Washington State University Extension

Integrated Pest Management Program

About Us


Doug Walsh, Ph.D.
Environmental and Agrichemical
Education Specialist
email: dwalsh@wsu.edu

Doug is involved with IPM research and extension on crops including apples, asparagus, carrots, mint, stone fruits, hops, grapes, poplars, and onions. His projects also include pest management issues associated with riparian restoration. Doug is based at WSU's Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extention Center (IAREC) in Prosser.

Doug serves as the statewide IPM coordinator, developing annual and 5-year plans of work for implementation of integrated pest management strategies in Washington State; as an ex officio Commissioner on the Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration, assisting in the review of pest management research projects for funding; and as the Washington State Liaison to the USDA IR-4 project for minor crop pesticide registration, attending prioritization workshops and conducting field research. Doug's Environmental and Agricultural Entomology Laboratory (EAEL) serves as the Field Research Center for EPA Region 10, comprising Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, and most of Idaho.

Doug earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California at Davis. Doug's areas of expertise include acarology, agrichemicals, and economic entomology.

Holly Ferguson, Ph.D.
Extension IPM
Coordinator Specialist
email: hferguson@wsu.edu

Holly is based at WSU's Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extention Center (IAREC) in Prosser. She is responsible for coordinating local, statewide, and regional IPM projects primarily in support of the state's livestock and dairy commodities. Since joining WSU Extension in 2003, she has worked with scientists and stakeholders in a wide variety of commodities including beef cattle, dairy cattle timothy hay, alfalfa, hops, wine grapes, juice grapes, tree fruits, mint, wheat, potatoes, and carrots

Extension activities include authoring or co-authoring outreach materials including newsletter articles, web pages, and extension bulletins, and making oral and poster presentations to diverse groups of agricultural stakeholders in Washington State and beyond, including beef cattle ranchers, dry land alfalfa growers, grape growers, home gardeners, tree fruit growers, horse owners, grass hay growers, pesticide applicators, veterinarians, and university and ARS researchers. Holly is also active in grantwriting and funding acquisition.

Current and recent research activities include using digital photography to estimate fly abundance on beef cattle, conducting ear tag efficacy trials with beef cattle, assessing insecticide resistance in local populations of horn fly and face fly associated with beef cattle, and evaluating the effectiveness of bedding treatments against house flies in dairies.

Holly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economic biology from Clemson University in Clemson, SC, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Her agricultural pest management background is diverse, having worked on pests of cotton, soybean, and small grain on the East Coast before moving to the West Coast to work on the codling moth in apple. In addition, she is becoming quite the expert in the management of the flies pestering her horses residing at her ranchette.



Carrie Foss

Carrie Foss, M.S.
Urban IPM Coordinator

email: cfoss@wsu.edu

Carrie manages the WSU Urban IPM Program in western Washington which includes the WSU IPM Certification Program for Landscape and Turf Professionals, and the Structural Pest Research and Demonstration Facility. She is based at WSU's Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

Carrie developed and initiated the WSU IPM Certification Program which includes IPM curriculum for landscape and turf management and certification for continuing IPM education. She manages the Structural IPM program which includes hands-on training for pest management professionals and structural pest inspectors.

Carrie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in botany from the University of Washington and a Master of Science degree in plant pathology from the University of Hawaii. Her background includes plant problem diagnosis and research on beneficial microorganisms and management strategies for turf and ornamental diseases.

Sally O'Neal

Sally O'Neal
Research and Extension Communication Specialist

email: soneal@tricity.wsu.edu

As the editor and graphic designer for the Washington State IPM Coordinator's Office, Sally is like the anchorperson in a relay race. She's the last person who touches the baton before the finish line. In this case, the baton is IPM information and finish line is the end-user of that information--the agricultural producers, homeowners, and other stakeholders who need integrated pest management information in Washington.

Sally designs and edits most of the reports, Extension Bulletins, posters, and other outreach materials for agricultural IPM in Washington. She maintains the IPM website and authors or edits most of the grants that fund the agricultural IPM programs.

Sally earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Practice of Art from Mills College. She studied graphic design at the Universitá di Syracuse in Florence, Italy and has taken graduate courses in communications from Washington State University. Her background includes work as an art director, copywriter, and creative director for several advertising agencies and marketing firms. She served as Editor for Agrichemical and Environmental News from 1998 through 2003. Sally has written four books on travel and the outdoors and writes a weekly column for Sportsman's Guide magazine. In the course of researching her outdoor books and magazine articles, she has become a seasoned practitioner of mechanical control of mosquitoes, black flies, ticks, yellowjackets, and other nuisance pests of the Pacific Northwest.

Office of the State IPM Coordinator, WSU- IAREC, 24106 N. Bunn Rd., Prosser, WA 99350, 509-786-2226, IPM Site Webmaster