Small Fruit Breeder, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Chad grew up in Maryland where he first realized when he was about 10 years old and running the family garden that a fun career could be made in developing those new cultivars he saw in the seed catalogues each winter. He earned his BS at Purdue University in Horticultural Science and his MS and PhD in Plant Breeding/Horticulture at the University of Minnesota. He has been running the USDA-ARS program in Corvallis, Oregon, which was begun in 1911, in collaboration with Oregon State University for 25 years.
His program has developed or co-developed 49 berry cultivars including 21 blackberries, 6 blueberries, 12 strawberries and 10 red raspberries. In addition to cultivar development, his program collects, evaluates and incorporates new wild germplasm into advanced breeding material and works to develop useful applications of genomics in a traditional breeding program.