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Seed Botanists

Dr. Riad Z. Baalbaki, Senior Seed Botanist (Riad's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1979, M.S., 1982, American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Ph.D., 1989, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Experience: Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1992-1998; Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1998-2005 (Chairperson, 1998-2001); Associate Seed Botanist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2006-2008; Senior Seed Botanist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2008-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Seed germination and viability testing; vigor evaluation; seed moisture determination; biochemical seed analysis; statistical analysis.

Deborah Meyer, Environmental Program Manager I (Deborah's webpage)

Education: B. A., 1986, M.A., 1978, California State University, Sacramento.

Experience: 10/12–present Program Supervisor (Nematology, Plant Pathology, Seed Science), CDFA, 10/04–10/12 Senior Seed Botanist–Supervisor, CDFA Seed Laboratory, 06/00–09/04 Senior Seed Botanist, CDFA Seed Taxonomy Laboratory, 07/84–05/00 Associate Seed Botanist, CDFA Seed Taxonomy Laboratory, 02/82–07/84 Seed Botanist II, CDFA Seed Taxonomy Laboratory, 12/80–09/81 Agricultural Inspector I, CDFA Seed Physiology Laboratory and Botany Laboratory, 02/78–09/80 Agricultural Aid, CDFA Seed Physiology Laboratory and Botany Laboratory.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Seed Laboratory–Supervisor (staff of five scientists, 4 technicians and 2+ scientific aides); primarily responsible for identification of seeds, fruits, and other plant propagules on a worldwide basis; provides scientific consultation on seed identification and seed quality assessment; performs research and develops new diagnostic methods related to the specialized fields of seed taxonomy and seed quality assessment; serves as Quality Assurance Manager for the Seed Laboratory.

Dr. Robert Price, Senior Seed Botanist (Robert's webpage)

Education: B.A., 1976, Cornell University; M.S., 1979, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D., 1987, University of California, Berkeley.

Experience: Senior Seed Botanist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2013-present; Associate Seed Botanist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2009-2013; Biological Consultant and Technical Editor for the Conifers Around the World project, 2001-2009; Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, 1993-2000; Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Systematics, Indiana University, 1990-1993; Research Associate, Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States, 1987-1990.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Identification and evaluation of seeds and fruits of agricultural, weed, and native plant species; curation and acquisition of specimens for the CDFA Seed Herbarium; systematics of Brassicaceae and conifers; molecular systematics.

Supervisors

Deborah Meyer, Environmental Program Manager I (Deborah's webpage)

Education: B. A., 1986, M.A., 1978, California State University, Sacramento.

Experience: 10/12–present Program Supervisor (Nematology, Plant Pathology, Seed Science), CDFA, 10/04–10/12 Senior Seed Botanist–Supervisor, CDFA Seed Laboratory, 06/00–09/04 Senior Seed Botanist, CDFA Seed Taxonomy Laboratory, 07/84–05/00 Associate Seed Botanist, CDFA Seed Taxonomy Laboratory, 02/82–07/84 Seed Botanist II, CDFA Seed Taxonomy Laboratory, 12/80–09/81 Agricultural Inspector I, CDFA Seed Physiology Laboratory and Botany Laboratory, 02/78–09/80 Agricultural Aid, CDFA Seed Physiology Laboratory and Botany Laboratory.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Seed Laboratory–Supervisor (staff of five scientists, 4 technicians and 2+ scientific aides); primarily responsible for identification of seeds, fruits, and other plant propagules on a worldwide basis; provides scientific consultation on seed identification and seed quality assessment; performs research and develops new diagnostic methods related to the specialized fields of seed taxonomy and seed quality assessment; serves as Quality Assurance Manager for the Seed Laboratory.

Environmental Scientists

Evelyn Ramos, Environmental Scientist

Connie Weiner, Environmental Scientist

Former Seed Botanists

Jim Effenberger, Senior Seed Botanist, Retired (Jim's webpage)

Don Joley, Senior Seed Botanist, Retired (Don's webpage)

Paul Peterson, Senior Seed Botanist, Retired

Dr. Marian Stephenson, Senior Seed Botanist, Retired