Forest management, wildland fire protection, trade in forest products, regional economics, and international development
Dean Gilless holds appointments in his College’s Departments of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and Agricultural and Resource Economics. He is a forest economist by training, and his research program has been focused on forest management, wildland fire protection, trade in forest products, regional economics, and international development.
Dean, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of
California, Riverside; Associate Director, Agricultural Experiment
Station, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, State of
Dr. Baldwin was appointed dean of CNAS in July 2008. He came to UCR
from the University of Arizona, where he had been head of the Department
of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and was the founding director
of the Institute for Biomedical Science and Biotechnology. He had held
previous faculty appointments at Texas A&M University and the
University of Illinois and a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard. He
received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and doctorate in zoology
from the University of Texas, Austin.
A biochemist, Dr. Baldwin is best known for his research on “protein
folding,” the biochemical process, vitally important to all of life’s
processes, by which a protein assumes its three-dimensional structure.
Protein misfolding leads to a number of disease states, including prion
diseases such as “mad cow” disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s
disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
The recipient of numerous awards for scholarship and research,
including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Fogarty Senior International
Fellowship, Baldwin was recognized as a Faculty Fellow for excellence in
science and academic leadership by Texas A&M and the Texas
Agriculture Experiment Station.
A native of Mississippi, Baldwin is married to Miriam Ziegler, who is also a biochemist. They have two grown daughters.
Research Specialization – The long-term mission oriented objective of research conducted in my laboratory is to improve integrated pest management of insects affecting woody ornamental plants. The primary research focus is to develop a better understanding of the biology and ecology of the herbivorous insects through studies of their interactions with host plants, competitors, and natural enemies, and determine the influence of environmental stress on those interactions. Recommendations to modify management practices emerge from this research, resulting in more judicious insecticide use and increased reliance on biological and cultural control, while maintaining the aesthetic value of the plants.
BarbaraAllen-Diaz Associate Vice-President - Academic Programs & Strategic Initiatives; Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station & Cooperative Extension
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