Meet The Team

Elias H. Bloom,

Elias H. Bloom

Elias H. Bloom is a Ph.D. student of Entomology at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. He grew up in Nebraska where his family owns and operates a small-scale organic farm. Bloom taught Introduction to Horticulture, Plant Propagation, and Insect Identification at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received his Bachelors of Science in Horticulture and Entomology. His current research at Washington State University seeks to evaluate the bee species of small, diverse, farms of western Washington, and develop techniques for augmenting habitat. Bloom works extensively with local and regional non-for-profits, urban gardening associations, and small holder farmers. His areas of expertise include organic farming and plant propagation, but his research primarily focuses on bee community ecology and community engagement.

Doug Collins,

Doug Collins

Doug Collins is an Extension Faculty with WSU’s Small Farms Program and an affiliate faculty with the WSU Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. His extension programs and research focus on soil quality and vegetable and fruit production for small farms.  Doug has a Ph.D. in soil science from Washington State University, an M.S. in Plant Pathology from Montana State University, and a B.A. in biology from Colorado College. He previously worked for Ribeiro Plant Lab, Inc., Seattle Tilth Association and the Washington Toxics Coalition and served on the board of directors of Tilth Producers of Washington.

Doug is an active instructor in Ecological Soil Management for beginning and advanced producers. He conducts workshops at area conferences and for Cultivating Success™ classes. Doug’s research program is focused on organic vegetable cropping systems and managing and monitoring soil fertility.

Dave Crowder,

Dave Crowder

Dave Crowder is an Assistant Professor of Entomology at Washington State University where he runs the Crowder Laboratory. Dave received his BS and MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, with a minor in General Engineering. He received his PhD in Entomology from the University of Arizona. Dave’s lab uses theory, experiments, and observational studies to address questions aimed at understanding the factors that shape insect communities and plant-insect interactions. The research is mostly conducted in agricultural ecosystems and addresses both basic and applied issues; this allows the researchers to ask fundamental questions while also developing solutions to real-world problems. The research integrates theoretical work (simulation, analytical, and statistical models) with empirical studies (observational work, manipulative experiments). The research is broad, currently focusing on areas including sustainable agriculture, landscape ecology, and pollinator ecology.

Rachel Olsson,

Rachel Olsson

Rachel Olsson is an Entomology Ph.D. student studying bumblebees and their behavioral interactions with honeybees and other floral visitors. Originally from Olympia, WA, Rachel graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2014 with dual BA/BS degrees focused on community food system development and plant protection sciences.  Rachel enjoys educating anyone who will listen about pollinators, and reminding everyone around her that “bugs aren’t scary, they are awesome!” She is passionate about social media engagement as a tool for science education. Her favorite pollinators are bumblebees, specifically Bombus melanopygus.

Bob Redmond,

Bob Redmond

Executive Director for NWPI partner The Common Acre, Bob Redmond is a graduate of Georgetown University and a Rhodes Scholar finalist for Washington State. Redmond originally worked intensively with the chronic homeless and mentally ill before a career in arts and culture, including positions as editor of Real Change newspaper, Senior Program Director for Bumbershoot and Program Director of Town Hall Seattle. Bob found his way to ecological work while living in a P-Patch in Belltown as Writer-in-Residence for Richard Hugo House in 2004-2005. For the Common Acre, Bob recently organized Seattle’s designation as a Bee City USA and authored a paper for Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on pollinator restoration for 100,000 acres of roadsides in the state. Bob runs the local honey endeavor Urban Bee Company, and is Board President for Seattle City of Literature. He lives in Burien with his wife and son.

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