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Jonathan Oliver

Dr. Oliver is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia. He has a 75% research and 25% extension appointment. Dr. Oliver started in his current position at the University of Georgia in mid-2017 as an extension fruit pathologist at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia. His responsibilities include research and extension activities focused on pathogen biology and disease management in fruit crops grown primarily in the southern part of Georgia, including blueberries, blackberries, citrus, and other emerging fruit crops. Dr. Oliver obtained a BS degree in Plant Pathology and Microbiology & Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2005, and a PhD in Plant Microbe Biology from Cornell University, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY in 2011. In addition, he has also been postdoctoral researcher at Kansas State University and Auburn University. He currently serves as a Plant Pathology Section editor for the Southeast Regional Blueberry Integrated Management Guide, Commodity Editor for the Southeast Regional Caneberry Integrated Management Guide, and manager of the UGA Citrus Blog.

Jake Price

Mr. Price began his extension career in 1999 in Camden County where he focused on Horticultural and Green Industry Issues. In 2006 he transferred to Lowndes County and has led multiple programs to include the green industry, row crops and vegetables, and emerging crops such as citrus. Mr. Price has a BS in Zoology and BSA in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia. He also has a M. Ed. in Science Education from Georgia Southwestern University. Mr. Price has been working with commercial citrus growers in Georgia since 2013 and has four research trials in the ground to include an Owari satsuma rootstock trial, an early variety satsuma trial, a “Sugar Belle” rootstock trial, and a trial to evaluate two satsuma/changsha hybrids.

Richard Evans

Mr. Evans is the County Extension Agent in Bryan County. He attended the University of Georgia and obtained his undergraduate degree in Biological Science and worked as a lab technician at the Poultry Diagnostic Research Center and the USDA Small Fruit and Nuts Laboratory following graduation. He then attended the University of Georgia and obtained a M.S. in Entomology where he studied integrated pest management and the production of Blueberries, it was here that he gained his appreciation for the role of County Agent and the impact they can have on the community. While working as a graduate research assistant, Richard learned valuable insect identification, pest management, and fruit production skills needed to be a successful County Agent. In his new role as a County Agent, he leads a project and a team of county agents studying the movement of the Asian Citrus Psyllid, a pest of GA citrus that vectors Citrus Greening, across the southern half of the state. The project is a 3 year endeavor with ambitions of covering all GA where citrus is grown.

Will Hudson

Dr. Hudson has been an Extension Entomologist for UGA since 1988, with responsibilities for insect management programs in turf and ornamental plant production, commercial and home landscapes, pecan production, and permanent grass pastures.  He got his BS and MS degrees at Auburn University where his thesis topic was biological control of citrus whitefly.  He received his PhD from the University of Florida in 1985.  He has dealt with pests of dooryard citrus in south GA for over 30 years.

Emran Ali

Dr. Ali is a faculty member in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia. He is providing leadership for the Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab at the Tifton Campus. He has a 75% research and 25% extension appointment. Ali joined in his current position on July 1, 2018. His extension responsibilities include advanced testing for plant pathogens via molecular and serological methods on plant samples affected by bacteria, fungi, viruses, or nematodes. He also provide fungicide resistance testing support for various plant pathogens. He provide these support to extension & research personnel, commercial growers & homeowners, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture for a wide range of plant species. His research responsibilities include the development of cost-efficient and validated modern diagnostic methods for diseases across a range of crops and statewide major plant disease survey to detect and quantify decay risks. Ali completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Molecular Plant Pathology from Ehime University, Japan. Following a brief postdoctoral stint at the same institution, he completed additional postdoctoral trainings at Ohio State University and at Washington State University. His doctoral work focused on the molecular bases of plant-microbe interactions. As a postdoc at WSU, he has been working on the molecular mechanisms involved in fungicide resistance development in tree fruit pathogens.

Jean Williams-Woodward

Dr. Williams-Woodward is a Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia. She is an extension plant pathologist who focuses on ornamentals, forestry, Christmas trees, legume forages, and nursery-related disease issues.