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: Jennifer Dimas jennifer.dimas@colostate.edu, 970-491-1543 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, water education and outreach 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: 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. 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 West Nile, Zika, mosquito-borne viruses and insects Barry Beaty, University Distinguished Professor of Virology, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Understanding and controlling dengue virus, which is closely related to Zika virus, as well as the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits both viruses to humans Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892 William Black, professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Research focus on the mosquito Aedes aegypti, the primary vector to humans of the virus that causes dengue fever and the Zika virus, and insecticide resistance Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892 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 (and capacity building), 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 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 Assefa Gebre-Amlak, CSU Extension Entomology Specialist Potential outbreaks of grasshoppers in Northeastern Colorado Media contact: Joanne Littlefield joanne.littlefield@colostate.edu, 970-491-4640 Flood Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center, Colorado State University Precipitation, historic flooding events, severe weather, the science of storm formation, extremes and trends in climate across Colorado, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRAHS), established after a Fort Collins flash flood in 1997. Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099 Chris Thornton, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Overflow dikes, debris culverts, stream bank protection, wave overtopping of levees, soil cement performance, hydraulic modeling, reduction of soil erosion from fires Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099 Pierre Julien, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering River mechanics and engineering, erosion and sedimentation, stream restoration, hydraulics, hydrologic modeling Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099 Russ Schumacher, assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science Extreme precipitation, storms that lead to potential flash flooding, Colorado weather, communication and interpretation of weather forecasts Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099 Drought Reagan Waskom, director 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: Jim Beers jim.beers@colostate.edu, 970-689-2407 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, emergency preparedness experts Tony Cheng, professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and 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 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 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 Linda Nagel, professor and head of the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Ecological recovery of plant communities following a wildfire Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892 Jason Sibold, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology Fuels and bark-beetle altered fuels versus climate and weather in times of large wildfires and extreme fire years, natural fire regimes, how recent fires compare to natural fires, influence of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean basins on climate and fire occurrence in the Rockies, what future climate likely means for wildfire risk in the Rockies Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892 Sheryl Magzamen, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences Potential health effects of wood smoke Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892 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 Doug Rideout, professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and director of the Western Forest Fire Research Center Economics and management of wild and prescribed fires, the wildland-urban interface, strategic analysis and budgeting of fire programs, fuel management and initial attack systems Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892 Monique Rocca, associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Wildland fire management, invasive species, climate change, and land use change Media contact: Mary Guiden mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892 John Volckens, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and CSU Energy Institute Air pollution sources, emissions, and health effects from smoke, particulate matter and combustion byproducts; occupational and environmental exposure and risk assessment Media contact: Anne Manning anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099 Emily Fischer, assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science Impact of smoke on atmospheric ozone and particulate matter, measurements of ozone and its precursors 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 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 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

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