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Media Tip Sheet: CSU experts available to discuss variety of summer topics

Note to Reporters: Experts at Colorado State University can talk about a wide variety of summer subjects, from weather and wildfire to plant care and water science. The resources listed below are for reporter use only and not intended for publication.

Lawns, flowers, plants, organic agriculture

Tony Koski, professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Extension Turfgrass Specialist
Irrigation management for lawns, amending soils to promote water conservation, lawn fertilizers, weed control methods and turfgrass management techniques.
Media contact: Joanne Littlefield joanne.littlefield@colostate.edu, 970-491-4640

Jim Klett, professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Extension Landscape Horticulturist
Landscape plant material identification, culture and care, annuals, perennials and woody plants of the Rocky Mountain and High Plains areas.
Klett is coordinator of CSU’s Flower Trial Gardens, the largest flower test garden in the state and one of the five largest in the United States. He also coordinates several state and regional programs including Plant Select and PlantTalk Colorado.
Media contact: Joanne Littlefield joanne.littlefield@colostate.edu, 970-491-4640

Blake Osborn, Extension Water Resources Specialist
The Lawn Irrigation Self Audit (LISA) program, home irrigation systems, water management of the Arkansas and Rio Grande Basins, groundwater hydrology, rainwater harvesting, water education and outreach.
Media contact: Joanne Littlefield joanne.littlefield@colostate.edu, 970-491-4640

Mark Uchanski, assistant professor of Horticulture, Specialty Crops in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Sustainable and organic agriculture, small farms and local vegetable production, high tunnel production.
Media contact: Jennifer Dimas jennifer.dimas@colostate.edu, 970-491-1543

PlantTalk Colorado
PlantTalk Colorado is an online resource offering step-by-step gardening advice. Tips from the PlantTalk team are constantly being reviewed and updated; new information is added monthly. The experts on the team include horticulturalists from Colorado State University Extension, the Denver Botanic Gardens and GreenCo. The reliable and timely information (more than 600 topics) includes everything from lawn landscape care to insect and plant disease problems.
Media contact: Joanne Littlefield joanne.littlefield@colostate.edu, 970-491-4640

Master Gardener program
Many CSU Extension offices have volunteer Colorado Master Gardeners available throughout the summer to answer local gardening questions. Projects include public educational classes, telephone, email and walk-in assistance, field visits, youth and community garden education, blog-writing, television, radio and pod casts, farmer’s markets and educational booths. Visit extension.colostate.edu to find local Extension offices. Mary Small if the statewide master gardener coordinator and can be reached at Mary.Small@colostate.edu.
Media contact: Joanne Littlefield joanne.littlefield@colostate.edu, 970-491-4640

Forest and tree health

Mike Lester, state forester and director, Colorado State Forest Service
Statewide forest management approaches, processes and strategy.
Media contact: Ryan Lockwood ryan.lockwood@colostate.edu, (970) 491-8970

Diana Selby, state lands program manager, Colorado State Forest Service
Forest health and general forest management.
Media contact: Ryan Lockwood ryan.lockwood@colostate.edu, (970) 491-8970

Keith Wood, community forestry program manager, Colorado State Forest Service

Planting and care of urban and suburban trees, emerald ash borer and other threats to urban and community forests.
Media contact: Ryan Lockwood ryan.lockwood@colostate.edu, (970) 491-8970

West Nile, Zika, mosquito-borne viruses, and insects

Greg Ebel, associate professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology and director, Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory
How virus population biology for West Nile, Zika and other viruses influence the abilities of that virus to be transmitted by arthropod vectors, to cause disease and to emerge as significant health threats.
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Brian Foy, associate professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Vectors and vector-borne pathogens, current research focus in defining concepts that govern blood meal acquisition and digestion by vectors, and parasite and arbovirus transmission from vertebrates to vectors (and vice versa).
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Rebekah Kading, assistant professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Research on bats in Uganda (origin of Zika virus) with eye towards what might be the next Zika virus, expert knowledge in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus behavior, including feeding patterns, prevalence in various parts of the world and where these mosquitos live and breed.
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892 

