Deborah received her PhD from UBC in 1982, and established E.S. Cropconsult Ltd. in 1988 to offer IPM and research services to both conventional and organic agriculture in the Fraser Valley. She has been the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture since 2005, and LEEF Regional Innovation Chair at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 2009.
Shannon was the cranberry specialist for E.S. Cropconsult from 2004 to 2008. Shannon has a B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from UBC, and is currently working as an agricultural biologist in California.
Marybel was the cranberry specialist for E.S. Cropconsult from 2008-2010 and a field scout for E.S. Cropconsult since 2006. Marybel carried out research on organic controls for cranberry production, sparganothis fruitworm, and a honeybee brood pheromone. Marybel has a B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from UBC and is pursuing graduate studies in ethnobotony.
Lena was the organic vegetable and seed potato specialist for E.S. Cropconsult from 2004 – 2010. Lena has a B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from UBC and is planning to pursue a Masters of Science in plant pathology in 2011.
Kristine was a member of the ES Cropconsult team from 2009 to 2014. As a Berry IPM Consultant, she supervised a crew of field technicians to monitor blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and currants. She was involved in surveillance trapping and research on Spotted Wing Drosophila for several seasons.Kristine has a B.Sc in Global Resources from UBC and is a professional agrologist with the BCIA.
Sarah specialized in IPM for berry crops, primarily blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. She conducted research on spotted wing drosophila and cherry fruitworm. Sarah has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science with a specialization in Biology from Simon Fraser University.
Renee Prasad is the former Research Manager for E.S. Cropconsult, and is still involved at different levels in much of the research we do today. This can be anything from writing proposals and reports, developing ideas, collecting and analyzing data or spreading manure. Renee loves helping her fellow ESCers develop their skills and gain confidence as researchers. She also does IPM scouting and her own research. She has a broad range of interests in all of the tools in the IPM toolbox, but is partial to carabid and staphylinid beetles and their roles in conservation biological control and as indicators of agroecosystem health. Another one of her passions is analyzing and interpreting all that beautiful pest monitoring data collected over the years. Renee also teaches IPM classes at the University of the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack). Her PhD is in Entomology from Washington State University (Bill Snyder), MPM from Simon Fraser University (Bernie Roitberg) and at UVic, Dr. Ring was the first to teach her about frass, flies and pointmounts.
Carolyn has a Master of Pest Management (MPM) from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems (GRS) from the University of British Columbia. Carolyn worked for E.S. Cropconsult starting in 2002. She specializes in pest management for blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry crops. Her past research has focused on pheromone trapping of the raspberry crown borer, biological control of the European chafer and area-wide monitoring of new berry pests.
Brock has worked with E.S. Cropconsult starting in 2007. He was the vegetable IPM coordinator and also works in conventional potato IPM. Brock has participated in field research focused on evaluating potential organic controls for potato late blight and pesticide screening trials for control of silverscurf in potatoes. Brock has a B.Sc. in Integrated Sciences from UBC.
Emily started working with E.S. Cropconsult in 2008. She specializes in IPM of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and other berry crops. Emily has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia, and has completed the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture and the Blessed Bee Apiary Program. Her past work experience includes management of the organic perennial crops at the Centre For Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm and research for the B.C. Agricultural Research and Development Corporation. She has assisted E.S. with various research projects and preforms area wide monitoring of spotted wing drosophila, cherry fruitworm and other berry pests.
Jason was a member of the ESC team from 2012-2016. During his time with the company, he supervised a cranberry IPM field crew for three seasons and worked on various research projects. His areas of research included: area-wide pest surveillance, organic cranberry IPM development/implementation, organic pesticide/ biological control evaluation, organic weed management, nutrient management planning and soil amendment evaluation. Jason is now pursuing a M.Sc in Soil Sciences at the University of British Columbia.
Kiara has worked with E.S. Cropconsult since 2009. She has a Diploma in Environmental Studies from Langara College and B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from UBC. She is a P.Ag. with BCIA and has completed the Seed Potato Certification Inspector’s Training Course through CFIA. Kiara specializes in IPM for conventional and organic potatoes and vegetables. Her research has focused on thrips and two spotted spider mite control in potatoes, tuber damage reduction at harvest, soil nutrient management, predator release in peas, and irrigation timing in beans among other assessments of pest control options for organic and conventional production. She is also the Coop Coordinator for our summer students.