Research Associate | WCRC-Orchard Mesa
(970) 434-3264 ext. 207
Bryan graduated from Fort Lewis College with degrees in Environmental Biology and Agricultural Science. His studies focused on Range Management and Wildlife Ecology. Bryan previously worked at the Colorado Division of Wildlife and two other CSU research centers before joining WCRC in 1997.
Research and Extension Director | WCRC-Fruita
A core component of my outreach platform will focus on irrigation technologies that can be helpfully integrated within the context of Colorado’s Prior Appropriation System. Other activities I will pursue are to continue my involvement as Vice-Chair of Colorado Foundation for Water Education, where I maintain a consistent voice to focus on agriculture.
Born and educated in Germany, Horst studied Agricultural Science at the University of Bonn, Germany, and has a Diplom Agrar Ingenieur (equivalent to Agricultural M.S. degree) and Doctor of Agriculture (equivalent to PhD) from Bonn University. He was a visiting scientist at the Department of Horticultural Science at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand from 1990 to 1993. He held the position of Post-Doc (1994) and Research Scientist (1995 – 2000) with the Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand prior to joining Colorado State University in July 2000.
Accounting Tech | WCRC-Orchard Mesa
(970) 434-3264 ext. 201
Judy happily returned to western Colorado after 5 years as Operations Manager at CU Denver’s Office of Advancement. A native of Tennessee with fond memories of her grandparents’ farm, Judy feels very much at home in the Grand Junction area, with its abundance of produce and sunshine. She’s finding much inspiration at WCRC, surrounded by a dedicated and diverse staff, fascinating research and community outreach efforts.
Judy enjoys all things outdoors, as well as music and food. She plays mandolin and appreciates the way music pairs with hiking and skiing.
Research Associate | WCRC-Orchard Mesa
(970) 434-3264 ext. 207
Emily graduated from CSU in 2009 with a B.S degree in Horticulture. Her studies focused on food crop production and organic systems. She joined Western Colorado Research Center as a Research Associate in 2013. Prior to joining WCRC, Emily worked on a commercial organic orchard in Hotchkiss, Colorado and managed the orchards on a small diversified organic farm, also in Hotchkiss.
Research Associate | WCRC-Fruita
(970) 858-3629 ext. 5
Kevin joined the Fruita research station in March as a research associate. Kevin grew up in Fruita on the family farm and attended Mesa College where he received his B.S. in computer science and mathematics. A few years later Kevin moved to Golden to attend Colorado School of Mines where he earned an M.S. in mathematics. After two decades of working a desk job on the Front Range he returned to Western Colorado. His return to Fruita allows him to spend more time with his family as well as his motorcycles. Kevin has extensive experience in all aspects of agronomy including the repair and maintenance of the combines and tractors. His rare combination of mathematics and mechanical aptitude has become instrumental to the smooth operation of the Fruita facility.
Fred has a B.S. degree in Entomology from CSU and began work at WCRC Fruita center in 1988. Prior to joining CSU, Fred worked with a major agri-chemical manufacturer conducting field research and herbicide trials.
Reza Keshavarz Afshar
I received my Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Tehran in 2014. My appointment is 75% research and 35% extension. My applied and field-oriented research and extension program aims to improve sustainability and profitability of the farming systems in western Colorado while seeking environmental protection. Intensification and diversification of the cropping system, conservation soil management practices, cover cropping, nutrient and fertilizer use management, and water use productivity are among the topics of my interest.
Dr. Minas received his PhD in Pomology and Postharvest Physiology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. During his PhD studies was appointed as a Junior Specialist at the Dept. Plant Sciences at University of California Davis, CA. His research has emphasized on pre- and post-harvest factors and the development and adoption of novel technologies to improve general orchard performance, harvest quality and storage potential of tree-fruits. His research at CSU is focused on orchard and environmental factors affecting productivity, developmental physiology, harvest quality and postharvest physiology of tree-fruits.
Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief
Amanda will bring her experience in community organization and science education to the Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief as the Program Coordinator. She founded the grass-roots organization Grow Another Row in 2009. Since then, Grow Another Row volunteers have collected over 25 tons of fruit and vegetables donated by backyard gardeners, community gardens, and commercial growers and delivered that produce to 12 hunger relief agencies in Mesa County, Colorado. Amanda has engaged many facets of the community in accomplishing its work: individual growers and volunteers, community gardens, business groups, community service groups, religious organizations, commercial growers, and county governmental agencies. With an educational and professional background in the biological sciences, Amanda has interest in supporting college and K-12 STEM education opportunities in this community. She is actively involved in the school district as the co-chairperson for the District Accountability Committee and a volunteer science-enrichment instructor in her children’s school.
Pomology/Viticulture Research Assistant
David joined the WCRC in 2016 after earning his MS in Soil and Crop Science from CSU. Before studying at CSU David graduated with a BS from California State University, Chico with a degree in Crop Science and Horticulture. While earning his BS David worked with various fruit and nut crops as a disease scout and orchardist.