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Linda Chalker-Scott Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott

Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions

  • Extension Urban Horticulturist, Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Washington State University
  • Associate Professor, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University
  • Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
  • Affiliate Associate Professor, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington

Previous Positions

  • 2005-2007: WSU Master Gardener Program Curriculum Director
  • 1997-2004 Associate Professor of Plant Physiology and Landscape Management, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
  • 1989-1997: Assistant Professor (Associate 1995), Plant Physiology, Department of Biology, SUNY College at Buffalo

Education

  • Ph.D. 1988, Horticulture (double minor in Biochemistry and Botany), Oregon State University. Thesis title: Relationships between Endogenous Phenolic Compounds of Rhododendron Tissues and Organs and Cold Hardiness Development
  • M.S. 1981, Biological Sciences, Oregon State University. Thesis title: Sensitivity of the Marine Copepod Tigriopus californicus to Ultraviolet-B (290-320 nm) Radiation
  • B.S. 1978, Biological Sciences, Oregon State University

Certification

  • Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture

Professional and Honorary Memberships

  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Society for Photobiology
  • Garden Writers of America
  • International Society for Arboriculture
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, Agriculture Graduate Student Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi, National Research Honorary
  • Phi Sigma, National Biological Research Honorary

Selected Awards

  • Silver Award of Achievement (for The Informed Gardener) from the Garden Writers Association, 2009
  • Award of Appreciation, American Society for Photobiology, 2006
  • Earth Hero at School, King County Earth Legacy Initiative, 2003
  • Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association (WSNLA) Educator of the Year, 2002
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement, SUCB, 1994
  • Nuala Drescher Affirmative Action Leave Award, SUCB, 1994
  • Outstanding Research Publication Award, American Society for Horticultural Science, 1990
  • National AAAS Award in Organismic Biology, San Francisco meeting, 1989
  • Robert I. Larus Award from AAAS, Pacific Division, 1988

Current Reviewer Activity

  • Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, 2008-2009
  • Chemistry of Materials, 2009
  • Environmental and Experimental Botany, 2009
  • HortScience, 2009
  • International Journal of Agriculture and Biology, 2008
  • Journal of Cleaner Production, 2008-2009
  • Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2008-2009
  • Journal of Experimental Botany, 2009
  • Journal of Plant Physiology, 2008
  • Native Plants Journal, 2008
  • New Phytologist, 2009
  • Open Environmental Engineering Journal, 2008
  • Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 2008
  • Tree Physiology, 2008

Selected Divisional and Departmental Committees

  • Member, CAHNRS Assistant Director of Development Search Committee, 2005-2006
  • Member, Puyallup Facilities Committee, 2004-present
  • Member, Puyallup Chicona Committee, 2004-present
  • Member, CFR Elected Faculty Council, UW, 2002-2004
  • Member, CFR Synthesis Team, UW, 2000-2001
  • Member, Center for Urban Horticulture Review Committee, UW, 1999-2000
  • Chair, Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry Curriculum Committee, 1998-2004
  • Member, Personnel Committee, SUCB, 1997, 1990-1992
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, SUCB, 1994-1996; Chair, 1989-1990

Selected University Committees

  • Chair, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Review Committee, UW, 2003
  • Member, Campus Landscape Advisory Committee, UW, 2000-present
  • Member, Accountability Advisory Board, UW, 1999-2000
  • Member, Dean Search Committee, College of Forest Resources, UW, 1999-2000
  • Member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, UW, 1999-2001
  • Chair, Faculty Council on Instructional Quality, UW, 1999-2001
  • Member, Master Plan Advisory Committee, SUCB, 1997
  • Member, College Priorities Task Force, SUCB, 1996
  • Member, FNSS Dean’s Search Committee, SUCB, 1996
  • Chair, Senate Curriculum Committee, SUCB, 1996-1997
  • Chair, President’s Council for Equity and Diversity, SUCB, 1995-1996
  • Chair, FNSS Budget and Staff Allocations Committee, SUCB, 1995-1997
  • Chair, General Education Subcommittee, SUCB, 1995

