IPM Team

Doug Walsh

Doug Walsh, Washington State IPM Coordinator, Professor of Entomology

Walsh leads the Washington State Extension IPM Implementation Team. Founder and director of the Environmental and Agricultural Entomology Laboratory at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, he has received the Sahlin Award for Outreach and Engagement, the American Entomological Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management, and the WSU Excellence in Extension Award. At WSU since 1998, Walsh’s research and extension activities include a focus on hops, alfalfa seed, mint, wine and juice grapes, and pollinator protection.


Betsy Beers

Betsy Beers, Professor of Entomology, Tree Fruit IPM Extension Specialist

Beers has worked with Washington State’s pome fruit (apple, pear) and stone fruit (cherry, plum, peach, apricot) growers from WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in north-central Washington since 1985. Her numerous awards in recognition of her exemplary work in tree fruit IPM include the American Entomological Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management and the WSU Excellence in Extension Award. She served as the Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America President in 2020.


Brandon Hopkins

Brandon Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Entomology, Honey Bee Health Specialist

Hopkins is an entomologist specializing in apiculture with an emphasis on honey bee reproduction. Areas of interest include colony tracking and overwintering strategies to improve pollinator health. Hopkins served for four years as WSU’s Apiary Research and Germplasm Manager, overseeing cryopreservation of bee genetic material, and today serves as the Apiary and Laboratory Manager. His Honey Bee Health Team won the Team Interdisciplinary Award from the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences in 2019.


Drew Lyon

Drew Lyon, Endowed Chair in Small Grains Extension and Research, Weed Science

Lyon focuses on integrated weed management in dryland small grain production systems in eastern Washington, assisting growers with weed control, herbicide use, crop rotation, tillage, and other cultural practices from WSU’s Pullman campus. He works with the WSU Extension Dryland Cropping Systems Team to bring IPM perspectives and solutions to the grain growers of the state and the region. Lyon’s podcast, blog posts, and other contributions are key resources on the WSU Wheat and Small Grains website.


Carol Miles

Carol Miles, Professor of Horticulture and Vegetable Extension Specialist

Miles specializes in high-value vegetable crops including wasabi, pea shoots, edamame, watermelon, and niche-market beans and greens from WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. Recent research and extension efforts focus on grafted vegetables and biodegradable plastic mulches as IPM tools in specialty crops. She has been a WSU faculty member since 1994. Miles’ awards include the USDA NIFA Partnership Innovative Projects and Programs Team Award and the WSU CAHNRS Interdisciplinary Team Award.


Laurel Moulton.

Laurel Moulton, Horticulture Specialist, Regional Small Farms Team

Moulton specializes in integrated pest management troubleshooting for small farms with diversified cropping systems in Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties. She has worked in horticulture and botanical fields for 20 years, in such diverse disciplines as providing IPM education to home gardeners and small farms, producing native plants and native plant seeds for restoration, conducting research in native vegetation and agricultural systems, managing noxious weeds, and working as a farm laborer.


Michelle Moyer.

Michelle Moyer, Associate Professor, Extension Viticulturist

Moyer has been WSU’s designated Viticulture Extension Specialist since 2011. Her responsibilities include working with juice, processing, and wine grape producers across the state. She works closely with other members of the WSU Viticulture and Enology program, developing workshops and educational programs, publishing the Viticulture and Enology Extension News, and teaching courses in the Viticulture and Enology Certificate program. In 2020, Moyer was honored with the Extension Distinction Award from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture.


Sally O'Neal

Sally O’Neal, Senior Research and Extension Communication Specialist

O’Neal has been with WSU since 1998 as an IPM communication specialist. Her work includes developing printed and electronic pest management information for agricultural producers and urban pesticide applicators; preparing and delivering presentations on emerging and ongoing IPM research; writing and editing scientific journal articles based on colleagues’ research; assisting in the development of Pest Management Strategic Plans, and coordinating the WSU Extension IPM Team’s output for work funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


Tim Waters

Tim Waters, Regional Vegetable Specialist, Franklin County Extension Director

Waters specializes in IPM of potato, onion, carrot, dry bean, and other production vegetables in the Columbia Basin. He has worked for WSU since 2002 and been Eastern Washington’s regional vegetable specialist since 2006. Areas of interest include vegetable variety development, alternative cropping systems, and transdisciplinary IPM. Waters received the WSU CAHNRS Faculty Excellence in Extension Award in 2016 and was a member of the team that received the USDA Western Region Excellence in Multistate Research Award in 2018.