Educator to spread message
about urban integrated pest management
More than half of all pesticide use in California is in urban environments,
necessitating the need to educate the public about pesticide use.
That’s why the UC IPM Program has hired a new urban IPM educator, Karey
Windbiel-Rojas has a bachelor’s degree in biology from CalPoly
in San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in integrated pest
management from UC Davis.
In this new position, she will coordinate urban outreach activities
with UC Cooperative Extension master gardener programs, public agencies,
nongovernment organizations, and others involved in urban pest management
throughout California. A big part of the job is to organize and implement
train-the-trainer programs, work with experts to develop outreach
and educational materials, and find innovative ways to inform people
about integrated pest management.