Katie Murray is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Integrated Plant Protection Center, currently leading the “IPM Engagement and Implementation” program, in collaboration with other programs. Katie spent two years a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia (2003-2005) before completing a master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from Oregon State University in 2007, with a focus on food security and community food systems.
Katie began working for the IPPC in 2007, and worked through 2016 assisting various commodity groups in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to develop Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSPs) for Pacific Northwest industries. In 2016 Katie received a USDA/NIFA grant award under the Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) to create the “Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plan” (IPMSP) and develop it into a model of stakeholder assessment and priority setting that has become an important part of Oregon’s statewide IPM program. This marked the beginning of the “IPM Engagement and Implementation” program at IPPC.
The IPMSP project builds on our legacy PMSP program to create more IPM-focused PMSPs, to better understand IPM critical needs, and to develop strong feedback pathways and greater agricultural network connectivity within Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in order to meet the needs and increase the use of IPM. As part of the ARDP IPMSP project, a coupled economic assessment of pest impacts is being conducted based on collaborations to bring the Crop Pest Losses Impact Assessment Survey (CPLIA) process developed by our colleagues at the Arizona Pest Management Center to Pacific Northwest industries. Visit the CPLIA Project page for more information.
Katie also serves as the Pacific Northwest IPM Communication Network Coordinator for the Western IPM Center. In that role, she has developed and maintained a valuable network for gathering information from agricultural stakeholders on current practices, pesticide usage patterns, and potential impacts of regulatory decisions among PNW stakeholders. This information is sent to EPA to assist in regulatory decision-making.