John joined the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology in 2001 as an instructor for the Landscape and Lawn Management program in Grand Rapids, and began working with the Pesticide Safety Education Program in 2005. John completed a Master of Science degree program in Integrated Pest Management with the MSU Department of Entomology in May of 2010, and was appointed Coordinator of the Pesticide Safety Education Program in August 2010.
As Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator, John works on developing and presenting training programs for new and experienced applicators, and the revision and rewriting of the pesticide applicator certification manuals.
John’s interests are the associations among plant communities, insects and microbes to better understand natural systems and their importance to our man-made landscapes and the environment.
John received the Michigan Association of Extension Agents 2018 Outstanding Academic Specialist Award on October 15, 2018.