Ramon Arancibia appointed assistant professor of horticulture and extension specialist
He is one of 19 new faculty members that were recently hired in Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. New positions in the college were identified to bring new talent to its focus areas, including food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.
Arancibia received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University with dual focuses in education and horticulture. His master's degree from the same institution also focuses on plant health and education. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chile in agricultural sciences.
The mission of Arancibia’s horticulture research and extension program at the Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center is to improve sustainability of the vegetable crop industry in Virginia.
His research activities are concentrated in sustainable production systems such as organic production, plasticulture, including mulch, rowcover and high tunnels, and micro-irrigation in vegetable crops. Arancibia’s outreach activities are focused on building a bridge between researchers, extension personnel and stakeholders to address their needs with tangible results that will enhance the quality of life within the community.
Written by Amy Loeffler.