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Our Team

Principal Investigator

Pat MoorePatrick Moore

Research Professor, Department of Horticulture
Curriculum vitae

Patrick Moore is a research professor with the WSU Department of Horticulture. His plant breeding focus is on developing new cultivars of strawberry and raspberry for production in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Pat conducts research on germplasm evaluation for traits of interest to breeders, researchers, producers, and end-users. Pat has a Ph.D. in Forestry from Michigan State University, a M.S. in forestry from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in forestry from Oregon State University. In the last 25 years, Pat has released or collaborated in the release of 15 cultivars of raspberry and strawberry. He recently won the 2015 Wilder Medal from the American Society of Horticultural Science for his lifetime contributions to plant breeding.


Wendy Hoashi-ErhardtWendy Hoashi-Erhardt

Scientific Assistant Senior
Curriculum vitae

Wendy Hoashi-Erhardt researches traits of interest in strawberry and raspberry genotypes with the Small Fruit Breeding Program. Additionally, she spearheads the plant breeding of day-neutral strawberries for production in the Pacific Northwest. Wendy has a M.S. in crop science from Cornell University and a B.S. in chemistry from Wheaton College (IL). In the last 10 years, she has collaborated in the release of three cultivars of raspberry and strawberry.

Brad PughBrad Pugh

Scientific Assistant

Brad Pugh manages the small fruit research farm at WSU Puyallup, combining research field practices with management for soil health. Brad comes to the program with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University and 25 years as a Registered Landscape Architect practicing with a focus on sustainable design, LID facilities, habitat restoration, educational, sports and corporate facility design and construction.

Debbie HebertDebbie Hebert

Agricultural Research Technologist 1

Susan SmithSusie Smith

Labratory Technician 2