Contact Us

The UTAH PESTS Extension specialists, staff, and diagnosticians are located in the Department of Biology,
Biology and Natural Resources building, at:

Utah State University
5305 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5305
Fax:  (435) 797-8197

Diane Alston
Entomology Specialist
(435) 797-2516

Dr. Diane Alston works on a variety of commodities important to Utah, including tree fruits and onions.  She serves as IPM Coordinator for the state of Utah.  Her specialty is IPM in tree fruits, and her research interests include improving trapping methods for western cherry fruit fly and codling moth, suppression of fruit tree pests including cherry fruit fly and minor pests, biological control of plum curculio, and monitoring and management of onion thrips.  More information here.

Ryan Davis
Arthropod Diagnostician
(435) 797-2435

Ryan Davis is the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory's arthropod diagnostician.  He identifies arthropod pests of indoor and outdoor environments and provides Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans to clients. Ryan currently runs the School IPM program for the state of Utah. 

Marion Murray
IPM Project Leader
(435) 797-0776

Marion Murray coordinates the Utah IPM Program with Diane Alston.  She runs the IPM pest advisory system for the State, serving the tree fruit industry, green industry, and small fruits and vegetables.  Her current research and Extension interests include diseases of tree fruits and improving adoption of IPM in tree fruits and the green industry.

Claudia Nischwitz
Plant Pathology Specialist
(435) 797-7569

Dr. Claudia Nischwitz is interested in developing management strategies for important diseases in Utah and improved detection and identification methods for pathogens.

Ricardo Ramirez 
Entomology Specialist
(435) 797-8088

Dr. Ricardo Ramirez works on a variety of agricultural and urban systems important to Utah, including alfalfa and turf. He serves as the Utah State University supervisor for the Utah Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program, which monitors invasive pests entering the state. His specialty is IPM in field crops, and his research interests include biological and cultural control of arthropod pests.

Lori Spears
USU CAPS Coordinator
(801) 668-4056

Dr. Lori Spears is the Utah State University coordinator of the Utah Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program, which conducts state-wide surveys for non-native pests. 

Cami Cannon
Vegetable IPM Associate
(435) 797-2435

Cami Cannon conducts outreach activities for the Utah Vegetable Integrated Pest Management Program. These activities include seasonal pest monitoring, seasonal pest advisories, editing publications and fact sheets, developing web content, and designing outreach products.