Cassandra L. Swett

Cooperative Extension Specialist-Vegetable and Field Crop Pathology
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Phone: 530-742-3377
Email: clswett@ucdavis.edu

Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis
M.S., Tropical Plant Pathology, University of Hawaii, Manoa
B.S., Plant Science (Philosophy minor), UC Santa Cruz

Areas of interest: Ecosphysiological interactions of fungal symbionts with plant hosts across the endophyte-pathogen continuum; overcoming pathogen-related barriers limiting adaption to increased scarcity of high quality water; Fusarium ecology.

Publications–Research Gate

Johanna Del Castillo-Munera

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Email: jdelcastillo@ucdavis.edu

Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Michigan State University
M.S., Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
B.S., Microbiology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Areas of interest: Population genetics, microbial ecology, and characterization of fungal and oomycete plant pathogens, to develop sustainable solutions for disease control and better tailor management strategies for greenhouses and nurseries. Adapting use of deficit irrigation to mitigate risk and perhaps co-manage root and crown rot diseases caused by oomycetes.  Extension plant pathology, to transmit our research to growers.

Elizabeth (Beth) Hellman

Master’s Student
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Email: emhellman@ucdavis.edu

B.S., Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park

Areas of interest: Fungal ecology, fungal-plant interactions, plant pathogens, water resource management, sustainable agriculture, scientific outreach. How relationships between fungi and plants modify as they adapt to changes in their environments, especially with the added perspective of our changing climate.

 

Rino Oguchi

Junior Research Specialist
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Email: roguchi@ucdavis.edu

Areas of interest: Infectious disease ecology, plant pathogens, fungal biology, the effect of environmental change on disease, and holistic disease management.

 

Justine Beaulieu

Faculty Assistant
Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland, College Park
Email: jbeauli1@umd.edu

M.S., Plant Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
B.S., Environmental Science and Policy (Environment and Agriculture), University of Maryland, College Park

Areas of interest: Phytophthora disease and management, food safety and security, sustainable management of plant pathogens, and producer training and education. East coast contingent of the Swett Lab.

Current undergraduate students

Andrea Paulk

Erin Helpio

Past Members

Sydnie Koontz, Nyny Vu