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Faculty of School of Horticulture

Barnett, Carol chair
B.Sc. (Guelph), M.Sc. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Cornell),P.I.D. (Ministry of Adv. Ed.)
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Carol Barnett obtained her B Science in Agriculture in 1979 at the University of Guelph. After a working break, she returned to Guelph to complete a Masters program in 1984. Funded by a NSERC scholarship she attended Cornell University in New York State and achieved a PhD (ornamental horticulture) in 1987. The province of British Columbia invited her to join the Ministry of Agriculture and Food as their Nursery Industry Specialist that same year. She enjoyed visiting growers, preparing newsletters and advice columns in trade journals, working in committees and advising on a one to one basis with many people in the industry. The School of Horticulture opened at the Langley Campus of KPU in 1993. Carol joined the faculty that fall teaching Botany for Horticulture, Plant Propagation and Nursery Production. She has taught many other courses over the years. Most recently she added Soils and Growing Media to the list. Carol lives in Maple Ridge and enjoys gardening, walking and biking on the dike trails, and reading English authored mystery novels.
Burns, Patrick
Dip. Landscape/Horticulture (Olds), P.I.D. (Ministry of Adv. Ed.), Cert. Landscape Horticulture. (B.C.), B.A. (Fraser Valley), Cert. Hort. Tech. (C.N.L.A.)
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My name is PJ (Patrick John) Burns and I am an Instructor of Landscape Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where I have taught for the past 19 years. Previous to teaching I was involved in the horticulture industry, in a variety of fields. Past experience in the private and public Greenhouse, Nursery and Landscape sectors has provided me with a varied and extensive background in horticulture. My academic pursuits include trades qualifications in the horticulture field (Journeyperson Trades Qualification and a Diploma in Horticulture with a landscape major), a Diploma in post-secondary instruction, a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education, and a Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication. In addition to my teaching duties within the School of Horticulture at Kwantlen I work with a local inner-city elementary school to introduce children to nature and gardening. Together, we (Douglas Park Elementary and Kwantlen Polytechnic University School of Horticulture students, staff and faculty) have created a school garden on the Langley Campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In 2009, our school garden was recognized by the BC Landscape and Nursery Association and awarded the BCLNA Environmental Stewardship Award. I feel the knowledge I acquire while engaging with faculty, staff, and learners at Kwantlen enable me to gain a better understanding of the environmental challenges we are faced with and provide me with the tools to lead change in the horticulture industry.
Cunnin, Betty
Cert. Landscape Hort. App. (Kwantlen), C. L. P. (C.N.L.A.), Cert. Qualification (B.C.), B.A. (S.F.U.), M.Ed. (S.F.U.), Cert. Arborist (I.S.A.), Cert. Hort. Tech. (C.N.L.A.)
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Betty Cunnin teaches landscape horticulture and arboriculture courses in the School of Horticulture. Betty has over fifteen years experience in the landscape design-build and maintenance sectors both as an employee and sole proprietor of her business.

In 2010, she earned a Master of Education in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. In addition, she maintains multiple landscape and arboriculture industry certifications: Trades Qualified Horticulturist (BC), International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist , ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, and Canadian Landscape Industry Association Certified Landscape Technician and Certified Landscape Professional. In 2005, Betty received the prestigious BC Landscape and Nursery Association ‘Educator of the Year’ Award.

Her key areas of interest are Urban Forestry and Arboriculture. Betty is investigating which tree species, landscape design choices and construction and maintenance practices are best for the preservation and growth of trees found on urban sites in the PNW.
Davidson, David
B.Sc.Agr. (U.B.C.), M.Sc. (Guelph)
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Dunster, Kathy
B.Rec. (U.B.C.), M.L.A. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Tor.)
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Kathy Dunster, PhD Instructor of Urban Ecosystems

Kathy Dunster has an undergraduate degree in Recreation Education (BRE) from UBC with a focus on outdoor leisure spaces – from playgrounds to provincial parks and beyond. She obtained a MLArch degree from the University of Guelph where her thesis research examined the landscape ecology of regions and the reconnection of fragmented habitats across urban, per-urban, and rural landscapes. Her PhD in Biogeography & Plant Ecology is from the University of Toronto where her research and dissertation looked at the ecology and survival of Dwarf hackberry (Celtis tenuifolia Nutt.), a Canadian species at risk.

