Pest Management Advisor
University of California Cooperative Extension & Statewide IPM Program
Dr. Jhalendra Rijal is an entomologist working in applied research and extension with the University of California. His current responsibility includes conducting applied pest management research and educating pest control advisers, growers, and other stakeholders on sustainable pest management solutions in orchard systems in San Joaquin Valley. His major applied research areas include 1) addressing issues related to invasive pests such as spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug; 2) finding bio-based solutions for endemic pests such as walnut husk fly, navel orangeworm, and mites; 3) understanding the impacts of drought and climate change on important pests and their management. Dr. Rijal was recognized with several regional and national-level professional awards. Dr. Rijal authored more than 30 scientific peer-reviewed articles and more than 100 extension articles and contributed to several UC and industry-led newsletters, podcasts, and other media. Dr. Rijal has organized and spoken in more than 120 symposia, guest lectures, workshops, roundtables, and extension events and meetings.