We work with scientists, researchers, and students from around the world to ensure our programs’ success.

Management Entity

We are based in Blacksburg, Virginia, at Virginia Tech and housed in the Office of International Research, Education, and Development.
Address: 526 Prices Fork Rd. (0378) | Virginia Tech | Blacksburg, VA | 24061-0378
Phone: 540-231-3516 | Fax: 540-231-3519 | Email:
Twitter: @IPM_IL | Facebook: IPMCRSP


Rangaswamy Muniappan, Director, IPM Innovation Lab, International Research, Education & Development

Muni Muniappan

Director, IPM Innovation Lab
Virginia Tech

Ph.D., Entomology, Oklahoma State University; M.S., Agricultural Entomology, University of Madras; B.S., Agriculture, University of Madras.

Muniappan is an entomologist who has specialized in biological control and integrated pest management research in the tropics for more than 35 years. As the program director for the IPM Innovation Lab, Muniappan works with USAID and partner institutions in the United States and developing countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Phone: (540) 231-3516 | Email:


Van Crowder

Administrative Principal Investigator, Executive Director, OIRED
Virginia Tech

Ph.D., Adult and Continuing Education, Cornell; M.S., Communication Arts, Cornell; B.S., Cornell, 1974.

Dr. Crowder has more than 25 years of experience with international development projects, and has worked for such influential development organizations as the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He now directs the Office of International Research, Education, and Development at Virginia Tech.

Phone: (540) 231-9665 | Email:


Amer Fayad

Associate Director and Africa Program Manager, IPM Innovation Lab
Virginia Tech

Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, Virginia Tech; M.S., Crop Protection, American University of Beirut; B.S., Agriculture and Diploma of Ingenieur Agricole, American University of Beirut.

Fayad is a plant pathologist who specializes in plant viruses. His research experience focuses on identifying viruses and studying the interactions between viruses and plant virus resistance genes.

Phone: (540) 231-966 | Email:

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Jaspreet Sidhu

Research Associate, IPM Innovation Lab
Virginia Tech

Ph.D., Entomology, Louisiana State University; M.S., Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, India; B.S., Agriculture Honors, Punjab Agricultural University, India.

Phone: (540) 231-966 | Email:

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Zara Shortt

Financial Coordinator, IPM Innovation Lab
Virginia Tech

M.S., Accounting, Virginia Tech; B.S., Accounting and Management, Virginia Tech.

Shortt develops and manages the allocation of project budgets and project cost proposals. She is responsible for departmental accounting projects and oversees project activities to ensure compliance with regulations.

Phone: (540) 231-3513 | Email:

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Stephanie Parker

Communications Coordinator, IPM Innovation Lab
Virginia Tech

M.A., Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism, University of Montana;
B.A., Marketing Management, City University of New York – Baruch College.

Parker is responsible for creating a strong web and social media presence along with the IPM Innovation Lab’s writing, photography, and video needs. She has experience in international pest management, having completed her master’s work on the coffee rust fungus in Central America.

Phone: (540) 231-1587 | Email:

Daniel Sumner

Assistant Director of Women and Gender in International Development, OIRED
Virginia Tech

M.S., Geography, Virginia Tech;
B.S., Anthropology, James Madison University

Phone: (540) 231-4297 | Email: 


E.A. “Short” Heinrichs

Asia Program Manager
University of Nebraska

Ph.D., Entomology, Kansas State University; M.S., Entomology, University of Nebraska; B.S., Agriculture, University of Nebraska.

Heinrichs is a specialist in rice entomology, host plant resistance to insects, and integrated pest management. He has had long experience in agricultural development programs in Asia, South America, and Africa, and is now serving as the Asia Program Manager of the IPM Innovation Lab.

Phone: (402) 472-6011 | Email:

Principal Investigators

Wondi Mersie

Wondi Mersie

Principal Investigator,
Biological Control of the Invasive Weed Parthenium hysterophorus in East Africa

Virginia State University

Ph.D., Plant Physiology/Weed Science, Virginia Tech; M.S., Crop Protection, University of Reading; B.S., Plant Sciences, Addis Ababa University.

Mersie is the associate dean and director of research programs at the Virginia State University College of Agriculture in the areas of food science, small ruminants, and plant science. He has over 25 years of experience in weed science research, and has led the IPM Innovation Lab project on the biological control of Parthenium for the past ten years.

Phone: (804) 524-5631 | Email:


Nir Krakauer

Principal Investigator
Modeling for Biodiversity and Climate Change

Ph.D., Geochemistry, California Institute of Technology; post-doc work at the University of California at Berkeley.

Nir Krakauer is an associate professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York. He heads several international projects related to water management in changing climates, sustainable agriculture, and improved weather and climate forecasts. Additional interests of his include grid integration of renewable energy, educating engineering students in ecological thinking, and using statistical tools for epidemiology and personalized medicine. He is on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Committee for Adaptation to a Changing Climate as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Task Force.

Phone: (212) 650-8003 | Email:

George Norton

George Norton

Principal Investigator, Vegetable IPM for Asia

Ph.D. and M.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Minnesota; B.S., Cornell University.

