Dr. Thomas S. Collins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor- WSU Viticulture and Enology Program, Ste. Michelle Wine Science Center, Richland, WA

Dr. Collins has been an Assistant Professor of Grape and Wine Chemistry in the Viticulture and Enology Program at Washington State University since 2015. He manages a research program in grape, wine and spirits aroma and flavor chemistry and teaches courses in grape and wine chemistry and winery operations. Prior to joining WSU, Dr. Collins was the Director of Research for the Food Safety and Measurement Facility at U.C. Davis and also worked in the wine industry in New York and California for more than 15 years. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from U.C. Davis in 2012. He also currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the American Society for Enology and Viticulture.


 

Dr. Monica L. Cooper, Ph.D.

Farm Advisor- Viticulture, UC Cooperative Extension, UC Davis, Napa, CA

In April 2009, Monica Cooper was appointed Viticulture Farm Advisor with UC Cooperative Extension in Napa County. Educated as a “Plant Doctor” at the University of Florida, she has professional training in plant pathology, entomology, soils, and plant science. Her research interests include viticulture, pest management, and vineyard team dynamics. She is Executive Director of the Napa Valley Vineyard Technical Group and has an active outreach program with the goal of extending science-based technical information to the vineyard industry.


 

Dr. Bob Martin, Ph.D.

Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS, Corvallis, OR

Dr. Robert R. Martin is Research Leader and a Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS in Corvallis, Oregon. His research focuses on the characterization, detection, transmission, and management of viruses in berry crops and grapes. Current efforts in his laboratory focus on virus complexes since many of the viruses of berry crops are symptomless in single infections but can be devastating as mixed infections. Bob has been involved with the National Clean Plant Network since its’ inception in 2007 and serves as director for the NCPN for Berries program in Corvallis.


 

Dr. Jay W. Pscheidt, Ph.D.

Professor and Extension Plant Pathology Specialist, OSU, Corvallis, OR

Jay W. Pscheidt is a professor at Oregon State University as an Extension Plant Pathology Specialist since 1988. His principal duties are to lead a statewide extension program related to the diagnosis and management of diseases of all fruit, nut, and ornamental/nursery crops. He is co-editor of The Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Management Handbook. Active programs include testing the efficacy of many chemical compounds, biologicals and techniques for control of various tree fruit, nut and ornamental diseases important to Oregon’s agricultural industries.


 

Dr. Ludwig Ring, Ph.D.

Research Associate (Post Doc), Dept. of Food Science and Technology, OSU, Corvallis, OR

Dr. Ring is a post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University in Corvallis. He works in a collaborative project with Drs. Elizabeth Tomasino, James Osborne, and Michael Qian to investigate bio-polymers that correlate with red wine mouthfeel. Prior to joining the Oregon Wine Research Institute, he received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 2013 focusing on the regulation of polyphenol biosynthesis during fruit ripening. His work at OWRI contributes to developing a new field of research on non-volatile sensory active compounds in red wine.


 

Dr. Landry Rossdeutsch, Ph.D.

Research Associate (Post Doc), Dept. of Horticulture, OSU, Corvallis, OR

Dr. Landry Rossdeutsch joined the OWRI as a post-doctoral scholar in fall 2016. He contributes to the development of a new research area focused on understanding the physiology of rootstock-scion interactions of grapevines in the context of nitrogen-driven vigor. Landry earned a Ph.D. at the University of Bordeaux, France in 2015 where he focused on physiological and molecular mechanisms involved in rootstock-scion responses to drought. At OSU, Landry is developing a multifaceted research project in collaboration with three researchers (Drs. Paul Schreiner, Patty Skinkis, and Laurent Deluc). The project will provide the basis for selecting new or alternative rootstock-scion materials for improving vigor management of Oregon Pinot noir.