|Dr. Catherine Simpson is an Assistant Professor at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco, Texas.
"Dr. Simpson runs the Citrus Physiology and Sustainability Lab and conducts whole-systems research on citrus. Her current research is focusing on improving plant health through nutrition and management strategies, improving citrus water use efficiency and irrigation, and studying tree responses to stress. Quantifying physiological responses to disease, environment, and other factors is extremely important in citrus.
Tree canopy thinning, leaf area reduction, and overall canopy volume are often affected by diseases, nutrition, and water stress giving a good indication of tree health and potential decline.
Being able to quantify these factors and evaluate if treatments improve recovery and increase tree canopy is important to the research being conducted."