skip to content

people

Dr. Michael L. Parker - Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D. 1990 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Degree in Horticulture with special emphasis in fruit tree culture and management.
  • M.S. 1985 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Degree in Horticulture with emphasis in postharvest physiology.
  • B.S. 1982 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Dual major in Agricultural Engineering Technology and Horticulture.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1996-Present.
  • Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1990-1996.        
  • Extension Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science,  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1989-1990.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1985-1989.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, Located at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS), Lake Alfred, FL, January 1984 - March 1984.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1982-1984.

Departmental Assignments

Extension (80%)
Tree Fruit Production

Research (20%)
Apple and peach rootstock evaluation and replant strategies to increase orchard productivity and profitability and minimize orchard inputs. Influence of orchard management on tree fruit growth and orchard productivity with a primary focus on apples and peaches.

Professional Associations

  • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
  • International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
  • Southern Region ASHS
  • American Pomological Society
  • NC Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi - Xi Chapter
  • Alpha Zeta
  • International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA)
  • Michigan State Horticultural Society

Honors and Awards

  • Extension Publication Award, SR-ASHS, 1996
  • John E. Hutchison Extension Award, SR-ASHS, 1996
  • Extension Publication Award, SR-ASHS, 2000
  • NC Apple Growers Honorary Life Membership for “Outstanding Service”- 2001
  • NC Pecan Growers Distinguished Educator Award for “insightful leadership”, 2001