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Brassica Research

Agricultural Sciences Bldg. Rm. 321
Phone: (208) 885-6710
Fax: (208) 885-7760

Mailing Address:
Brassica Breeding & Research
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339
Moscow, ID  83844-2339

Brassica Breeding and Research

Meet Our People

For any questions or suggestions regarding our research and breeding goals and various projects please feel free to contact us.

Jack Brown
Professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics
Lab: 208-885-6710
Cell: 208-301-4021

Jack was born and raised in Roslin, Scotland, now famed as the home of the Holy Grail, which is rumored to be buried in the local chapel (as described in 'The De Vinci Code'), and as the birthplace of Dolly, the first cloned sheep. Jack graduated from University of Edinburgh and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at University of St. Andrews. Jack has been a barley breeder and then potato breeder, and a search for new challenges in a rural setting prompted his move to Idaho and Brassica breeding in 1992. Special interests include breeding methodologies, selection efficiency and quantitative genetics.
Jim B. Davis
Jim B. Davis
Principal Research Specialist
Office: 208-885-4266

Jim, a native of northern Idaho, will have worked with canola, rapeseed and mustard at the University of Idaho for 29 years as of June 2017,  with 25 of those years with Dr. Brown. Jim has also worked as a plant disease diagnostician at Utah State University, with alfalfa at the University of Wisconsin, and with barley, potatoes and onions for a short time at Washington State University. Jim has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Plant Science from the U of I.
Megan Wingerson
Megan Wingerson
Research Technician Senior
Office: 208-885-4266

Megan joined the Canola, Rapeseed & Mustard Project as a full time employee in May 2011.  She had previous canola experience from working with our group as an undergraduate student while completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture at the University of Idaho.  Megan manages our oilseed chemistry laboratory and does many of the lab analyses.  Megan supervisors our undergraduate crew and assists with greenhouse operations and field work.
Ashley Job
Research Technician
Office: 208-885-6272

Ashley joined the the Canola, Rapeseed & Mustard Project in April, 2017 with previous canola experience from working with our group when she was a University of Idaho undergraduate student working on Bachelor of Science degrees in Sustainable Cropping Systems and in Environmental Horticulture, which she completed in 2015. Since joining our team as a full time employee, Ashley has taken over most of the day-to-day operations. She also provides critical assistance with fieldwork and data entry.

Eric Ireton
M.S. Graduate Student
Office: 208-885-6272

Eric is a native of Portland, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University with a B. S. in biology.  While at Corvallis, he worked with the OSU wheat breeding program as an undergraduate research assistant.  His graduate research involves studies to increase winter canola acreage in the PNW by improving agronomic practices and better documenting the rotational effects of canola on a subsequent winter wheat crop. He is also contributing to an ongoing genetic and breeding efficiency study in spring canola.