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Dr. Christopher J. Currey

Iowa State University

Christopher Currey is an Assistant Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University. He teaches courses on greenhouse management, fall and spring floriculture production, and hydroponic food crop production. His research program focuses on improving environmental and cultural management to enhance crop growth and productivity. Christopher received his B.S. in Environmental Horticulture and M.S. in Applied Plant Science from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in Horticulture from Purdue University.

Dr. Ricardo Hernandez

North Carolina State University

Ricardo Hernández earned an Undergraduate degree in Agronomy from New Mexico State University; Masters of Science in Entomology (greenhouse biocontrol) from Texas A&M University; and Doctorate degree in Plant Physiology and Ag & Biosystems Engineering from the University of Arizona. Ricardo is now an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Horticultural Sciences. Ricardo’s program focuses on Horticulture Sustainable Energy. His areas of research are 1) Light-plant interactions: Light environment manipulation to improve plant production; 2) Life-Cycle-Assessment (LCA) of horticultural production systems to increase energy conservation strategies; and 3) Sustainable and organic horticultural production of specialty crops under controlled environment. Ricardo is also a co-founder of Grafted Growers LLC, a start-up focused on the closed-type production of grafted seedlings (graftedgrowers.com).

Dr. Roberto Lopez

Michigan State University

Dr. Roberto Lopez is an assistant professor and controlled environment/floriculture extension specialist with a 45% research, 30% teaching, and 25% extension appointment in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. His research focuses on propagation and production of young and finished plants (floriculture, leafy green, and culinary herb crops) in greenhouses, growth rooms/containers, warehouse-based plant factories, and vertical farms. The primary objective of his research is to determine how light (quantity, quality, and duration), substrate and air temperature, and carbon dioxide in controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) production influences crop timing, rooting, yield, quality, flavor, nutrition, and subsequent performance.