About Us

Research Program Leader

Dr. Carol Miles has diverse international experiences both growing up and in her early career where she has lived in subsistence agriculture communities in places such as Panama, Afghanistan, Cameroun, Malawi and Tanzania. Carol received her B.S. (1983) in Bio-Agricultural Science from Colorado State University, and her M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1993) in Vegetable Crops from the Department of Fruit and Vegetable Science at Cornell University. Carol’s goal has been to work with farmers to create sustainable production systems which provide a source of well-being to both the family and the community.

Fermentation Specialist

Bri Ewing is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Food Science. As the Fermentation Specialist at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, Bri teaches the popular Cider & Perry Production – A Foundation course along with other cider and fermentation workshops. Bri received her B.S. (2013) in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California Berkeley. She then worked at wineries located in Sonoma County, Napa County, and New Zealand. Bri received her M.S. (2016) in Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech where her master’s research focused on how varying apple maturities and post-harvest storage conditions affected the quality and chemistry of hard cider. Bri hopes to expand her extension program to include more resources for cidermakers and fermentation professionals as a whole.

Program Technical Staff

Ed Scheenstra grew up in eastern washington, living on farms in both the yakima valley and the tri-cities area. After obtaining his B.S. in Environmental Science in 1999, he spent 4 years working with the Weed Science Dept. and USDA-ARS in Pullman, WA. Ed has lived in the Mount Vernon area since 2004 and is excited to be back with WSU as a part of the Vegetable Horticulture team.

 

Jacqueline King grew up in Alaska, earned a BA at the University of Alaska and an MA in English Language at Indiana University before discovering the wonders of fruit horticulture as an orchard volunteer in Israel 1971-77. Since 1979 she has worked at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC as a technical assistant in Fruit Horticulture, first for Dr. Bob Norton and then for Gary Moulton. In 2007 she began working for Dr. Carol Miles in the Vegetable Horticulture program, and now helps with report and grant writing, bulletin editing and submission, revising web pages, photography and graphics, and other project assistance.

Program Graduate Student

Travis Alexander grew up in Southern California, earned a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego and an M.S. in Horticulture and Agronomy at the University of California, Davis. His masters’ research was focused on chilling injury in peaches for the fresh and canned fruit markets. His doctorate work will focus on the postharvest implications, if any, of introducing mechanization in the harvesting of cider apples. Travis is fluent in English and Spanish and currently working on speaking Russian.