Webinar on Pesticide Use in Forests
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Watch the webinar recording below:

– John L. Kough, Office of Pesticide Programs, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Environmental Protection Agency – View Bio | View Slides

Dr. John L. Kough is a senior scientist in the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Kough has been at EPA since 1990 and has worked in the biotechnology programs of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. In his work with the Office of Pesticide Programs, he has reviewed the scientific data submitted for plant-incorporated protectants (genetically engineered plants) and many of the microbial and biochemical pesticides currently registered. Dr. Kough has presented EPA’s position at numerous Scientific Advisory Panels on topics like product characterization, protein toxicity assessment, RNA interference and food allergenicity. He attended Reed College and received a B.A. in biology in 1975. He has a Ph.D. in plant pathology from Oregon State University, had a post-doctoral fellowship with the French Agricultural Research Institute (INRA) in Dijon, and worked for IGEN, a biotechnology company designing immunoassays for plant pathogens, before joining EPA.

– Robyn Rose, USDA-APHIS, Plant Protection and Quarantine – View Bio | View Slides

Dr. Robyn Rose is the National Policy Manager at the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) at USDA-APHIS. Dr. Rose is responsible for the overall planning and direction of policies for the emerald ash borer, biological control and honey bee plant pest and disease programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She is also responsible for the program’s budgets, regulations, and environmental compliances.  Prior to her current position, she served as the National Policy Manager for the Asian longhorned beetle eradication program, managed programs for Sirex woodwasp and cactus moth. Dr. Rose’s federal career spans over 20 years, starting first with the Environmental Protection Agency before joining the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She led ecological and National Environmental Policy Act risk assessments for biological pesticides and genetically engineered crops. Dr. Rose received her Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Florida, and her Masters and Doctorate in entomology from Iowa State University and University of Maryland. A Maryland native, Dr. Rose now resides in Virginia.