George Norton is a professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. He has over 35 years of experience teaching and working in agricultural development, with a focus on evaluating impacts of agricultural research and the economics of integrated pest management. He has conducted research in more than 30 developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Phone: (540) 231-7731 | Email:

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Nguyen, Van Hoa

Principal Investigator, IPM for Exportable Fruit Crops in Vietnam 

Ph.D., Plant Virology; M.S., Plant Virology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India; B.S., Agronomy, Cantho University, Vietnam.

Nguyen Van Hoa is director general of Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI) in Vietnam and a plant virologist specializing in serological and molecular biology. For more than 10 years, he has conducted research on biological control and integrated pest and disease management of tropical fruits, as well as G.A.P. development on horticulture. Nguyen Van Hoa has worked closely with many international institutions, such as JIRCAS, JICA, CABI, FFTC, VNCI, TFNet, ACIAR, AFACI, KOPIA, etc. in different aspects of fruit production and protection.

Phone: (+84) 918-582261 | Email:,

John Cardina

Principal Investigator, Vegetable Crops IPM for East Africa

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Forage Science Virginia Tech; B.S. Agronomy Ohio State University

John Cardina is a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at Ohio State University. His research addresses emerging issues in invasive plant ecology and management. Recent emphasis is on development of new crops and sustainable practices for crop production and maintenance of natural and managed systems. He has published widely on the weed seedbank processes, population dynamics, and use of plants to solve environmental problems in the context of ecological design. Of particular interest to him is plant-human interactions and the ways people perceive, value, use, and care for plants in managed and natural environments.

Phone: (330) 263-3644 | Email:

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Buyung Hadi

Principal Investigator, Rice IPM for Cambodia

Ph.D. Entomology, Auburn University; M.S. Horticulture, University of Hanover; B.S. Agriculture, Bogor Agricultural University.

Buyung Hadi is an entomologist at the International Rice Research Institute. He leads the research program on the utilization of endophytic entomopathogenic fungi and plant-growth promoting rhizobacteria in rice pest management.  He also contributed to the creation of the pest management and pesticide usage standards for Sustainable Rice Platform. He also worked previously as the Pesticide Education and Urban Entomology Coordinator at South Dakota State University. He has published studies on sudden death syndrome in soybeans, yellow dwarf virus in barley, and wheat streak virus.

Phone: (+63) 2-5805600 |


Abhijin Adiga

Principal Investigator, High-Resolution Monitoring of the Spread of Agricultural Invasive Species

Virginia Tech Biocomplexity Institute

Ph.D., Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science; M.S., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science; B.S., Engineering, Bagalore University.

Abhijin Adiga is a senior research associate at the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL), Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. His interests are in network science, algorithms, combinatorics and game theory with current focus on dynamical processes over networks and design & implementation of complex simulation systems. His paper in AAAI’13 received “Honorable Mention For Outstanding Novelty of Research Question” award.

Phone: (540) 204-6679 | Email:


Tadele Tefera

Principal Investigator, IPM for Rice, Maize, and Chickpea in East Africa

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Ph.D., Agricultural Entomology, Stellenboch University; M.S., Plant Pathology, Haramaya University; B.S., Plant Sciences, Haramaya University.

Tadele Tefera is the Country Head it icipe Ethiopia. He has more than 15 years’ experience in IPM education, research, and development from national and international institutions. He served as senior entomologist and IPM expert at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT Nairobi). His research focused mainly on developing maize hybrids and inbred lines. He’s worked closely with small-scale farmers, donors, policy makers, national agricultural research and extension systems, development program, NGOs, and the private sector.

Phone: (+251) 1-463215 | Email:

Technical Advisory Committee

Portrait from the LSU AgCenter Communications Office.

Lawrence Datnoff

Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee

Louisiana State University

University of Illinois – Plant Pathology; Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Illinois; M.S., Plant Pathology, Virginia Tech; B.S., Horticulture and Plant Pathology, University of Georgia.

Datnoff is the the Department Head and a Professor in the Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology Department at Louisiana State University.  He is investigating a novel nutritional approach to managing plant diseases, which involves the study of the role of silicon for suppressing plant diseases. His interests include understanding the interactions of silicon with fungicides, residual effects of silicon on disease development, the influence of silicon in the enhancement of host plant resistance, and the mechanism (s) of silicon-mediated resistance.

Phone: 225-578-1464 | Email:

Glen L Hartman, Crop Sciences, CropSci, College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, ACES office_phone: (217) 244-3258 office_address: Crop Sciences #6 1101 Peabody M/C 637 uiuc campus mail, IL 00001 title: ADJ PROF, Natural Res & Env Sci PROF department: Crop Sciences

Glen Hartman

Member of the Technical Advisory Committee



Srinivasan Ramasamy

Member of the Technical Advisory Committee


Shoki Al-Dobai

Member of the Technical Advisory Committee



Dely Gapasin

Member of the Technical Advisory Committee


USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative


John Bowman

Senior International Affairs Specialist, USAID Bureau for Food Security

M.S. Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin

Bowman has nearly 30 years’ experience designing, implementing and managing agricultural development projects in more than 30 countries. Much of his past and current work has revolved around containing bird flu.

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