CSU, Chico News

Agriculture Professor and Fruit Production Expert Receives Second Fulbright Award

Date: 05-03-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs
Joe Wills, director
Public Affairs

Richard Rosecrance, professor of agriculture at California State University, Chico, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for 2013-2014 to teach classes and conduct research for nine months at the University of Cukurova in Adana, Turkey.

Turkey has a Mediterranean climate similar to California, and many important horticultural species – including almonds, apricots, cherries, chestnuts, figs, olives, pistachios, pomegranates and walnuts – are native to the region. Recently, new dams have been built on the Euphrates River, and land on the Cukurova plain that previously had been used only for goat and sheep grazing is now being planted with tree crops such as olives. Thus, Rosecrance says, there is a need to develop these fruit and nut industries using the latest information and technology.

Rosecrance will teach classes in the Department of Horticulture on fruit production, tree physiology, mineral nutrition and agricultural ecology. His research will focus on olive orchard management including irrigation scheduling, and he will give workshops on orchard management for local growers and on active/collaborative learning techniques for faculty.

This is the second Fulbright award Rosecrance has received. His previous grant, awarded in 2004, allowed him to spend 10 months at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa researching and teaching courses on the physiology of fruit production.

Rosecrance came to CSU, Chico in 1998. He received his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis in 1996. He attended Cornell University for his B.S. in agriculture and the University of Hawaii for his M.S. in horticulture.

“I believe strongly that my experiences at the University of Cukurova will strengthen my teaching, research and extension programs at CSU, Chico,” Rosecrance said.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.iie.org/fulbright.