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Pamela Ronald, a plant pathologist and geneticist, will be in conversation with Raoul Adamchak, author, organic farmer and manager at the University of California at Davis student farm. This conversation will be moderated by science writer, Emma Marris. Through the lens of climate mitigation, this talk will explore the science behind genetic modification of plants, new techniques in organic farming, and how these new technologies will have to be applied in the coming decades.
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Pamela Ronald is a Professor in the Dept of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center, UC Davis. She completed her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley (1990), earned a B.S. from the Reed College (1982), an M.S. from Stanford University and an M.S. from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Ronald uses genetic techniques to understand the plant response to infection and tolerance to environmental stress. With her collaborators, she received the 2008 USDA National Research Initiative Discovery Award and the 2012 Tech Award for the innovative use of technology to benefit humanity. Ronald’s book, “Tomorrow’s Table” was selected as an influential book with the power to inspire college readers to change the world. Her 2015 TED talk has been viewed by more than 1.8 million people. In 2019, she received the ASPB Leadership Award, an honorary doctorate from the Swedish Agricultural University and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Raoul Adamchak, farm manager at the University of California at Davis student farm, has been farming organically for 30 years. He is co-author, with his wife, Pamela Ronald, of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. Raoul has an MS in international agricultural development from UC Davis, and a BA in economics from Clark University.
Emma Marris is an environmental writer and an Institute Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She has written for many magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic, Wired, the New York Times, Nature and Outside. She has a Master’s in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University. In 2011, she published her first book, Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. In 2016, she gave a TED talk about seeing the hidden nature that surrounds us, which has been watched over a million times. Her forthcoming book, on changing relationships between humans and animals, Wild Souls, comes out in July 2021. She grew up in Seattle, Washington, and lives with her husband and two children in Klamath Falls, Oregon.