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.
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.
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.
Kevin Gobbo 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.
Donna has a degree in Business Management and joins CSU after many years as a Software Application Trainer and Project Manager for various computer software companies. Originally from Vermont she has lived in Colorado since 1990 and enjoys many outdoor activities, including volunteering with Colorado Discover Ability. Donna also maintains the garden at WCRC.
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.
Jordge LaFantasie, PhD is currently Research Scientist and Assistant Viticulturist at Colorado State University’s Western Colorado Research Center in Grand Junction, CO. She is also Adjunct Professor for Colorado Mesa University and Fort Hays State University and teaches courses in soil and environmental sciences. Prior to joining CSU she was Assistant Professor of Rangeland Ecology at Fort Hays State University. Her research and teaching interests are wide-ranging; her current focus is soil management in fruit and vine crops and rangeland soil ecology.
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 performed both in Greece and California has emphasized on orchard and postharvest factors affecting harvest quality and postharvest ripening physiology of kiwifruit, peaches, nectarines, plums, sweet cherries and blueberries and was published in over 15 research publications. Dr. Minas’ program includes close outreach collaboration with the tree-fruit industry in the development and adoption of novel technologies to improve general orchard performance, fruit harvest quality and storage potential. His research at CSU is focused on orchard and environmental factors affecting productivity, developmental physiology, harvest quality and postharvest physiology of tree-fruits.
Dr. Calvin H. Pearson is Professor of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University and Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. He has been an employee of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station for 30 years at the Western Colorado Research Center at Fruita. Dr. Pearson received a Junior College Degree from Ricks College, B.S. degree from Brigham Young Univ., M.S. degree from Oklahoma State Univ., and a Ph.D. from Oregon State Univ.
His research program focuses on topics related to sustainable crop production and soil management systems on furrow-irrigated cropland in the arid west with traditional agronomic crops and new and alternative crops.