Whitney Cranshaw, professor of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management and Extension Entomology Specialist
Miller moths, bees, yellowjackets, aphids, mites and variety of other insects.
Media contact: Jennifer Dimas jennifer.dimas@colostate.edu, 970-491-1543

Boris Kondratieff, professor of Entomology, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management and director of the C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity
Insect identification, aquatic insects, forensic entomology, and variety of other insects.
Media contact: Jennifer Dimas jennifer.dimas@colostate.edu, 970-491-1543

Drought

Reagan Waskomdirector of the Colorado Water Institute and the CSU Water Center
Drought impacts, water conservation, Colorado water uses and needs, agricultural water use, water quality, Colorado water law, administration and policy, irrigation water optimization in water-limited environments, conjunctive management of surface and ground water, evaluation of municipal water conservation programs, development of best management practices for crop production and evaluation of groundwater vulnerability and sensitivity to contamination.
Media contact: Jennifer Dimas jennifer.dimas@colostate.edu, 970-491-1543

Becky Bolinger, Climatologist/Drought specialist, Colorado Climate Center
U.S. Drought Monitor, drought conditions in upper Colorado River basin.
Media contact: Anne Manning, anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Neil Grigg, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado’s water history, drought management, risk assessment of water systems, water quality, government water resources planning, Western water management, water system infrastructure engineering, flood control, urban water systems management.
Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Jorge Ramirez, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Global hydrology and climate change, soil moisture and vegetation, runoff, river basin geomorphology, optimal irrigation scheduling, water resource systems optimization.
Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Jose Chavez, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Precision irrigation, crop/vegetation water consumptive use, drainage and wetlands engineering.
Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Sustainable water resources management

Sybil Sharvelle, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Urban water management, building-scale water recycling, graywater recycling, wastewater discharges and their impacts on reservoirs, estuaries and streams
Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Mazdak Arabi, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sustainable water resources management, impact of anthropogenic activities on land use, agriculture and watersheds, watershed management
Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

John Labadie, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Using mathematical modeling and artificial intelligence to solve complex water resources management issues
Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Wildfire behavior, mitigation, restoration

Chad Hoffman, assistant professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Fire behavior and modeling, fuels management and wildfire hazard and risk reduction, disturbance ecology, fire and bark beetle interactions, fire and forest pathogen interactions.
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Brett Wolk, assistant director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
Strategies and challenges associated with managing forests and forest fires in Colorado and across the Western U.S., how organizations and individuals address forest and wildfire threats, from national-level policy to local community wildfire mitigation and forest restoration efforts.
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Lisa Mason, outreach forester/fire mitigation education coordinator (acting), Colorado State Forest Service
Wildfire mitigation, fire ecology, Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, protecting homes and property from wildfires, assisting mountain/rural landowners with their forests and trees.
Media contact: Ryan Lockwood ryan.lockwood@colostate.edu, (970) 491-8970

Mark Paschke, professor and associate dean in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Post-fire restoration ecology and re-growth.
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Steven Fassnacht, professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Snowmelt, run-off and stream flow, mountain snow characteristics across various portions of the Colorado River basin.
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Disaster planning and risk assessment

John van de Lindt, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Community resilience, disaster planning, rapid recovery from hazards like flood or fire, reducing seismic risk in buildings, earthquake simulation and testing, tornado and hurricane damage.
Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Protecting pets, horses and livestock, including emergency preparedness

Ragan Adams, veterinarian in the Department of Clinical Sciences
Animal disaster response planning in the context of general emergency preparedness on personal and community levels
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Luke Bass, veterinarian, equine services and Department of Clinical Sciences
How temperatures in the summer can affect horses, West Nile virus effects on horses
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, veterinarian and assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences
How temperatures in the summer can affect dogs, cats and other pets; the effects of wildfire smoke on pets
Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Jennifer Dimas

Jennifer Dimas