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Dr. Joan Davenport

Joan Davenport 2014 cropped Professor/Soil Scientist Education B.S. (Magna), Plant Science, Rutgers the State University of NJ (1978) M.S., Soil Management, Iowa State University (1981) Ph.D., Soil Chemistry, The University of Guelph (Canada, 1985) Post-Doctoral Research Assoicate in Tree Fruit Nutrition, WSU, Wenatchee, WA 1986-1988 Scientist, Senior Scientist, Manager of Agricultural Research, Ocean Spray Cranberry, 1988 – 1996 At WSU Prosser since 1997, attained current rank of full Professor in 2007.

Since completing her Ph.D. in 1985, Joan has worked at Washington State University (WSU) and at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., where she has conducted research in soil fertility and plant nutrition mostly in perennial fruit crops.  Through her efforts at Ocean Spray in modifying nitrogen management practices in cranberry, Joan helped cranberry growers in New Jersey increase their yields over 40%. Through her research activities with both Ocean Spray and WSU, Joan has been able to spend time in Australia and in Chile, working on research projects in soil fertility and plant mineral nutrition in wine grapes and cranberry. Joan is passionate about soils, she taught Introductory Soils throughout her graduate education and since returning the WSU in 1997 has taught, both individually and in teams, Soil Physics, Pedology, Soil Fertility, Soil Fertility Management, Soils: A Living System, Current Research in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture and Advanced Viticulture.

Joan is a the current chair of the Western Region Nutrient Management Coordinating Committee, a fellow of American Horticulture Society and member of it’s finance committee, a member of the Soil Science Society of America, as well as a board member of the Washington State Grape Society.

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