Since 1911, Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center (SOREC) has been integral inĀ Southern Oregon's agricultural landscape. As the Rogue Valley's agriculture has shifted from peaches to pears, and more recently to include vineyards and hemp, SOREC has adapted to continue providing science and research support to area growers, producers, and the community at large. Current research foci include plant pathology, entomology and integrated pest management, viticulture, and hemp.


Dr. Achala KC stands in front of a pear tree
Dr. Achala KC, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Plant Pathology

Dr. Achala KC joined Oregon State University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology in 2016. Her primary focus at SOREC is to develop applied research programs for tree fruit and wine grape industries that include disease diagnosis, population biology, epidemiology, and integrated disease management towards developing sustainable and cost-effective disease management programs. She also engages in Extension and Outreach to the tree fruit, wine grape, and hemp industries across Southern Oregon.

Dr. Alexander Levin stands in a vineyard smiling while looking into the distance
Dr. Alexander Levin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Viticulture & SOREC Director

Dr. Levin joined SOREC in 2016, leading the viticulture program. His applied research focuses on understanding the physiology of grapevines (with foci on plant water relations, carbohydrate metabolism, and fruit ripening biochemistry), and applying that to improve vineyard management practicees while enhancing economic and sustainable production. Dr. Levin is also a core faculty member of Oregon Wine Research Institute (OWRI) and chairs the Grape Genetics, Physiology, and Management working group in the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).

Dr. Govinda Shrestha kneels near a hemp plant and examines hemp leaves
Dr. Govinda Shrestha, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Hemp Extension Specialist

Postdoctoral Scholars & Research Assistants

Suraj Kar sits on a train, smiling at the camera and holding a glass of wine.
Suraj Kar

Postdoctoral Scholar

Joey DeShields stands in a vineyard on a bright blue day, smiling at the camera.
Joseph DeShields

Faculty Research Assistant

Ricky Clark stands in a vineyard with a bright blue sky behind him, he smiles at the camera.
Ricky Clark

Faculty Research Assistant

Ian Ivey stands on a green lawn with trees behind him, smiling at the camera.
Ian Ivey

Bio Science Research Tech

Student Staff

Anupa Gaire stands in a vineyard wearing a white hat and dark sunglasses, she tilts her head while smiling at the camera.
Anupa Gaire

Graduate Research Assistant

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Samiskshya Pandey

GraduateĀ Research Assistant

Ali stands in front of hemp plants and trees, wearing an OSU ballcap and smiling at the camera.
Ali Merkle

Undergraduate Student Staff

Bethany McKenzie

Undergraduate Student Staff

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Kathryn Cohen

Undergraduate Student Staff

Farm Staff

Jake Hoyman, SOREC's farm manager, sits atop a tractor while smiling at the camera.
Jake Hoyman

Farm Manager

Steve Percy

Farm Tech