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Virginia Bolshakova

Virginia Bolshakova

Founder of Firefly Fields, Inc | Assistant Professor at Purdue University

location_on Lafayette, Indiana Area

Awards Earned:

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Level: LEVEL 02 (12mo pts: 237 pts)

Rating: 5.00/5 stars (29 ratings)

Lifetime points: 368 pts View details

Thought Leadership:

% performance based on average of all engagements

Selected: % of applied

67%

Recognized: Contributions valued by peers

15%

Peer Support: Percentile of active participants

34%

Profile

Summary

The UC Elkus Ranch Center Director, County Director (CD), and Advisor requires both administrative and programmatic leadership emphasizing cross-disciplinary research in agroecology and environmental education in San Mateo & San Francisco Counties and across the state. Directing Elkus Ranch involves developing programs, overseeing facilities, operations, budgeting, marketing, supervising staff, and essential fund development. CD for SM/SF Counties responsibilities include fiscal and programmatic oversight of all County extension programs jointly performed by 6 advisors and 30+ staff, as well as maintaining relations with County governing boards and staff. Advisor conducts applied research on natural and cropping systems, insect species (predator/prey), host plants (crops/weeds), and extends info to local communities (youth, public, growers, naturalists). Practical applications include reducing pesticide (insecticide and herbicide) use, conserving native species, and growing citizen scientific literacy in a world faced with accelerated global change.

The position conducts a research and education program on the ecological basis of biological control and ecosystem services across a diverse urban-to-rural landscape. The extension of this work includes providing expertise in entomology and scientific basis for ecosystem stewardship for citizen science project development. Areas of participatory research and education for youth and adults include biological control (pest management in rangelands & crops), pollination (commercial and native), biodiversity conservation, and content support for the UC CA Naturalist ANR Statewide Program. By developing and promoting scientific and agricultural literacy primarily through youth-based participatory research and environmental stewardship programs, this position has a pivotal role in initiating, contributing to, and developing management strategies to maintain and restore natural resources and ecosystem services.

Experience

Skills

Ecology
Science
Statistics
Curriculum Design
Research
SPSS
Data Analysis
AMOS
R
Entomology
Environmental Science
SAS
Beekeeping
Organic Farming
Science Education
Experimental Design
Biology
Field Work
Higher Education
Teaching
Scientific Writing
Grant Writing
Public Speaking
Environmental Education
Agriculture
Sustainable Development
Environmental Awareness
Life Sciences
Sustainability
Environmental Policy
Integrated Pest Management
Insect
Sustainable Agriculture
Agribusiness
Food & Beverage
Education

Industries

Agriculture
Agribusiness
Food & Beverage
Education

Activities

  • Since Oct 2020

    Participating in a KnowledgeStream™: "The Future of Direct-to-Consumer Marketing in the US"

    Direct to Consumer Marketing
  • Oct 2020 - Oct 2020

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "The Future of Direct-to-Consumer Marketing in the US"

    Direct to Consumer Marketing
  • Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

    Participated in a KnowledgeStream™: "Exploring Behavior Changes Toward Sustainable Nutrition"

    Sustainable Nutrition
    Plant-based nutrition
    Food & Beverage
    Holistic Health
    Food Technology
    Behavior Change
    Behavior Change Communication
  • 02 Dec 2017

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "Entomophagy: worth promoting or not?"

  • 16 Nov 2017

    Answered a question on OpenForum: "Sustainable Food Practices "

  • 15 Nov 2017

    Asked a question on OpenForum: "Human and planetary implications for a plant-based diet"