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Alex Belskis CIPM Employee



Alex Belskis - Business and Technology Application Analyst. A web application programmer for the Southern Region IPM Center. Graduated from Duke University with a B.S.E. and North Carolina State University with a M.C.S.







Brendan Beyer - Research Associate








Robin Boudwin - Business and Technology Application Analyst. She received her BA in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering from Louisiana State University.  She has over 20 years of ColdFusion application development experience and is currently developing and supporting the National IPM Database application for the Southern IPM Center.





Maria Emilia Bustos Griffin







Jennifer Cook 



Jennifer Cook - Research Assistant. Received Doctorate in Plant Pathology from University of Florida in 2006.








Luz Davila - Accounting Technician. Graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and has an Associate Degree from Wake Technical Community College in Accounting. Currently works as the bookkeeper, contract manager for CIPM.








Jean-Jacques Dubois







Sherrie Emerine- Research Assistant, weed scientist for PestLens. She has a B.S. in Plant Biology and an M.S. in Weed Science from NCSU. In addition to her work with PestLens, Sherrie has written weed alerts for the NC Cooperative Extension and the National Park Service. 






Ernie Hain - Pest Prioritization Project







Rosemary Hallberg



Rosemary Hallberg - Technical Writer and communication director for the Southern IPM Center. She manages the blogs, social networking and publication aspects of the Center. She writes success stories on southern region grants and coordinates the Friends of Southern IPM award program. She has a North Carolina Environmental Education certification and a Masters in English from NCSU.





April Hamblin – GPDD Research Assistant. Earned her M.S. in Entomology from NCSU and B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Stockton University. Graduate and Undergraduate GIS Certificates from both universities.







John Hastings – Research Assistant and Cooperator with USDA-APHIS-PERAL. He has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Forestry from NCSU. John is working on Integrative Spatiotemporal Risk Analysis of Fruit Flies. 






Sheila Hatcher



Sheila Hatcher - Business and Technology Application Analyst. She graduated from NC Agricultural & Technical State University with a B.S. in Computer Science. Her projects consist of creating and maintaining USDA websites.





Carol Hicks



Carol Hicks – Research Scholar, cooperator with USDA-APHIS-PERAL in Specialty Crop Exports. She has a B.S. in Horticulture and a M.S. in Entomology from Louisiana State University. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening.





Bimal Kumar




Bimal Kumar - Business and Technology Application Analyst







Jessica LeRoy - GPDD Research Assistant. 






Frank Louws


Frank Louws - CIPM Director and Professor for the Department of Plant Pathology. Directs multistate Speciality Crops Research Grant on Grafting Fruiting Vegetables. Graduated from University of Guelph with a B.Sc. (with distinction) in Horticulture and a M.Sc. in Plant Pathology. Graduated from Michigan State University with a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology and Postdoc in Microbial Ecology. Received Excellence Award (Team Leader) in 2010 for NC Cooperative Extension Service Foundation Grange Search, Outstanding Service Award in 2009 North Carolina Strawberry Growers Association, and American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Extension Paper Award in 2009. Link to CV







Roger Magarey



Roger Magarey - Senior Researcher. His research interests are risk mapping of exotic plant pests, plant pest forecasting, species distribution modeling and cyberinfrastructure.






Douglas McPhie- Research Assistant, entomologist for PestLens. He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Entomology from NCSU. Previously he was a CIPM intern with the PERAL Pest Prioritization Project.







Scott Meyer - Business and Technology Application Analyst








Roslyn Noar - Research Assistant, plant pathologist for PestLens. She has a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from NCSU. Her PhD research focused on pathogenicity mechanisms in the fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis, causal agent of black Sigatoka disease of banana.







Godshen Pallipparambil - Research Scholar. Godshen is a CIPM cooperator with PERAL and is primarily involved with the development of New Pest Response Guidelines for high-risk exotic pests. He is also the P.I. for the CAPS Pest Prioritization model. Godshen has a Ph.D. in Entomology from University of Arkansas and post-doctoral experience from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. In addition to current experience in regulatory entomology, he has research experience in molecular and behavioral plant-insect interactions, host plant resistance, biological control, pest management in biofuel crops, and development of crop productivity models.




Ernesto Robayo Camacho - Research Scholar. Collaborator with USDA-APHIS in exports analyses. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he earned a Ph.D. in Entomology and a M.S. in Plant and Environmental Sciences (Plant Pathology) from Clemson University. Ernesto has research experience with soft scales on shade trees in the urban landscape, Phytophthora spp. attacking floriculture crops, and viruses affecting cassava and citrus orchards. He has worked as a Research Specialist at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center, as a Project Manager with Abengoa Energy Crops in Florence, South Carolina, and as a Research Assistant at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia.