Kathy is a registered landscape architect (MBCSLA) and a registered professional biologist (RPBio) in BC and a registered member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Since 1987 her professional practice has focused on numerous projects that address the inventory, planning, conservation, and management of natural and cultural landscapes, ecosystem restoration, and integrated ecological landscape design at many different scales. She has extensive experience working with grassroots groups using community mapping as a technique for participatory action research in exploration of local community distinctiveness (what makes a place special) and local planning. She has a long history of involvement with community-based social and environmental justice organizations in various parts of Canada.

Her current research interests are the integration of food, health, and ecosystem wellbeing in urban environments and the everyday landscape which includes: social landscape design, living roof designs for all (but especially invertebrate habitat, species at risk, and food production); learning landscapes; bioregional ethnobotany; community mapping and green mapping; and exploring the wicked problem of how post-disaster landscapes can be better designed to meet human needs when temporary settlement becomes permanent. Her other research interests include feminist cartography, islands, conceptual art in the landscape, and good practices.

Her many other interests include letterpress printing, bicycling, graffiti & stencilling, appropriate technology and natural building construction, conservation of late-Victorian fruit and vegetable varieties; growing just about anything from seed but especially food, and collecting useful things from dumpsters and back lanes.

Recent & Upcoming Courses

HORT1155 Introduction to Plant Identification
HORT3230 Urban Watershed Planning
HORT3250 Inventory, Assessment, & Monitoring of Plant Communities
HORT3251 Landscape & Environment 1

Other Affiliations

Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, UBC School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture.
Sessional Faculty Lecturer and Course Developer, University of Victoria Continuing Studies, Native Species and Natural Processes Professional Specialization Certificate Program, NP502 Ecosystem Design through Propagation of Native Plants, which is now delivered on-line.

Selected Publications

Coffman, R. & K. Dunster (forthcoming, November 2014). Ecological Recruitment across Scales, Chapter 15 in Sutton, R. (ed.) Green Roof Ecosystems. Springer: New York & London. Dunster, K (2008) “Straddling Both Sides of the Coast: The Role of Landscape Architects in Nearshore and Inter-tidal Habitat Conservation.” pp 205-209 in W. Kuinert (ed). Transforming with Water IFLA 2008 – Proceedings of the 45th World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects. Wageningen, Netherlands: Blaudruk & Techne Press. ISBN 978-90-8594-021-0.

Dunster, K (2007) The Garry Oak Gardener’s Handbook. Victoria: Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team. ISBN 978-0-9732181-3-8

Harrington, S. and J. Stevenson (eds.), and K. Dunster (2005) Islands in the Salish Sea: A Community Atlas. Surrey: TouchWood Editions. K. Dunster contributed History chapter, Bowen Island chapter, and various maps and illustrations. ISBN 1-894898-32-X.

Dunster, K (2005) “Acting Locally: Mapping and Counter-mapping Towards a Grassroots Feminist Cartography.” Chapter 12 in Melody Hessing, Rebecca Raglon, and Catriona Sandilands (eds.) This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. ISBN 0-7748-1106-4. pp 243-265.
Husson, Brent
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Jones, Gary chair
B.Sc. (Nott.), M.Sc. (C.I.T.), P.Ag. (B.C.I.A.), M.I. Hort (IoH), P.I.D. (Vancouver)
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Gary Jones, M.Sc., is the School’s import from the U.K. horticulture world. Currently Co-Chair of the School, he is a member of the Research and Industry Development Council of the BC Greenhouse Growers Association, and previously worked the BCARA organic certification body. Gary writes a monthly column (‘Inside View’) for ‘Greenhouse Canada’ magazine.

