2012 Employee of the Year
Dr. Marianne Elliott, a research associate in Dr. Gary Chastagner’s program, was the recipient of the 2012 Employee of the Year award at the Washington State University (WSU) Puyallup Research and Extension Center. Elliott has had responsibility to coordinate the development of statewide sudden oak death (SOD) educational programs and conduct research relating to SOD since joining WSU in June, 2008 after receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington. One of the reasons the WSU SOD program is recognized nationally and internationally is because of Marianne’s leadership and productivity. SOD is caused by the exotic, regulated pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. She had done an excellent job in expanding the outreach efforts and increasing the involvement of numerous volunteers in this program. She is highly respected by industry leaders, regulatory personnel, and other scientists working on this disease. She has upgraded the website and incorporated various social media to disseminate information. Marianne has co-authored 8 peer-reviewed publications, 15 technical papers, 6 outreach brochures and/or bilingual identification and management posters for the nursery and landscape industry since joining WSU. Marianne has made more than 20 presentations at regional, national, and international scientific meetings. She assisted in the organization of a national workshop on the spread of P. ramorum in water. She has been a CO-PI on grant proposals that brought in just under $900,000. Marianne organized programs that have provided opportunities for over 70 local high school, community college and university undergraduate students to be involved in projects relating to SOD.