Extension Program Specialist IPM
Mr. Vafaie joined the AgriLife team in 2013 as the extension program specialist in integrated pest management. With a background in entomology, biological control and experience in farming, Mr. Vafaie’s goal is to deliver training in practical, economic and sustainable means of pest management. Mr. Vafaie’s interests include banker plants, trap plants, natural predators, parasitoids and cultural practices to reduce insect pest pressures. In addition to grower education, Mr. Vafaie aspires to fill the gap in public knowledge about general farming practices, pesticide tolerance and insect damage tolerance.
- BScH, Biology, University of Western Ontario, 2009
- Msc (Pest Management), Simon Fraser University, 2011