Selected Recent Professional Activities

  • Board member (limited), Land Bridges Africa/Land Bridges USA, 2008
  • State editor, WSU Master Gardener Magazine, 2005-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, WSU Master Gardener Magazine, 2005-present
  • Secretary of the Board, Seattle Urban Nature Project, 2003-2005
  • Council Member, American Society for Photobiology, 2002-2005
  • Section Editor, T.P. Coohill and D.P. Valenzeno (eds.), Photobiology for the 21st Century, Valdenmar Publishing Co., Overland Park, KS.

Scientific Publications

Horticultural Myth Columns

Selected Recent Speaking Invitations

  • 2009. The Informed Gardener: Dare to be heretical! Clark County Historical Museum, Vancouver, WA.
  • 2009. The Informed Gardener: Dare to be heretical! Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood, WA.
  • 2009. Killing with kindness: how we enable trees to their ultimate demise. PlantAmnesty Festival of Trees, Seattle, WA.
  • 2009. Will sudden oak death be a problem for your Rhododendron nursery or garden? American Rhododendron Society annual meeting, Everett, WA.
  • 2009. How sustainable landscaping practices can ensure a successful restoration project. Green Tacoma Partnership, Tacoma, WA.
  • 2009. Ensuring successful restoration projects using sustainable landscaping practices. Salmon Habitat Conference, Shelton, WA.
  • 2009. Dispelling desert myths (saving time, money, and natural resources). Indio Garden Club, Indio, CA.
  • 2009. Take it all off! The bare-root method of installing trees and shrubs. Palm Desert Visitor Center, Palm Desert, CA.
  • 2009. Choose healthy plants – and install them correctly. Natural Areas Stewardship Program, Tacoma, WA.
  • 2009. The Informed Gardener: Dare to be heretical! Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, WA.
  • 2009. The Informed Gardener: Dare to be heretical! Key Center Library, Key Center, WA.
  • 2009. How plants function in urban environments. Oak Harbor Garden Club, Oak Harbor, WA.
  • 2009. Too much of a good thing: can soil amendments hurt your landscape? Tacoma Home and Garden Show, Tacoma, WA .
  • 2009. Sustainable Landscaping: Easier on your back, your wallet, and the environment. Tacoma Home and Garden Show, Tacoma , WA .
  • 2009. The “rights” of spring: avoid seven deadly sins when planting trees and shrubs. Tacoma Home and Garden Show, Tacoma, WA .
  • 2009. Sustainable landscapes and gardens. Arboretum Unit #98, Tacoma, WA.
  • 2009. The Informed Gardener: Dare to be heretical! Snohomish Garden Club, Snohomish, WA.
  • 2008. Landscape mulches: the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. Washington Turf and Landscape Association Annual Conference, Bellevue , WA .
  • 2008. Are natural pesticides better than synthetics? City of Seattle Pesticide Recertification, South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA.
  • 2008. Sustainable Landscaping: Easier on your back, your wallet, and the environment. Seattle Garden Club, Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle, WA.
  • 2008. Fall Fallacies: Avoid seven deadly sins when planting trees and shrubs. Hansville Garden Club, Hansville, WA.
  • 2008. Manna, myths, or marketing? The science behind alternative products. Inland Empire Garden Club, Spokane, WA.
  • 2008. Sustainable management of restoration soils for improved tree and shrub survival. Cascade Land Conservancy, Tukwila, WA.
  • 2008. The Informed Gardener: Dare to be heretical! Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington , Seattle , WA .
  • 2008. Desert myths. Palm Desert Rotary Club, Palm Desert, CA.
  • 2008. Garden rehab: a twelve-step program. Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, WA.
  • 2008. Bare-bones transplanting: the root of the problem or the problem of the root? Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, WA.
  • 2008. Much ado about mulches. Inland Northwest Turf, Tree & Landscape Conference, Couer d’Alene, ID.
  • 2008. Transplant science: the bare root method. Inland Northwest Turf, Tree & Landscape Conference, Couer d’Alene, ID.
  • 2008. Plants without problems: selecting healthy nursery plants. Tacoma Home and Garden Show, Tacoma, WA.
  • 2008. Transplant science: the bare root method. Tacoma Home and Garden Show, Tacoma, WA.
  • 2008. Conserving water and reducing weeds with landscape mulches. Tacoma Home and Garden Show, Tacoma, WA.
  • 2008. Diagnosing environmental stresses in urban landscapes. Indiana Arborist Association, Indianapolis, IN.
  • 2008. Not my cup of (compost) tea: discovering, dissecting, and dispelling landscape myths. Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association, Indianapolis, IN.
  • 2007.Diagnosing environmental stress in urban landscapes. Washington Turf and Landscape Association Annual Conference, Bellevue, WA.
  • 2007.Preparing ornamental landscapes for winter. Natural Yard Care Seminar Series, Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma, WA.
  • 2007. Weed control with landscape mulches: what works, what doesn’t. City of Portland Pesticide Recertification Seminar, Portland, OR.
  • 2007. Weed warfare: beneficial mulches for soil improvement. Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, WA.
  • 2007. Plants without problems: a good place to start. Tacoma Home and Garden Show, Tacoma, WA.

