Richard Smiley CV

updated on November 29, 2016

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PREVIOUS RANK AND TITLE:  Professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University [stationed in Pendleton at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, located 300 miles (460 km) from the OSU campus]

CURRENT OFFICE:  Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, 48037 Tubbs Ranch Road, Adams, OR 97810; telephone: 541-278-4397541-278-4397 ;   fax: 541-278-4188;  e-mail:


California State Polytechnic Univ., San Luis Obispo; 1965, B.S. (Soil Science)  

Washington State Univ., Pullman; 1969, M.S. (Soils major; Plant Pathology minor)

 Washington State Univ., Pullman; 1972, Ph.D. (Plant Pathology major; Soils minor)


Assistant Research Soil Scientist USDA-ARS, Pullman, WA 1966-1969
Research Assistant in Plant Pathology Washington State University 1969-1972
NATO Post Doctoral Fellow CSIRO, Adelaide, Australia 1972
Research Officer in Soil Microbiology CSIRO, Adelaide, Australia 1973
Research Associate in Plant Pathology Cornell Univ., Farmingdale, NY 1973-1974
Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1975-1980
Associate Professor of Plant Pathology Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1980-1985
Visiting Senior Scientist (Australia) Victoria Dept. of Agric., Melbourne 1982-1983
Professor of Plant Pathology and Branch Station Director  Oregon State University, Pendleton 1985-2000
Professor of Plant Pathology Oregon State University, Pendleton 2000-2016


Conduct research on the etiology and control of field crop diseases, with emphasis on integrated management strategies for wheat and barley diseases caused by soilborne plant-pathogenic fungi and plant-parasitic nematodes. 


Memberships and Major Contributions

  • American Phytopathological Society (since 1969)
    • APS Press (1984-1991): senior editor (1984-1987), editor-in-chief (1987-1991)
    • APS Council (1987-1991, 1994-1997)
    • APS Financial Advisory Board (1987-1991, 1995-1997)
    • APS representative to International Society of Plant Pathology (1982-1993)
    • APS representative to Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (1996-1998)
    • APS representative to CAST Leadership Workshop for Professional Societies (1995)
    • APS representative to CROPS '99 (Crops and Plant Systems Research National Priorities for the 21st  Century) (1997)
    •  APS Pacific Division: Councilor (1994-1997)
    •  Invited Editor & Author for Compendium of Turf Grass Diseases, 1st ed. (1983); 2nd ed. (1992), 3rd ed (2005)
    •  Invited Editor & Author for Compendium of Wheat Diseases, 3rd ed. (2010)
    •  Invited Author for chapters in Compendium of Barley Diseases, 2nd ed. (1997)
  • International Society for Plant Pathology (since 1982): Board of Directors (1982-1993)
  • Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (1984-2000): Board of Directors (1995-1998); Crop Protection Work Group Chair (1997-1998); National Concerns Committee; Nominating Committee (1996-1997)
  • American Society of Agronomy (since 1966)
  • Western Soil Fungus Conferences (since 1969): Steering Committee (1986-1989, 2000- present); Program Coordinator (2001); Local Arrangements (2005)
  • Soil Science Society of America (1976-1985)
  • Crop Science Society of America (since 1975)
  • Australasian Plant Pathology Society (1986-1989, 1997-present)
  • Australasian Society of Nematologists (2004-present)
  • International Turfgrass Society (1980-1990)
  • Society of Nematologists (2003-present)


  • Briskey Award for Faculty Excellence, OSU-CAS (1995)
  • Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (1994)
  • NATO Post Doctoral Fellow (1972)
  • Visiting Scientist, Victoria Department of Agriculture, Australia (1982-1983)


  • External Advisory Board for ENDURE, a center of excellence program featuring a collaboration of 16 national and international agencies and institutes in 10 member states of the European Union. The acronym represents the program title: “European Network for the Durable Exploitation of Crop Protection Strategies.” 2007-present.
  • Tenure and/or promotion reviews for scientists at U.S. and Australian universities.
  • External Referee for Ph.D. theses at overseas universities.
  • CSREES Departmental Review Panels: Texas A&M Univ. (1995), Univ. of Florida (1997), Univ. of Idaho (2003).
  • Reviews for technical manuscripts in Agronomy Journal, Australian Journal of     Agricultural Research, Canadian Journal of Botany, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, Crop Protection, HortScience, Journal of Production Agriculture, Pakistan Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, Phytopathology, Plant Disease, and Plant Pathology.

TRIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION: Australia (1973, 1982, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2008); Canada (1981, 1996); France (1985, 2002); Germany (1985); Japan (1989); Kazakhstan (2005); Lebanon (2002); Mexico (2005); New Zealand (1982); Scotland (1978); Russia (2005); South Africa (2000); Spain (1985); Switzerland (1985); Syria (2002); Turkey (2002, 2009); United Kingdom (1978).


RESEARCH GRANTS (1986-2016): Approximately $2.6 million from Idaho Wheat Commission, Oregon Wheat Commision, Washington Wheat Commission, Oregon Agricultural Research Foundation, USDA competitive grants, USDA-ARS Cooperative Agreements, Rockefeller Foundation, and commercial suppliers.


American Phytopathological Society When possible
APS - Pacific Division When possible
American Society of Agronomy When possible
Australasian Plant Pathology Society Australia, 1997
Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposia Australia & New Zealand, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006
Cape Cereal Devel. Assoc. Symposium South Africa, 2000
International Cereal Nematode Initiative
Turkey, 2009
International Society for Plant Pathology Australia, 1983; Japan, 1988
International Turfgrass Conference Missouri, 1983; California, 1985
International Turfgrass Research Society Canada, 1981; France, 1985; Japan, 1989
Turfgrass Producer's International Florida 1983; California 1985; Washington 1987
Western Soilborne Diseases Conference When possible


  • Major Advisor: 2 MS and 1 PhD 
  • Committee Member:  approximately 35 at Cornell, OSU and WSU



   Manuscripts (105) and abstracts (110) in refereed journals:
   Other refereed technical (205) and extension (17) publications:
   Books (12) and chapters (38) in books
   Extension publications (non-refereed)
        Total publications



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