Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson

Term: 2021 - 2025

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Dr. Ashley Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University and the Extension Tree Fruit Horticulturalist for Wasco and Hood River Counties. Her experiences growing up in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania informed Dr. Thompson’s desire to improve and protect the environment. Currently, Dr. Thompson’s research program focuses on improving the sustainability of orchards throughout the gorge by reducing pesticide and fertilizer use while maintaining or enhancing crop yield and quality. Her research has been published in leading journals, including HortScience, Soil Science Society of America Journal, and Agronomy Journal, and in Oregon State University extension publications.

Due to her close relationships with producers, Dr. Thompson was asked to lead the Emergency Support Functions 11 and 17 for Wasco County to help keep migrant seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. She assisted Northcentral Public Health officials in developing practical guidance and screening tools for farmers and MSFW that take into consideration agricultural regulations. She continues to serve on the Wasco County Emergency Board.

Dr. Thompson resides in The Dalles, OR. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and caring for her many plants. She holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine, and B.S. in Biology from Susquehanna University.