Faculty Mentors

Seeds For The Future

Faculty Mentors for the Seeds For the Future Program - Summer Research Experience in Applied Seed Microbiology

The Seeds For The Future Program brings together faculty members from Gonzaga University in Washington, the University of Idaho, and Treasure Valley Community College in Oregon. This mentoring team has extensive experience with seeds, seedlings and seed-microbes. Within the Inland Northwest, we have worked in sagebrush steppe communities, ponderosa forests, Palouse prairies, rangelands, orchards and wheatfields. Our range of experiences and the strategic location of our institutions, in a premier seed production region, offers students a unique and meaningful experience.
 

Faculty Mentors

Julie Beckstead, Ph.D

Dr. Julie Beckstead (Ph.D.) is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Her research program focuses on fungal-seed interactions that improve seeding establishment and success of habitat restoration.​

George Newcombe, Ph.D

Professor in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. His research program focuses on exploring beneficial and pathogenic seed microbes for regenerative agriculture with a focus on bioactive seed bacteria.

Mary Ridout, Ph.D

Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. Her research program focuses on links between endophytic seed microbes and seed quality.