. His current research interests include modeling the distribution and habitat of large whale species using satellite tracking data and characterizing the diving behavior of sperm whales using time depth recorders.


Pankaj JaiswalPankaj Jaiswal Promoted to Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology

Pankaj Jaiswal is a co-founder and lead investigator of the Plant Ontology Consortium project.  He co-leads the development of one of world’s largest online portal on comparative plant genomics, the Gramene database.  His research involves studying systems biology and plant gene networks associated with drought and salinity abiotic stress responses in agricultural and biofuel feedstock plants.  His laboratory’s internationally recognized research projects on plant stress biology, genome annotation, genomics, computational biology and bioinformatics received about $6.8M in extramural awards from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.  His research program is interdisciplinary in nature, and relies heavily on training graduate and undergraduate students and emphasizes collaboration with faculty on campus and around the world.  He is also a recognized graduate faculty advisor for the graduate programs of the Molecular and Cell Biology and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  Pankaj received his BS (1990), MS (1992) and PhD (1998) from Lucknow University and was a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Vienna, Austria and Cornell University, NY.  He is an elected member of the International Rice Genetics Cooperative (IRGC) Committee of Gene Symbolization, Nomenclature and Linkage (CGSNL) for rice.  Recently he was recognized as an Emerging Scholar Faculty by the Oregon State University chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi.  Pankaj actively participates in various on-campus committees, organizes training workshops on genomics and bioinformatics for K-12 students in Oregon and researchers from around the world and contributes to the infrastructure development at the Center for Genome Research and Biocumpoting (CGRB). 


Debaran KelsoDebaran Kelso Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant I
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Debaran is based on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  She is assigned to the Hood Canal Ranger District and the Olympia Forestry Sciences Lab, Pacific Northwest Research Station.  For the past 20 years she has been working on a long term demography study of Northern Spotted Owls on the Olympic Peninsula, headed by Principal Investigator Dr. Eric Forsman, a US Forest Service research biologist, now based at Oregon State University.  She received a BA degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado in 1977, and a Master of Science degree in wildlife ecology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, in 1987.  She has been involved in various types of ecological research since 1978, from the tundra of Alaska to the savannas of southern Africa, and has focused her study on the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest and their use by spotted owls since 1987. 


Kathleen Maas-HebnerKathleen Maas-Hebner Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant II
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Kathleen G. Maas-Hebner holds a BS in botany from the University of Maryland and an MS in forestry from Michigan State University. She began working for the Dept. of Forest Science as an FRA in 1993 and studied riparian and upland silviculture in the Oregon Coast Range for eight years. She was promoted to Sr. FRA in 1998. Since 2001 she has served as lead scientific and administrative support to the State of Oregon’s Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team. Her position moved to the Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife in 2010. Her work focuses on how natural resource management and various land uses affect wild salmonids populations, aquatic and riparian habitat, and watershed functions. In 2013 she was a co-editor and multi-chapter author for the book Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest published by Springer, NY.


Claudia MaierClaudia Maier Promoted to Professor
Department of Chemistry

Claudia S. Maier received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 1994 from Konstanz University in Germany. In 1994-1999, she conducted her postdoctoral studies at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. In 1999-2002, she was employed as faculty at the Department of Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She joined the faculty at Oregon State University in December of 2002. Dr. Maier’s research focuses on the development and application of biomolecular mass spectrometry for studying biomolecules, their interactions and dynamics in relation to their biological functions. She is the author of over 60 scientific publications. Since 2008 she serves as Director of OSU’s Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry facility and services core of the Environmental Health Science Center.


Ricardo Mata-GonzalezRicardo Mata-Gonzalez Promoted to Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure
Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences

As an associate professor in rangeland ecology and ecophysiology with OSU, Ricardo has had the privilege to connect his daily activities to the stewardship of our ecosystems and natural resources. His primary responsibilities are to promote an understanding of ecophysiology and autecology of plants in arid/semiarid systems and to elucidate the underpinnings of ecological processes necessary for adequate and sustainable rangeland management. Prior to his OSU appointment he was an ecologist and environmental scientist with a private consulting firm in Colorado. He obtained his doctoral degree in rangeland science and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Texas Tech University. Prior to that, he obtained his MS degree in rangeland ecology at New Mexico State University.  Ricardo is a native of Mexico and completed his BS in agronomy and arid land studies at Universidad Autonoma Chapingo. His roles as an educator and researcher at OSU are an excellent platform to expand his network of international collaboration that through the years have included graduate and undergraduate students, researchers and professors from different parts of the world.


Weston MillerWeston Miller Promoted to Associate Professor, Extension
Department of Horticulture

Weston Miller serves as Community and Urban Horticulturist for OSU Department of Horticulture and Extension Service in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.  As OSU's horticulture educator for the Portland metro region, Weston provides leadership for the Metro Master Gardener program training 200 new volunteers each year and managing approximately 1,000 MGs who provide service in their communities.  Weston has made numerous partnerships with government agencies, community organizations, and individuals in the region that support his many popular horticulture-based education programs in the region and provide significant financial support that sustains his efforts.  Weston taught high school sciences and worked as a professional landscaper before joining OSU in 2007.  He enjoys hiking and gardening with his family in SW Portland in his free time.


Larry PritchettLarry Pritchett Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant I
Department of Crop and Soil Science

Larry Pritchett is a Faculty Research Assistant with a 12-month appointment based at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center near Pendleton, Oregon.  Larry assists Dr. Stephen Machado in research that leads toward developing biologically and economically sustainable cropping systems for the dryland areas of eastern Oregon.  He joined the Crops and Soil Science faculty in 2005.


Andrew RossAndrew Ross Promoted to Professor
Department of Crop and Soil Science

Dr. Ross joined the Crop and Soil Science and Food Science and Technology faculties in 2001. Andrew is a Professor with a 12-month appointment based on the Corvallis Campus. Dr. Ross’ research is focused on cereals and cereal foods, and provides
support for the barley and wheat breeding programs in breeding these crops for
food uses.


Janel SobotaJanel Sobota Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant I
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Janel Sobota has been an employee of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University since 2005. Prior to that she was a graduate student within the same department. She completed her undergraduate work at Huxley Environmental College at Western Washington University and worked for the Clark County Conservation District and the Coos Watershed Association prior to beginning her graduate studies at Oregon State. Her professional interests are in stream ecology and macroinvertebrate studies that inform resource management decisions. Throughout her career as a stream ecologist, she has been able to work with both public and private organizations on many projects assessing stream conditions under different land management conditions.


Yi-Cheng SuYi-Cheng Su Promoted to Professor
Department of Food Science and Technology

Dr. Yi-Cheng Su received his M.S. degree of Food Science and Technology from the University of Nebraska and Ph.D. degree of Food Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of American Society for Microbiology, Institute of Food Technologists, International Association for Food Protection, and Pacific Fisheries Technologists. Dr. Su is specialized in seafood microbiology and safety and a seafood HACCP trainer certified by the Association of Food and Drug Officials.


Jonathan VelezJonathan Velez Promoted to Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure
Department of Agricultural Education and General Agriculture

Dr. Velez holds the Bradshaw Leadership Academy Professorship in the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oregon State University and taught high school agriculture for four years before earning a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Velez is passionate about leadership development and, since arriving at Oregon State, has developed leadership coursework, a new leadership minor, and a division-wide Leadership Academy. Jonathan’s research interests include student motivation, leadership evaluation and assessment, leadership development, and teaching methods.