This multi-disciplinary group has expertise in diverse fields relevant to the implementation of effective and sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs in sensitive environments including: housing, schools, childcare and medical facilities. This unique program aims to provide stakeholders with a ‘one-stop expert advice team” to establish sustainable IPM programs for indoor and outdoor environments; an approach which is widely appreciated by stakeholders.
Dawn H. Gouge, entomologist and IPM specialist, focuses on public health pests and conducts research on pest ecology, reduced-hazard management and vector management. Al Fournier, is an IPM and evaluation specialist, and works with team members to evaluate adoption and impact of community IPM programs. David Kopec, is an Extension specialist in turfgrass management, and provides education and outreach on diverse cultural management practices unique to semi-arid climates. Research efforts include weed control, species and variety adaptation, overseeding and spring transition, and new species development for low maintenance turfs. Ursula Schuch, environmental horticulture specialist, delivers educational programs and conducts research on horticultural practices to maintain healthy and functional landscape plants, with minimal input. Kai Umeda, Extension agent for turfgrass science, develops and conducts educational programs to assist professional turfgrass managers in solving problems using research based information and technology. Shujuan (Lucy) Li, is a public health IPM expert who helps in all aspects of program development for community IPM programs. Shaku Nair, is an entomologist, community expert, and team coordinator, who works with team members to develop and implement priority Extension programs statewide.