Moving to Canada specifically to join the School, Gary has extensive industry experience having worked in the greenhouse sector, parks, field vegetables and even dabbling in the mushroom world. He helped establish a commercial micro-propagation company producing nursery plants, spent 9 years with the UK Ministry of Agriculture Advisory Service (ADAS), was ‘Field Officer’ at a salad marketing group, and enjoyed 6 years as ‘Technical Manager’ at the largest producer of bedding and potted plants in the UK.

In recent years, Gary’s interests have moved to embrace more sustainable food production models. To that end he set up the School’s monthly series of educational evenings (‘Green Wednesdays’) and was founding President of the Langley Community Farmers Market Society.

During the 2012-13 academic year, Gary worked with farmers and high school students in S.W. Uganda, looking at the African view of agriculture and food sovereignty. He also seized the opportunity to grow his first crops of upland rice (non-paddy rice), sugar cane, coffee and tea.
Kazymerchyk, Stan
Cert. Pesticide Applicator (B.C. Ministry of Env.), B.Sc. (Ore.), P.I.D. (Ministry of Adv. Ed.)
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Bio of Stan Kazymerchyk, Turfgrass Management Instructor

Despite minor forays into Physical Education, cooking, forestry and truck driving, am now celebrating 40 years of Turfgrass Management experience! Started in teen years as golf course Groundsman, Irrigation Technician and early Golf Superintendent experience. After a few years of having more questions than answers, I embarked on pursuing a university Honours degree in Turfgrass Management from Oregon State University while entertaining a wife and 2 kids. Wise move to get a degree, as I suspected I might eventually end up teaching some day! Brief stints in university turfgrass research and as Assistant Superintendent before becoming Golf Superintendent at a local golf club and ending up here for over 10 years now.

I believe in hands-on student experiences with close industry interaction and societal paybacks; the ideal Polytechnic experience. Very proud of our students’ involvement with “Home Reno Makeover” and Turf Club charitable donations. I especially enjoy grooming students to become successful turfgrass managers and supporting alumni as they progress upwards in their careers.

Served the turf industry as WCTA Research Committee Chair, BCGSA Chapter President, WCTA Board member, Conference organization, trade magazine writer and frequent guest speaker. Grounds volunteer at 5 national golf events, with 2015 US Open next!

I live in Cloverdale with my lovely wife Cathe, have 5 grown kids and 4 beautiful grandkiddies. Enjoy golf, cooking, travel, ballroom dancing and Montreal sport teams (sorry, my hometown!). Yes, my lawn is nice.
Lait, Cameron
BSc. (University of Victoria), Ph.D (University of Alberta)
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I completed my BSc in biology (major in physiology, minor in biochemistry and microbiology) at the University of Victoria (1992) and PhD (major plant biochemistry and physiology) at the University of Alberta (1998). Besides graduate thesis research, I also worked on separate projects that included finding the causes of ornamental tree mortality in urban landscapes and measuring the effects of oilsand mine tailing effluent on boreal forest trees used for reclamation projects in northern Alberta.

Upon graduation I was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Simon Fraser University (1997-2000), which involved collaboration with forest industry and government stake holders to determine the cause of excessive seed losses in British Columbia tree seed orchards.
In early 2001, I went to work as a scientist with Dr. James Tumlinson at the US Department of Agriculture in Florida and (later) Penn State University (2003-2008) where we conducted entomological and chemical ecology research related to plant-insect interactions and finding ways to exploit chemical defenses of plants as an environmentally safe alternative to pesticide use.
As a Research and Development Scientist with Pherotech International (2008-2010) I helped develop and field test semiochemical-based lures and traps for the control / monitoring of economically important forest and agricultural insect pests. I was the lead researcher on a laboratory and field research trial testing synthetic pheromones as a management tool to improve honey bee colony survival, vigour and productivity.

