Apple breeder honored for leadership
Dr. Kate Evans collaborates nationally and internationally.
Dr. Kate Evans, apple and pear breeder with Washington State University in Wenatchee, received the Women’s Leadership Through Science Award during the Washington State Horticultural Association’s annual meeting on December 6.
Evans joined WSU in 2008 with the principle role of leading the apple breeding program, but is also collaborating nationally and internationally. She began working as an apple and pear breeder at East Malling Research in the United Kingdom in 1992 after receiving a doctorate in plant molecular biology from Durham University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in plant biology and genetics from Leeds University.
At East Malling, Evans managed an internationally funded breeding program that produced apple and pear scions and rootstocks. She also managed various government-funded projects focusing on techniques to improve the efficiency of breeding and germplasm management, and was a U.K. partner in three projects funded by the European Union.
Laura Mrachek, who initiated the Women's Leadership Awards 15 years ago, made the presentation.