|Kasia Kinzer has been the plant diagnostician at NDSU since May 2004. After earning a B.S. (1993) from Arizona State University in Biology and a M.S. (1996) in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota, she worked as a research assistant in plant disease epidemiology at Iowa State University and in a support scientist role for the extension nematology program at the University of Idaho. She was a stock seed manager for a seed company in southwestern Idaho for several years. Current responsibilities include managing the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Lab and the NDSU Seed Health Testing Lab. She is an NDSU contact for the Great Plains Diagnostic Network and assists with First Detector Training. She also teaches and coordinates the materials for the lab sections for Introductory Plant Pathology at NDSU each fall semester.
NDSU Plant Diagnostician
James Walla has his B.S. and M.S. in Plant Pathology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and PhD in Plant Pathology (major) and Botany (Ecology) minor, North Dakota State University (1995). His position at NDSU includes providing service in the area of forest pathology, including being a resource person for the forestry community in matters involving forestry and forest pathology problems on a state, regional, and national level. This has involved thousands of consultations (no fee except for NDSU Diagnostic Lab services) with persons in various in-state, out-of-state, and international public organizations and by private individuals and businesses.