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Dr. Andrew Walker

Professor and Geneticist, Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis, CA

Andy Walker’s lab focuses on grape breeding and the genetics of resistance to pests and diseases.  He breeds rootstocks for resistance to nematodes, phylloxera, fanleaf, drought and salinity and wine grapes with resistance to Pierce’s disease and powdery mildew.  He has authored 150 peer-reviewed papers.  Andy teaches general viticulture and grapevine identification.  He served as the Louis P. Martini Endowed Chair from 2000 to 2015 and was recently appointed the Louise Rossi Endowed Chair in Viticulture.

EDUCATION:

1989    PhD, Genetics, University of California, Davis, CA

1984    MS, Horticulture, University of California, Davis, CA

1975    BS, Botany, University of California, Davis, CA

UNIVERSITY SERVICE:

Chair, Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group, UC Davis 1997 – 2015

Vice-Chair, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis 2005 – 2009

Interim-Chair, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis 2017

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

Technical Program Director, American Society for Enology and Viticulture 2011to 2015

Secretary/Treasurer, American Society for Enology and Viticulture 1999 to 2004

Chair, National Grape Crop Germplasm Committee, 2004 to present

PROFESSIONAL HONORS:

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Pannonia, Veszprem, Hungary, November 2010

Honorary Research Lecturer, American Society for Enology and Viticulture 2009

Louis P. Martini Endowed Chair in Viticulture from 2000 to 2015

Louise Rossi Endowed Chair in Viticulture from 2015 to present

Merit Award, American Society for Enology and Viticulture 2017