Associate Professor, University of Washington
Linda Chalker-Scott, PhD: WSU Associate Professor (Horticulture) and Extension Specialist (Urban Horticulture). Linda received her PhD in Horticulture (with minors in Biochemistry and Botany) from Oregon State University in 1988, focusing on environmental stress physiology of woody plants. In addition to her academic credentials, she is also an ISA certified arborist and an ASCA consulting arborist.
Linda has been developing and promoting science-based practices for the management of urban landscapes and home gardens since 1997. She publishes widely on this topic, from popular books and magazine articles to peer-reviewed Extension publications and scientific journal articles. In particular, she has focused on using arborist wood chip mulches as an effective way to suppress weeds, enhance plant growth, and improve soil health.
As an Extension Specialist, Linda no longer teaches university courses but instead has an educational outreach program that includes homeowners, Master Gardeners, landscape professionals, restoration ecologists, and landscape architects. She is also one of the founding Garden Professors, a group of university faculty who provide science-based information for gardeners through their blog and Facebook pages.