Dr. Natalie Goldberg is a Distinguished Achievement Professor and the Extension Plant Pathologist at NMSU. She received her B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly Pomona in 1983 and her M.S and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Arizona in 1987 and 1990. Dr. Goldberg's primary responsibilities include statewide educational programming in areas related to plant health management and crop biosecurity, and operating the Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Dr Goldberg also identifies new plant diseases in New Mexico, conducts applied research projects, writes educational publications, and provides information of disease outbreaks in New Mexico to the public and to regional and national pest information databases. Her recent research interests focus on the biology and genetics of Xylella fastidiosa, diseases caused by Phytophthora nicotianae, and the interaction of microbes with each other and with plants and their effects on the management of plant diseases. Dr. Goldberg also serves as the Department Head for the Extension Plant Sciences Department.
Jason M. French is the Plant Diagnostic Clinician at NMSU. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Biology in May of 2006 and his M.S. in Agricultural Biology in December of 2010. In addition to serving as the Plant Diagnostic Clinician, Jason serves as the Pesticide Applicator Training Coordinator for the Extension Plant Sciences Department. His past experience was in Integrated Pest Management of cotton and alfalfa working with Dr. C. Scott Bundy. His professional interests include: diagnosis and management of plant diseases, biology and epidemiology of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus and Xylella fastidiosa, and abiotic disorders of pecans.
Dr. Carol Sutherland has been at New Mexico State University since 1980 in various capacities. She is an entomologist by training and earned her Ph.D. in the subject from Oregon State University. While on the faculty at the University of Florida, she worked on Integrated Pest Management and biological control of various insect pests of vegetables, focusing on leafminer flies. In her long association with NMSU, she has worked on range caterpillars, grasshoppers, ants, and a great variety of insects and their relatives as submitted for identification by the public, farmers and ranchers, homeowners, businesses, colleagues, other agencies and organizations. She spends much of her time making identifications, summarizing biological and control information for these specimens, supporting county agents and participating in numerous entomology outreach programs for youth (4-H and FFA) and adults. She also spends considerable time working with Master Gardeners and the Pesticide Applicator Training and Certification programs. She is half-time as an Extension Entomologist with the Extension Plant Sciences Department at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and half-time as State Entomologist with the Bureau of Entomology and Nursery Industries, New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Leslie Beck is the Extension Weed Specialist for New Mexico State University. She received her B.S. in Horticulture and Landscape Management in 2006 and her M.S. in Agriculture in 2009 from Tarleton State University specializing in golf course and turfgrass management. She then received her Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science, specializing in turfgrass management, from Texas Tech University in 2009. From July 2013 to February 2015, she served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, specializing in turfgrass weed science, at Purdue University. Dr. Beck’s primary responsibilities include progressive statewide educational programming in weed science, including annual and perennial weed management, weed identification, and herbicide application for all cropping systems including agricultural commodities and turf and landscape areas. Her responsibilities also include interpreting and disseminating current and relevant research findings for practical use by producers through mass media, publications, producer meetings, demonstration plots, and other proven extension methods. Her long-term extension and research goal is to help individuals and professionals across multiple plant science disciplines and backgrounds to develop accurate, applicable, and effective weed identification and management strategies to address issues throughout the state of New Mexico.