My post-graduate research findings are published in scientific journals that span multiple disciplines including natural resource sciences, plant health protection, forestry, agriculture, entomology, biochemistry and plant physiology.

Prior to joining KPU School of Horticulture, I was a multi-program inspector with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (BC Coastal Division – Plant Health) based at the Vancouver Harbour District Office (2011-2013). Main duties included import inspections of agricultural and horticultural commodities to verify compliance with the Plant Protection Act and Regulations and export inspections of commodities for phytosanitary certification. During spring and summer months I was involved with invasive alien insect trapping surveys and Asian gypsy moth inspection of marine vessels entering western Canada.
Marchuk, Ron
Cert. Hort. (Alta), B.A. (Hons) (Qu.),P.I.D. (B.C.)
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Instructor, School of Hort, KPU since 1994

Academic background:

BA degree (Honours); BC Instructor's Diploma

Instructor, Olds College, 1979-1994
Past board member of various greenhouse industry associations
Regularly attend industry conferences
Have extensively visited greenhouse industry across North America

Curriculum development, particularly around evolving interests of Hort production students
Currently conducting research w. ISH on use of LED lighting for microgreens

Gardening, golf, backpacking, and birdwatching.
Matteoni, Jim
Cert. Integrated Pest & Disease Mgt. (Wageningen), Cert. Mycoplasmology (Bordeaux II), B.Sc. (Elmhurst), M.Sc. (Ill.), Ph.D. (Cornell)
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I come from the United States, as will be clear by my midwestern accent. Although I had difficulties in high school and nearly flunked English and math, I found focus in the sciences. I continued to a small college (Elmhurst College), where the small class sizes were engaging and personable. I completed a double major, with Nuclear Physics and Biographylogy. Seeking a career where I could work with plants, I discovered applied botany, now called Plant Pathology.

At the University of Illinois, I worked with the Jim Gerdemann (mycorrhizae), Dan Neeley and Eugene Himelich (International Society of Arboriculture) on a leaf spot disease of walnut trees. To broaden my perspectives, I moved out to the east coast where I worked with Wayne Sinclair at Cornell University and demonstrated the first phytoplasmal cause of a forest tree decline.

My first job was with Agriculture (and Agri-Food) Canada, at the Vineland Research Station, as research scientist. However, when I saw the Pacific Northwest, I fell in love; within 6 weeks of my first visit out west, I moved to Vancouver. I started to work as a Scientific and Technical Officer with Westgro Sales, Inc.; and was recruited by Kwantlen to be Chair of the Greenhouse program in 1993. I now teach Botany, and several different pest management courses at the School of Horticulture.

