University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Centennial Staff Profiles


 Name Lucia Varela
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Lucia Varela, North Coast Integrated Pest Management Advisor
 Title North Coast Integrated Pest Management Advisor
 Location UCCE Sonoma County
 Time with ANR 1992 is when I began my tenure with UC ANR, so it's been 22 years!
 Typical Day

As an entomologist, I am tasked to find the best practices for managing insect pests with a minimum impact on the environment. There is no typical day—my work is seasonal, in that it varies according to the month of the year. During spring, summer and fall I conduct research trials where we drive to various locations to monitor insects. When in the office, I’m following up on calls and administrative tasks.

 Most Memorable Moment

The challenges of every day are exhilarating. I enjoy working with my colleagues and I appreciate the support of the County and of UC IPM Directors. It feels good to serve our clientele.

 What I love Most About Working for ANR

The most fun aspect of my job is that I am always learning. The world of insects is so vast that I am constantly observing, studying, and thinking. I like to find solutions that are effective and that growers can put to practice.

 My Story

I discovered the world of insects when I became a beekeeper in my native country of Uruguay. I came to the United States to learn more about queen bee rearing, and realized that entomology is a huge discipline. I subsequently studied entomology at UC Berkeley, which exposed me to Cooperative Extension, and that exposure led to this job with UC ANR.

Here's to another 100 years of science and service!

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