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Keynote Speaker

Philip Mote

Vice Provost & Dean, Oregon State University Graduate School

Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Philip Mote is vice provost and dean of the Graduate School and remains active in the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) and the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) for the Northwest. He is very active in leadership of the 60,000-member American Geophysical Union, as President of Global Environmental Change, member of the Council, Vice Chair of the Council Leadership Team, and a member of the Board.

Philip was the founding director (2009-19) of OCCRI and remains involved in communicating climate science within Oregon.

He earned a B.A. in Physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.



Dr. Kate Evans

Washington State University Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Wenatchee, WA

Interim Director, Professor of Horticulture (pome fruit breeding)

Kate leads WSU’s apple scion and pear rootstock breeding programs which released the Cosmic Crisp® brand apple recently to the Washington apple industry. Kate is currently also the Interim Director of WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, based in Wenatchee, which also houses programs on entomology, post-harvest pathology, tree fruit physiology, post-harvest systems, orchard management/production systems, organic/sustainable agriculture, small farms and tree fruit extension.

Kate came to Wenatchee from the U.K. where she led an apple and pear breeding program at East Malling Research for 16 years. She received all her formal education in the U.K., a BSc(hons) in Genetics/Plant Biology and a PhD in plant molecular biology.


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