My interests include bicycling, gardening, cooking, and community outreach. My special interests include pollination with bumble bees, and conservation Biographylogical control. I work with the Vancouver Environmental Youth Alliance and Strathcona Community Gardens. I also teach at the Richmond Farm School. At present, I live in Vancouver with my partner of almost 25 years Brian.
Mazari-Andersen, Alicia
B.Sc. (Mexico), M.Sc. (Mexico), Ph.D. (Br. Col.)
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Alicia Mazari-Andersen has been a Sessional Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 1999. She teaches Botany and Soils in Horticulture. She has been an instructor at several other institutions for the past 19 years. Her main job is teaching several Biology courses at Thompson Rivers University Open Learning. She also teaches at Corpus Christi College and at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. She has also taught at other institutions like UBC, BCIT, and UVic. She has also followed her passion and completed a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition, hoping that in the future she will be able to educate people on the way they eat and the impact nutrition has in people's lives.
McTavish, Bruce apprentices coordinator
B.Sc. (S.F.U.), M.Sc. (U.B.C.), M.B.A. (S.F.U.), P.Ag. (B.C.I.A.), R.P.Biography. (A.P.B.), C.A.C. (C.C.A.A.), Journeyman Horticulturist (B.C.)
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Mr. McTavish is an Instructor in the School of Horticulture and the School Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Mr. McTavish also has thirty years of experience in the agriculture and environmental sectors in Canada. This has included, strategic planning, business planning, market assessment and facilitation of industry meetings. He has been involved in soil and habitat work, land reclamation and rehabilitation, environmental impact studies and the development of Environmental Guidelines. Mr. McTavish is also past president of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, and is presently the Chair of the National Task force on Sudden Oak Death. In addition to consulting and research work, Mr. McTavish plays an active role in the nursery sector as Senior Project Manager for Pickett’s Nurseries Ltd. and as Director of Bylands Nurseries Ltd.
Examples of work include:
  • Strategic, business and marketing research and planning, budget analysis and development of corporate structure for agricultural firms in Canada;
  • Director responsible for Strategic Planning – Bylands Nurseries Ltd.;
  • Development of marketing plans and export development plans for the BC Nursery Industry;
  • Financial, environmental and agricultural impact appraisal of developments on agricultural land;
  • Initial research that led to the development BC Predator Control Program for Farms and Ranches in BC. (This has included two subsequent evaluation of the program);
  • Development of international competency based training and certification systems;
  • Research, development and implementation of quality assurance systems;
  • Consulting team developing the Agricultural Strategic Plans for various cities in British Columbia;
  • Agricultural section of the Socio-Economic Assessment of the proposed TransMountain Pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby;
  • Expert witness reports and testimony on failed landscapes.
Nakano, Michelle
Dip. Landscape/Horticulture (B.C.I.T.), P.I.D. (Vancouver), B.A. Adult Education (Fraser Valley), MEd (S.F.U.)
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Academic qualifications include Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Critical Creative and Collaborative Inquiry (SFU), Bachelor of Art Adult Education (UFV), Provincial Instructor Diploma (VCC), Diploma of Technology, Biographylogical Sciences (BCIT), Professional designation: Applied Science Technologist of BC. Industry experience includes landscape management, supervisory and technological capacities at Olds College (Alberta), Canadian Park Service, and the municipality of the District of North Vancouver (BC). Fields of interest include education reform, green roof and living wall research, conservation biological control and landscape and urban ecology.
Rainer, Christine - Bachelor of Arts (Brock University), Horticulture Diploma (Niagara College), Provincial Instructor Diploma (Vancouver Community College)
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I teach Plant Identification courses in the School of Horticulture. The processes in identification have fascinated me since a Grade Two leaf collection. It continues to intrigue me that the seemingly basic skills of recognizing plants promotes ideas about history, science, art, medicine, as well as insights into social studies, human activities, and practical daily life and work.

My horticultural consulting and landscape business is a dynamic and on-going learning experience for me. I have the chance to work with apprentices and students on placement work experiences. We have learned much from each other out of doors and in combination with plenty of physical activity.

My past horticultural work experience includes Vineland Research Station Advisor, Heritage Plants Identification, Team publication editing for the Ministry of Agriculture, Acting Groundskeeper, Horticultural Therapy Programmes, and Natural Resources Extension. My career has introduced me to a variety of perspectives, interpretations, and experiences. The opportunity to learn from many seasoned and peer horticulturists, foresters, naturalists and others has been inspiring.

I am a member of both the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association, and the International Society for Arborists and participate in many of the educational components. I hold a degree in English from Brock University and a Horticultural Technician Diploma from Niagara College. My areas of specialty are Horticultural Therapy, Landscape Design, and Arboriculture. The relationship of learning to experiences in the natural environment is the focus of my studies in adult education in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Programme.

