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Mike Parker

Bio

Area(s) of Expertise

Extension (80%), research (10%), and teaching (10%) responsibilities for tree fruit. Research program includes apple rootstocks, peaches and alternative tree fruit crops, primarily applied in nature. Research interests are in the area of cultural management strategies, rootstock performance in the southeast, peach thinning, planting systems and orchard floor management.

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

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.

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Education

PhD Horticulture Michigan State University 1989

MS Horticulture Michigan State University 1985

BS Agricultural Engineering Technology Michigan State University 1982

BS Horticulture Michigan State University 1982

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