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Robert Michael Pyle

Robert Michael Pyle is the author of 24 books, including Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide (currently a feature film, The Dark Divide), Wintergreen (winner of the John Burroughs Medal) and a flight of butterfly books.  Robert is also 2021 PEN American Literary Award nominee for DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY: Nature Matrix: New and Selected Essays, Robert Michael Pyle (Counterpoint Press).

A Yale-trained ecologist, Guggenheim Fellow, and founder of the Xerces Society, he is a full-time writer and biologist living in Southwest Washington.

Dr. Gail Langellotto

Dr. Langellotto is Professor of Horticulture and the statewide coordinator of Oregon State University’s Extension’s Master Gardener Program. She has a Masters degree in Science  and a Ph.D. in Entomology, and is the principle investigator of OSU’s Garden Ecology Lab.

Gail Langellotto
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Dr. Gwynne Mhuireach

Dr. Gwynne Mhuireach received a B.S. in Biology, Masters in Architecture, and Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture. She has been a member of the Biology and Built Environment Center at the University of Oregon since 2009. Gwynne currently studies microbial communities associated with plants and soil in urban environments, as well as those found inside buildings. Ultimately, she hopes to develop strategies that urban planners and designers can use to improve the design and management of future cities where the majority of global human populations will live.

Dr. Jessica Rendon

Jessica Rendon works for the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program. Work alongside fellow entomologists and colleagues, they monitor, identify, and eradicate invasive insect species from Oregon. She has also worked on the Oregon Bee Project. She has a BS degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Idaho.

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Andony Melathopoulos

Andony Melathopoulos

As Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health Extension, Dept of Horticulture at OSU, he is on the steering Committee of the Oregon Bee Project, which he coordinates pollinator health work across state agencies, leads the Oregon Bee Atlas and hosts a weekly podcast called PolliNation.

Rich Little

2013 Master Gardener of the Year for Linn Co, Rich received his BS in Entomology from University of California Riverside and retired after a career with the California Department of Food & Agriculture in 2010 as a Deputy Agriculture Commissioner.

Rich Little
Jen Hayes

Jen Hayes

Jen is a graduate student in OSU’s Horticulture Department and a member of the Garden Ecology Lab. Passionate about pollinators and native flora, she fell in love with native bees and botany as an undergraduate in the Ricketts Lab at the University of Vermont. Since her first exposure to bee research, she has had the opportunity to work on pollinator studies in Vermont, Ecuador, North Dakota, and Oregon. She’s interested in how human-developed landscapes, such as farms and gardens, can achieve the dual goals of pollinator conservation and plant productivity.

Kristin Trippe

Kristin Trippe

Kristin is a Research Soil Microbiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service based in Corvallis, Oregon. Her laboratory studies agronomic practices that improve ability soil health, including the addition biochar-based amendments. Kristin serves as a Board Member of the US Biochar Initiative and is the Chair of the Soil Biology and Biochemistry Division of the Soil Science Society of America.

Weston Miller

Weston serves as the Community and Urban Horticulturist for OSU Extension Service. Since 2007, he has managed the Master Gardener™ program in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. He is the program manager for Solve Pest Problems for OSU and is working with Oregon State University and stakeholders to plan and initiate this state-wide outreach program. Weston serves as elected Director and Treasurer for West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.

Weston Miller
Mykl Nelson

Mykl Nelson

Instructor of Urban Agriculture for Oregon State University, his graduate research focused on analyzing urban garden soils and comparing composition between raised beds and in-ground beds. From steering his first tractor above row crops in Wyoming to building his first greenhouse in Colorado, he’s subsequently worked on various organic forms in Oregon.

Janet Magedanz

Janet’s interest in gardening began when living in North Dakota and matured after several garden tours to Great Britain. A plant nerd who loves to talk about plants, Janet has opened her garden to many tours. As a Master Gardener, she has increased her love of gardening and willingness to share what she has learned.

Janet Magedanz