Ashley Thompson will be officially starting as Oregon State University Mid-Columbia Horticultural Extension Faculty on April 27, the university announced.

Ashley Thompson

 This new position will be responsible for tree fruit production, so will include both pears and cherries in Hood River and Wasco Counties, with Thompson’s main office in The Dalles.

 Thompson has most recently been working as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech, an MS in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine, and a BS in Biology from Susquehanna University.