Recent Professional Society Presentations

  • Chalker-Scott, L. and S. Olmsted. 2008. Iron deficiency in Rhododendron is due to excess soil phosphorus. The Landscape Below Ground : An International Workshop on Tree Root Development in Urban Soils. International Society of Arboriculture, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL.
  • Chalker-Scott, L. and T. Stout. 2008. Bare-rooting containerized materials: a comparison of installation techniques. The Landscape Below Ground : An International Workshop on Tree Root Development in Urban Soils. International Society of Arboriculture, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL.
  • Chalker-Scott, L. 2006. Getting out of the field and into the forest: sustainable management practices for campus landscapes. 4th International Conference on Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities, Stevens Point, WI.
  • Chalker-Scott, L. and R. Tinnemore. 2006. Is community-based sustainability education sustainable? 4th International Conference on Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities, Stevens Point, WI.
  • Chalker-Scott, L. and S. Collman. 2004. Washington State’s Master Gardener program: Thirty years of leadership in university-sponsored, volunteer-coordinated, sustainable community horticulture. 2004 Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities Conference, Monterrey Tec, Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Chalker-Scott, L. 2002. Sustainable community landscapes. 2002 Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities Conference, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
  • Bauerle, T. and L. Chalker-Scott. 2002. International Society for Arboriculture, Seattle, Washington.
  • Chalker-Scott, L. and J.D. Scott. 2002. Digital Photobiology Compendium. 2002 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Photobiology, Quebec City, Quebec.
  • Chalker-Scott, L. 2001. Do anthocyanins function as osmoregulators in leaf tissues? Invited speaker, 2001 Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society of America, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Bauerle, T. and L. Chalker-Scott. 2001. Relative effectiveness of control mechanisms for juvenile English ivy (Hedera helix) as measured by leaf respiration and root-crown starch content. 98th International Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Sacramento, CA. HortScience 36:431 (Abs.).
  • Bergendorf, D. and L. Chalker-Scott. 2001. Soil bulk density and the health of the Pacific madrone. 98th International Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Sacramento, CA. HortScience 36:529 (Abs.).
  • Chalker-Scott, L., 2001. Digital Photobiology Compendium Development Workshop. 2001 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Photobiology, Chicago, IL.
  • Chalker-Scott, L. 2001. Horticultural techniques for successful plant establishment. Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest Chapter 2001 Regional Conference, Bellevue, WA.

