Chris Beiser joined the Plant Health Care team in 2014. He is responsible for the diagnosis and management of pests and diseases for trees, shrubs, and perennials in the ornamental plant collection, using integrated pest management. Beiser also is helping the Plant Health Care department transition to a digital records system, develop an Emerald Ash Borer management plan, and work on the tree risk assessment inventory.
Before working at the Garden, Beiser was a plant health technician for a local tree care company, working on pest and disease management for residential customers. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Michigan State University and a technical certificate in applied plant science, commercial horticulture, from Michigan State University's Institute of Agricultural Technology. At Michigan State University, he held research positions in plant breeding and genetics, commercial agriculture research, and animal behavior research. He was also a teaching assistant for berry crop production.
Beiser has been fascinated with gardening since his youth, when he worked with his mother around the yard and took care of the family vegetable garden.