CSU, Chico

Lee Altier

Lee Altier


Lee S. Altier, Professor Office: Plumas 221

Campus Zip: 310

Phone: 530-898-4137

FAX: 530-898-5845

E-mail Address: laltier@csuchico.edu

Personal Information

Seattle is where I grew up, but I've been a long time away. I received undergraduate degrees in anthropology at the University of Washington and horticulture at Washington State University. I farmed and did agricultural extension work in Washington State, New Mexico, and Nepal. I then received my MS and PhD in horticulture from Cornell University studying the design of ecologically sound cropping systems.

For three and a half years, besides growing collard greens and exploring swamps in south Georgia, I helped coordinate a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Tifton, Georgia in the development of REMM, a computer model to simulate riparian ecosystems.

In July 1995, I drove a truck with my family and worldly possessions to a new home in northern California. Besides growing kiwis and exploring the Sierras, I have been enjoying teaching and doing research in agroecology at California State University, Chico. My primary areas of interest are water quality control, agroecosystem modeling, and vegetable cropping systems. I am an advocate of holistic management framework for planning and decision making.


- PSSC 309:  Directed Work in Field/Row Crops

- PSSC 365:  Sustainable Vegetable Crop Production

- PSSC 390:  Food Forever

- PSSC 392:  World Food and Fiber Systems

- AGRI 432:  Holistic Management

During the 2001 -2002 academic year I was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Thailand, teaching and doing research at Chiang Mai University. Through a Fulbright Alumni Initiatives grant, we have an ongoing collaborative effort with Thai students and faculty in An Online International Exchange Program in Agricultural Globalization.

Research and Professional Interests

  • Riparian ecosystem management

Service to the College, University, and Community

  • Holistic Management Workshops
    In cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and county RCDs, we conduct workshops for farmers and ranchers to enhance their profitability and achieve short- and long-term goals.
  • Chico Grange
    Promoting connections between producers and consumers
  • Cultivating Community Project, director
    The project addresses food security needs in Butte County by promoting food production skills, nutritional knowledge, community gardens, and farmers' markets.
  • Organic Vegetable Project, director
    Comprising three acres at the University Farm, the project supports cultivation, sales, research, and education of sustainable vegetable production.
  • Plant Science Club, advisor
    The club is an opportunity for students at CSU, Chico to get together with others with common interests and share in activities related to production, sales, and career development.

Want to talk? Please get in touch! laltier@csuchico.edu