Current Graduate Students

  • Eric Eulenberg (PhD, WSU)
  • Kava Vale (MEH, UW)
  • Kathleen DeMaria (MEH, UW)

Graduate Student Theses

  • Deborah Brown, MEH, 2007. A tree management plan for the University of Washington, Seattle campus.
  • Amanda Stuckey, MEH, 2007. Effects of planting techniques on Pacific Northwest native conifers in urban forested open spaces.
  • Jina Chan, MS, 2004. Effects of harvest method and stratification on germination of California beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. californica ).
  • Scott Olmsted, MS, 2004. Foliar chlorosis in Rhododendron due to excess soil phosphorus.
  • Paul Cereghino, MS, 2004. Survival and growth of three native shrubs planted as unrooted cuttings across a wetland-upland gradient: Cornus sericea, Rubus spectabilis, and Symphoricarpos albus.
  • Tammy Stout, MS, 2004. Treating containerized material as bare-root material: a comparison of installation techniques.
  • Jennifer Brickey, MS, 2004. Determination of the effects of anti-icer compounds upon the rare plant Hackelia venusta.
  • Gemma Alexander, MS, 2003. Effect of mulch on Pacific Northwest natives.
  • David Bergendorf, MS, 2002. The influence of soil properties on the morphology and health of the Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii Pursh) in Seattle public parks.
  • Taryn Bauerle, MS, 2001. Relative effectiveness of control mechanisms for juvenile English ivy (Hedera helix) as determined by environmental and physiological variables.
  • Michelle Salemi, MS, 1999. Seasonal characterization of the phenolic layer beneath floral buds of Rhododendron spp.
  • Alynda Empie, MA, 1998. Monitoring population dynamics in Daphnia pulex fed ultraviolet-B irradiated Chlamydomonas reinhardtii – an investigation into food quality modification.
  • Carol Siegel, MA, 1997. Non-polar lipid profile of leaves of Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh., Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh. hybrids, and other Castanea spp.
  • Norman Johnson, MA, 1996. Effects of germicidal ultraviolet radiation on the quality of a wastewater treatment facility effluent containing algal total suspended solids.
  • Anne Snyder, MS, 1996. A comparison of germination techniques on the seeds of Cypripedium acaule (Ait.).
  • Susan M. Brodka, M.S., 1993. The effects of boron deficiency and mechanical stress on broccoli.
  • Chris A. Dunning, MA, 1993. The effect of prior exposure to ultraviolet-B radiation on the ‘English Roseum’ cultivar of rhododendron and its subsequent ability to cold harden.
  • Julie A. Lockett, MS, 1992. A study of the association between Ribes uva-crispa L., the European gooseberry, and Sphaerotheca mors-uvae [(Schwein.) Berk. & Curt.], the American gooseberry mildew.

Selected Grants Funded (PI unless otherwise noted)

  • Development of an industry-specific basic training manual in sustainable management of urban landscapes. (Washington State Department of Agriculture Nursery Grants Program, Fall 2004: $20,000; Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, $11,407).
  • Comparisons of plant quality among large production nurseries. (Washington State Department of Agriculture Nursery Grants Program, Fall 2003: $20,000)
  • Will a carbon-rich mulch cause nitrogen deficiency in landscape plants? (Washington State Department of Agriculture Nursery Grants Program, Fall 2002: $28,294)
  • Management of whitebark pine: assessing predisposition to fire and disease. (USDI National Park Service, Fall 2002: $16,069)
  • Turf application of phosphate fertilizer and potential for groundwater contamination. (King County Dept. of Natural Resources, Winter 2002: $10,000)
  • Treating containerized shrubs as bare-root material: a comparison of installation techniques. (Washington State Department of Agriculture Nursery Grants Program, Fall 2001: ($23,754)
  • Is foliar chlorosis in Rhododendron due to excess soil phosphorus? (Washington State Department of Agriculture Nursery Grants Program, Fall 2001: $25,014)
  • Heron Glen wetland restoration project. (CBC Inc., Spring 2001: $10,000)
  • Determination of the effects of anti-icer compounds upon the rare plant Hackelia venusta. (Washington State Department of Transportation, Spring 2001: $11,900)
  • Sustainable Community Landscapes: Restoring Public Urban Sites. (UW Tools for Transformation, Spring 2001: $50,000)