Sports are a routine activity in my daily life. My regular training is with the UBC Masters Swim Team and I am a passionate tennis player. In the winter season writing, art, and modern dance appreciation are my indoor pastimes. Most of the other seasons I like to spend out of doors. Camping, hiking, and paddling in Canada are my favourite travelling adventures. As a curious horticulturalist, not surprisingly, I am an avid home gardener.
Regan, Daniel
Cert. Outdoor Power Equip. T.Q. (Min. Labour)
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I am a certified O.P.E.T technician with a British Columbia T.Q. and have been working in the mechanical field for over 35 years. I have enjoyed instructing the Horticulture machinery maintenance program and OPET program here at KPU for over 15 years. I stay current with changing technology by attending many different equipment manufacturers’ workshops throughout the year. I like running and have run many marathons over the years so I can usually be seen training for one that is coming up.
Schlamp, Kristine
Dip. Greenhouse Mgt. (Kwantlen), B.A.H.T. (Olds), M.P.M. (S.F.U.)
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Throughout my career I have enjoyed a variety of dynamic, engaging and active responsibilities, situations that have involved integrating a balance of historical and current scientific crop and pest knowledge, an understanding of application-specific concerns, a realization of the ‘bigger picture’, as well as effective communication with growers, scientists, and affiliated extension personnel. I have collaborated with the general public, growers and front line workers in educational and co-operative research. We have explored strategies to mitigate pest problems, keeping in mind that some control methods, when used alone, can be ineffective and even prohibitively costly. Instead, relying on a cohesive integrated strategy of environmentally sound pest management tactics can be successful and financially rewarding.

I have been teaching apprenticeship and diploma courses in pest management for the last decade at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Pest management is a very dynamic aspect of their education and has been changing drastically in recent years. The days of complete pest eradication are no longer valid. My teaching duties have required me to remain up to date with horticultural trends, for example, in response to increasing public pressure for a pesticide-free environment.

For the past five years I have been the coordinator for the registered non-profit society of the Abbotsford Soil Conservation Association. I work closely with directors, farmers, growers/producers, BC Ministry of Agriculture (BC Agri) and City of Abbotsford staff. Coordination duties include bookkeeping and financial reporting, proposal writing, experimental design and implementation, data collection and analysis, event organization, education through workshops and forums, writing newsletters and fact sheets, maintaining a website and committee activities. Currently, I sit on several boards, such as the Abbotsford Agriculture Chamber of Commerce Committee, Abbotsford Environmental Advisory Committee, as well as the registered non-profit society, FarmStart BC. The Society's purpose is in developing and delivering innovative programs to help establish a new generation of enterprising, ecological farmers. I am the Vice President of the Professional Pest Management Association of BC and the Secretary of the BC Plant Protection Advisory Council.

In the past work related duties included curriculum development for Plant Health BC in accordance with the BC Landscape and Nursery Association (BCNLA) and the Institute of Sustainable Horticulture (ISH). A compilation of aptitude and practical skill modules and workshops were comprised as requisite for the effective practice of landscape Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Sustainable Landscapes.

  • • IPM program manager providing leadership, training, coordination and supervision in all aspects of the Washington State University (WSU) Whatcom County IPM Research and Education program. Developing and implementing a program to build understanding and the successful adoption of IPM practices in a wide diversity of agricultural and urban interests in Whatcom County.
  • • Pesticide Information Officer accountable for the collection of pesticide information from a variety of sources for BC Agriculture.
  • • Assistant Supervisor responsible for reporting and monitoring pests of Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley cranberry, blueberry, raspberry fields and training scouts.

Much of my research has been applied and grower motivated. The projects I have participated in, for example, the efficacy of different species of Trichogramma wasps as a biological control agent in greenhouse vegetable crops, as well as exploring root-zone oxygenation in greenhouse cucumbers, are projects that were requested and funded by growers in these industries. My masters’ thesis was also grower motivated, designed to promote environmental sustainability through low impact pest-management methods, such as mating disruption, in commercial stone-fruit orchards.