Shimat V. Joseph, Ph.D.
Entomologist at University of California
Ph.D., Entomology, 2010, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Master, Entomology, 2006, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Bachelor, Agriculture, 2002, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala, India
2012 – present: IPM Entomology Advisor, University of California, Salinas, CA.
2011 – 2012: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Virginia Tech, Winchester, VA.
2010 – 2011: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Georgia, Tifton, GA.
Research and Extension
Dr. Joseph’s research addresses existing and emerging pest management issues for economically important crops in the Salinas Valley along the principles of applied insect ecology. Research projects are aimed at enhancing our understanding of biology of pest and beneficial species to develop and refine monitoring and management strategies. Major thrust is given to develop management tactics that would reduce the impact on environment and non-targets. Dr. Joseph’s extension program promotes the adoption of integrated pest management driven by lab and field data that base on the occurrence and relative abundance of major pest species of vegetables and berries, and efficacy, timing and application method of insecticides on these pests. Also, the program provides diagnosis of pest problems and timely updates on the invasive pests threatening the Salinas Valley agriculture through blog, newsletter, bulletin and other media.
Biology, ecology, and management of maggot pests (Delia spp.) in vegetable crops
Biology, ecology, and management of thrips in vegetable crops
Management of garden symphylans
Improve the management of lygus bug in strawberry
Monitor the emerging pests (e.g. bagrada bug or brown marmorated stink bug) in vegetable and berry crops