Mike has been with TriCal since 2005 and oversees our R&D program, which includes collaborative research with other Industry Groups, Commodity Groups, and Private Sector. He also works with University, State, and Federal researchers. Mike also oversees our Regulatory Affairs – local, county, state and federal; sometimes international. He is currently working on the best technologies to reduce fumigant emissions, like EVOH barrier resin films and non-chemical soil pest control tactics, like steam.
Get to know Mike…
- What is your Educational background?
- 1993 Bachelors of Science - Biology, Zoology Emphasis – Northern Arizona University
- 1996 Masters of Science - Major: Entomology, Minor: Statistics – North Carolina State University
- 2000 PhD – Dual Major: Entomology and Horticultural Sciences, Minor: Plant Pathology – North Carolina State University
- What was your work experience prior to TriCal?
- I spent about 12 years doing research and extension work on bees (crop pollination; conventional and organic control of parasitic honey bee mites and other bee pests).
- What job would you be doing if you didn't work for TriCal?
- Researcher at USDA or a university. Anything involving agriculture – plants, insects, microbes, etc., are all fascinating to me, especially how various pests impact the availability of food to my fellow humans.
- What do you do when you’re not at work?
- I’m a family man, so anything involving my wife and kids is top priority. We’re all “outdoorsy”, so we love to hike in the mountains, play at the beach, the usual stuff families do. As far as strictly personal hobbies, my biggest indulgence is growing cacti and succulents. These plants are highly specialized and adapted for survival in harsh environments, come in a myriad of beautifully bizarre forms, and remind me of my childhood in Arizona.