Mission and Goals

This website provides up-to-date information on research and extension efforts in the Northeastern U.S. to manage the spotted-wing drosophila (SWD). We are a working group composed of researchers, extension specialists, fruit growers, and other stakeholders. We are sponsored by the Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center. Due to the rapid publication of work investigating the biology, host range, chemical ecology, and management of SWD, it can be difficult to stay informed. Here, our goal is to manage a repository for the latest extension and research publications concerning SWD. This site also includes information for outreach and educational events concerning SWD and its management.


Current Members


John Abraham
Rutgers University

Richard Cowles
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Kathy Demchak
Pennsylvania State University

Heather Faubert
University of Rhode Island

Glen Koehler
University of Maine

Liette Lambert
Quebec Ministry of Agriculture

Greg Loeb
Cornell University

Anne Nielsen
Rutgers University

Dean Polk
Rutgers University

Valerie Fournier
Universite Laval, Quebec

Starker Wright

Matt Holden
Cornell University

George Hamilton
University of New Hampshire

David Handley
University of Maine

Ann Hazelrigg
University of Vermont


Cathy Heidenreich
Cornell University

Peter Jentsch
Cornell University

Neeledra Joshi
Pennsylvania State University

Cesar Rodriguez-Saona
Rutgers University

Sonia Schloeman
University of Massachusetts


Paul Baker
NYSBGA, Executive Director

Debbie Breth
Cornell Cooperative Extension

Juliet Carrol
NYS IPM, Cornell University

Dennis Dolye
Atlantic Blueberry, NJ Blueberry Advisory Council

Emily Klamberg-Cook
Cornell Cooperative Extension

Carrie Koplinka-Loehr

Laura McDermott
Cornell Cooperative Extension

Pam Fisher
OMAFRA, Ontario

Faruque Zaman
Cornell Cooperative Extension

Tim Weigle



Fruit Growers and Industry Stakeholders

Mike Biltonen

Red Jacket Orchards, NY

Jim Bittner
Singer Farms, NY

Steve Dygert
Fantasy Fruit Farm, NY

Jim Eve
Eve Farm Services, NY

Chuck Mead
Mead Orchards, NY

Debra Moreau
Atlantic Canada

Nate Nourse
Nourse Farms, MA: NARBA President

Brian Reeves
Reeves Farms, NY

Harvey Fletcher
Fantasy Fruit Farm, NY

Bobby Galletta
Atlantic Blueberry

Tomas Johnson
Silferleaf Farm, MA

Bruce Smith
High Hopes Farm, NH

Rick Reisinger
Reisinger’s Apple Country, NY

Maude Richard
Agro Pomme, Quebec

Dale Ila Riggs
The Berry Patch, NYSBGA President

Kevin Schooley
NASGA, Ontario Berry Growers Association

David Stern
Rose Valley Farm, NY