Dr. Cassandra L. Swett

Cooperative Extension Specialist-Vegetable and Field Crop Pathology
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Phone: 530-752-3377
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-saprophyte continuum; overcoming pathogen-related barriers limiting adaption to increased scarcity of high quality water; Fusarium ecology.

Publications via Research Gate

Dr. 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, sustainable solutions for disease control in field,  greenhouse and nursery production; extension plant pathology, to transmit our research to growers. Primary research focus: Understanding effects of deficit irrigation on oomycete and fungal disease risk in nursery and field production, to enable water use-disease co-management.

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. Primary research focus: How relationships between fungi and plants are altered by changes in their environment / climate-change; specifically how increases in soil salinity influence tomato-Fusarium wilt interactions.

 

Rino Oguchi

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

B.S. Global Disease Biology, University of California, Davis

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

Alexa Soto

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

B.S., Biology, Our Lady of the Lake University

Areas of interest: Infectious disease ecology, public health, disease diagnostics, and plant pathology.

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 ecology and management, food safety and security, sustainable management of plant pathogens, and producer training and education. East coast contingent of the Swett Lab.

Research and Diagnostics Interns

Heather Johnson. Graduate Student (MS), Diagnostic Intern

Erin Helpio. Undergraduate Student Intern

Current undergraduate student technicians

Andrea Paulk

Erin Helpio

Karla Espinoza

Past Members

Undergraduates:

Sydnie Koontz, Nyny Vu