Communication Services & Information Technology
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Communication Services & Information Technology

Communication Advisory Board

The Communication Advisory Board (CAB) advises the UC ANR Communication Services & Information Technology (CSIT) groups (Strategic Communications, Publishing and Information Technology) on general policy and recommends guidelines for Associate Editors (AEs), UC ANR peer review, and annual budgetary allocations. The board, which meets quarterly in Davis, includes UC ANR academics who may or may not also be Associate Editors. Board members serve staggered three-year terms. The Director of Publishing, the Director of Strategic Communications and the Chair of the Associate Editors serve on the board as ex-officio members. 

Here is the current roster of the Communication Advisory Board:

Communication Advisory Board Chair

Photo of Dustin Blakey Dustin Blakey
Title: County Director / Farm Advisor
Cooperative Extension Inyo-Mono Counties
1360 North Main Street
Suite 229
Bishop, CA 93514
Phone: (760) 873-7854
Fax: (760) 873-7314


Communication Advisory Board Members

Photo of L. Karina Diaz Rios L. Karina Diaz Rios
Title: CE Nutrition Specialist
Specialty: Nutrition education and behavior; adaptation and evaluation of nutrition education; community nutrition; food security
University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
251A Social Sciences & Management
Merced, CA 95343
Phone: 217-552-6336


Photo of Dr Akif Eskalen Dr Akif Eskalen
Title: Plant Pathologist, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist
Specialty: Research in my lab is applied and focuses on the identification, biology, epidemiology, and control of fungal pathogens on vines, small fruit & berries, and pome fruits pathology in California.
Akif Eskalen
One Shields Ave. 267 Hutchison Hall. UC Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-0304


Photo of Ben Faber , Ph.D. Ben Faber , Ph.D.
Title: Advisor
Specialty: Soils and water, avocados and minor subtropicals in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Phone: (805) 645-1462
Fax: 805-645-1474


Photo of John M Harper John M Harper
Title: County Director Mendocino & Lake/Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor
Specialty: Sheep & goat production, range cattle production, rangeland, watershed, water quality, computer applications.
Notes: Same as Mailing Address
UCCE-Mendocino County
890 N. Bush Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 463-4495
Fax: 707-463-4477


Photo of John F Karlik John F Karlik
Title: Extension Advisor
Specialty: Environmental Horticulture/Environmental Science
Cooperative Extension Kern County
1031 South Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Phone: (661) 868-6220


Photo of Dr Igor Lacan Dr Igor Lacan
Title: Bay Area Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry Advisor
Specialty: Urban Forestry
Cooperative Extension San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
1500 Purisima Creek Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650-276-7428


Donald J. Merhaut P.h.D.
Title: Extension Specialist for Nursery and Floriculture Crops
Specialty: Plant Nutrition, Woody Ornamentals, Floriculture, Blueberry Production
4118 Batchelor Hall
Riverside, CA 92521-0124
Phone: (951) 827-7003
Fax: (951) 827-4437


Photo of Dr Fe Moncloa Dr Fe Moncloa
Title: 4-H Youth Development Advisor
Specialty: Latinx youth development, civic engagement, intercultural communication, culturally relevant pedagogy
UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg. 1
(408 ) 282-3107
San Jose, CA 95112
Fax: (408) 298-5160


Photo of Dr Max Alan Moritz Ph.D. Dr Max Alan Moritz Ph.D.
Title: Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Specialty: Fire Ecology and Management; Disturbance Regimes; Spatial Analysis; Fire Policy; Climate Change Adaptation
Notes: Publications via Google Scholar:
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
2400 Bren Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131
Phone: 805-893-8747


Photo of Tracy Schohr Tracy Schohr
Title: Livestock & Natural Resource Advisor
Specialty: Research and extension in the region focused on irrigated pasture, invasive species, mountain meadows, water quality and business management. Catastrophic fires in her counties have also lead to an evolving program on urban fire implications to natural resources, disaster preparedness and shelter management.
208 Fairgrounds Road
Quincy, CA 95671
Phone: (916) 716-2643


Photo of Laura Vollmer Laura Vollmer
Title: Nutrition Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor
Cooperative Extension San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
1500 Purisima Creek Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650-276-7429


Ex-Officio Members

Photo of Jim Downing Jim Downing
Title: Director of Publishing; Executive Editor, California Agriculture
2801 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618-7779
Phone: (530) 750-1352


Photo of Linda Forbes Linda Forbes
Title: Director of Strategic Communications
2801 Second St.
Davis, CA 95618
Phone: 530-750-1204


Chair of Associate Editors

Photo of Janet Hartin Janet Hartin
Title: Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor and County Co-Director
Specialty: Environmental horticulture, arboriculture, irrigation needs of landscape plants
Cooperative Extension San Bernardino County
7863 Central Avenue
Highland, CA 92436
Phone: (951) 313-2023

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