New-Scientist Engagement Series Installment No. 2: HEAT!

NGRA continues our New-Scientist Engagement Series with a lunchtime (Pacific Time) talk on Monday, July 26, 2021, with the timely theme of “HEAT!” These events are designed to introduce NGRA Board and Research Committee members (and any industry stakeholders who are interested in attending) to newer scientists (and/or newer work) supporting grape-related research programs and projects. The events will provide an opportunity for two-way dialogue between national stakeholders and selected scientists, to learn about the work the scientists are doing in support of the industry, and provide industry members an opportunity to give feedback and input on program goals and industry needs. The events are free of charge and open to all. Plan to attend and meet some of the new faces leading research into the future!

New-Scientist Engagement Series No. 2: HEAT!
Monday, July 26, 2021 @ 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Pacific / 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern
Via Zoom – CLICK TO REGISTER (required)
Speakers: Brian Bailey and Megan Barlett, both of UC Davis


Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey, Plant Simulation Tools, UC Davis
Dr. Brian Bailey has an interdisciplinary background that spans the fields of engineering, computer science, and plant biology. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah in 2015, before working at the USDA-ARS in Corvallis, OR. Since joining the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis in 2016, his research program has focused on merging his interests in biometeorology and plant physiology in order to develop next-generation 3D perennial crop models for computer-aided design and management of permanent crop systems. Applications of the modeling tools have focused on canopy design, irrigation design and management, disease management, and mitigation of adverse effects of heat on grape berry development.



Megan Bartlett

Megan Bartlett, Plant Physiologist, UC Davis
Dr. Megan Bartlett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. Her research is focused on grapevine heat and drought tolerance. Her lab uses experimental and modeling approaches to identify traits and viticultural practices to mitigate the impacts of heat and water stress on grapevine performance. Her lab also develops rapid screening methods to make it feasible to target stress tolerance traits in breeding. She earned her PhD on plant drought tolerance mechanisms from UCLA in 2016 and completed her postdoctoral research, which applied theory from economics to understand how plants should regulate water use during drought to maximize long-term performance, at Princeton University in 2019.