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Bull Named as Department Head

Carolee Bull named head of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.

Carolee BullBefore joining the college on September 1, Carolee Bull was a research plant pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service at its Crop Improvement and Protection Research Station in Salinas, California. Her research program focused on detection and management of bacterial pathogens, integrated soil and pest management in organic production systems, and evaluation of disease-resistance traits in vegetable and fruit crops.

“Because of the warmth and kindness of the staff, students, and faculty, I feel as though I am coming home,” said Bull, a native of Beaver County.

Bull received a bachelor’s degree in botany from Ohio University; a master’s degree in plant pathology from Washington State; and a doctorate in plant pathology at Oregon State, with an integrated minor emphasizing microbial ecology.

After postdoctoral work at Swiss Federal Institute and Université de Lausanne in Switzerland, Bull joined the USDA Agricultural Research Service. She has held adjunct appointments at California State University, Fresno, and California State University, Monterey Bay. She also has mentored numerous students from Hartnell College, a two-year institution in Salinas.

Bull has served as convener of the International Society for Plant Pathology’s Committee on the Taxonomy of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria, and as secretary of the Judicial Commission of the International Committee on the Systematics of Prokaryotes.

Her honors and awards include the ARS Administrator’s Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity Award; the Mentor of the Year Award from Cal State Monterey Bay; and the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award for Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity, the highest service award for agriculture in the nation.

—Chuck Gill