Andrea Sato - Research Assistant with Pest Prioritization. Andrea has a MS in plant pathology from NCSU and BS in plant pathology from Clemson University. She has also worked with GPDD, NPAG, and as a special lecturer in the Department of Horticulture, Chiba University, Japan.






Danesha Seth Carley - As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science, Dr. Carley's research and teaching programs focus on sustainably managed landscapes and the importance of green space in the urban environment. Major research cooperators include Bayer Crop Science, Burt's Bees, Syngenta, Pinehurst No. 2, and Troon Golf Management. She teaches the “Climate Change and Sustainability” course and developed and teaches the cross-disciplinary “Sustainability Issues in Golf Course Design” course. Dr. Carley also leads the EIP (formerly E-IPM) program in NC by engaging faculty and staff from NC A&T State and NCSU in IPM activities across the state.



Sandy Sferazza



Sandra Sferrazza - Business and Technology Application Analyst. Sandy is using her background in programming to help the Center develop and maintain several secure USDA/APHIS applications. 







Andrew Sharp - IT Operations Analyst. Andrew graduated from Wartburg College with a B.A in Computer Information Systems. He is currently a network and systems administrator for the center.





Mikel Shilling



Mikel Shilling - Business and Technology Application Analyst. He is developing and maintaining several secure USDA/APHIS applications.








Ann Smittu Joseph - Business and Technology Application Analyst








Clarissa Spencer - Administrative Support Associate for the CIPM. Performs administrative and office support activities for CIPM staff including the Director and Associate Directors. 





Karl Suiter



Karl Suiter - Assistant Director - CIPM






Yu Takeuchi



Yu Takeuchi - Research Scholar.  She has a B.S. in Forestry and a M.S. in Forestry (tree physiology) from Mississippi State University and Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Resources from NC State University.   She is a cooperator with USDA-APHIS-PPQ and working as a risk analyst.  In addition to preparing risk assessments for PPQ, she is currently leading a project to develop a spatial analytic framework for pest forecasts for PPQ. 




Christina Trexler



Christina Trexler - GPDD Research Assistant. Received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from the University of Central Florida and a Graduate Certificate in Geograhphic Information Systems from NCSU.





Jim VanKirk


Jim VanKirk -  Jim spent a career working in IPM, first at Cornell for 22 years then at NCSU for 11. He served as Director of the Southern IPM Center until his retirement in July 2015. He presently splits part time hours between the AFRI iPIPE project and special projects for SIPMC.







Jaap B. van Kretschmar (Ph.D. Entomology; M.S. Soil Science; B.S. Agronomy) - Research Scholar since 2014. Collaborates with USDA-APHIS-PPQ on invasive-pests projects (New Pest Response Guidelines; datasheets to support import prohibitions of program plant species).  Before doing his Ph.D. (2006-2010), van Kretschmar worked for Bayer CropScience (formerly Aventis CropScience, formerly Rhône-Poulenc Ag Co) in positions relevant to the development and stewardship of crop-protection technologies.  While a Study Director for Bayer, he conducted registration-support field studies reported to US EPA.  Van Kretschmar's Ph.D. dissertation focused on development of resistance-monitoring bioassays for cotton pests, and included a transcriptome project to identify genes potentially targetable with RNAi biotechnology.




Yulu Xia - CIPM Assistant Director. Graduated from Clemson University with a Ph.D. in Entomology, a M.S. in IPM from South China Agriculture University/Guangdong Entomological Institute and an M.S. in Computer networking from NCSU. Currently Professor in Junming University in China, Gansu Agriculture University in China, and Professor in dept. of Entomology at NCSU. Received International IPM Excellence Award in 2009.






Xingli Ma - Post Doctoral Research Associate






Yan Xu - Research Scholar, Collaborator with USDA-APHIS-PPQ.  Dr. Xu received her  B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Ecology (Insect Population Ecology), and Ph.D. in Ecology from Beijing Normal University, China.  Her Ph.D. research focused on pest risk assessment using geographic information systems. She worked for the Institute of Plant Quarantine, China Academy of Inspection and Quarantine as a risk analyst from 1988-2006, and as the Head of PRA Unit of the Institute for two years. She was invited as the only Asian expert in International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) working groups for International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) No.1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 11 from 1994-2005. Xu Yan worked for the APHIS office in Beijing as Agricultural Scientist from 2006-2017. She received Honor Awards from the United States Mission to China in 2013, 2015 and 2016, and the USDA-APHIS Administrator’s Award in 2015.