Curriculum Vitae

Director of Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Professor of Pomology

Education

Ph.D.  University of Massachusetts, Plant & Soil Sciences, 1985.
M.S.  University of Massachusetts, Plant & Soil Sciences, 1982.
B.S.  Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Horticulture, (summa cum laude), 1979.
University of Maine, Orono, September, 1975 to May, 1977.
Lake Region High School, Naples, Maine, (valedictorian), 1975.

Experience

Director, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, 2012 to present.
Full/Associate/Assistant Professor of Pomology, 1985 to present.
Extension Tree Fruit Specialist, University of Massachusetts, 1985 to present.
Coordinator of the Sustainable Food & Farming A.S. Program, 1989 to present.

Refereed Journal Articles (92 before 2012)

Marini, P., W. Autio, B. Black, J. Cline, W. Cowgill, R. Crassweller, P. Domoto, C. Hampson, R. Moran, R. Parra-Quezada, T. Robinson, M. Stasiak, D. Ward, and D. Wolfe. 2012. Summary of the NC-140 Apple Physiology Trial: The relationship between ‘Golden Delicious’ fruit weight and crop density at 12 locations as influenced by three dwarfing rootstocks. Journal of the American Pomological Society 66:78-90.

Ghantous, K., H. Sandler, W. Autio, and P. Jeranyama. 2012. Handheld flame cultivators as a management option for woody weeds. Weed Technology 26:371-375.

Ghantous, K., H. Sandler, W. Autio, P. Jeranyama. 2012. Damage and recovery of cranberry vines from exposure to handheld flame cultivators. HortScience 48: 870-874.

Hoover, E., R. Marini, E. Tepe, W. Autio, A. Biggs, J. Clements, R. Crassweller, D. Foster, M. Foster, P. Hirst, D. Miller, M. Parker, G. Peck, J. Racsko, T. Robinson, M. Warmund. 2012. eApples: A case study using eXtension to increase access to research-based information. HortTechnology 22: 576-579.

Marini, R., W. Autio, B. Black, J. Cline, W. Cowgill, R. Crassweller, P. Domoto, C. Hampson, R. Moran, R. Quezada, T. Robinson, M. Stasiak, D. Wolfe. 2012. The influence of crop density on annual trunk growth of Golden Delicious apple trees on three rootstocks at 11 locations. Journal of the American Pomological Society 66: 183-195.

Smiley, E., B. Kane, W. Autio, L. Holmes. 2012. Sapwood cuts and their impact on tree stability. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 38:287-292.

Autio, W., Robinson T, D. Archibold, W. Cowgill, C. Hampson, R. Parra-Quezada, D. Wolfe. 2013. Gala apple trees on Supporter 4, P.14, and different strains of B.9, M.9, and M.26 rootstocks: Final 10-year report on the 2002 NC-140 Apple Rootstock Trial. Journal of the American Pomological Society 67:62-71.

Marini, R., W. Autio, B. Black, J. Cline, W. Cowgill, R. Crassweller, P. Domoto, C. Hampson, R. Moran, R. Quezada, T. Robinson, D. Ward, D. Wolfe. 2013. Return bloom on Golden Delicious apple trees as affected by previous seasons crop density on three rootstocks at 11 locations. Journal of the American Pomological Society 67:73-79.

Non-refereed Publications (244 before 2012)

Autio, W. 2012. NC-140 Trial Coordination. Compact Fruit Tree 44(2):9-10.

Clements, J., W. Autio, J. Krupa, W. Cowgill, R. Magron, and S. Sollner-Figler. 2012. 2002 Massachusetts/New Jersey ‘Cameo’ Dwarf Rootstock Trial. Fruit Notes 77(1):4-6. Horticultural News 92(1):4-6.

Autio, W., J. Clements, and J. Krupa. 2012. Results from the first year of fruiting in the 2009 NC-140 Peach Rootstock Trial in Massachusetts. Fruit Notes 77(1):9-10. Horticultural News 92(1):9-10.

Cowgill, W., S. Sollner-Figler, R. Magron, J. Clements, and W. Autio. 2012. Asian pear cultivar trial in New Jersey and Massachusetts. Fruit Notes 77(1):12-13. Horticultural News 92(1):12-13.

Autio, W., J. Krupa, J. Clements, W. Cowgill, and R. Magron. 2012. Final report of the 2002 NC-140 Apple Rootstock Trial in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Fruit Notes 77(2): 7-10. Horticultural News 92(2):7-10.

Cowgill, W. D. Ward, R. Magron, S. Sollner-Figler, W. Autio, and J. Krupa. 2012. Effects of Sysstem-CAL on Jersey peaches in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Fruit Notes 77(2):13-14. Horticultural News 92(2):13-14.

Cowgill, W. and W. Autio. 2012. Enhancing return bloom on apple with plant growth regulators. Plant & Pest Advisory 17(9):4.

Cowgill, W., D. Polk, R. Magron, A. Antanssov, W. Autio. 2012. Surround for control of brown marmorated stink bug on apple in New Jersey. Fruit Notes 77(4):12-14. Horticultural News 92(4):12-14.

Autio, W., J. Krupa, J. Clements. 2013. Pesticide reduction with containment spraying of high-density, dwarf apple orchards. Fruit Notes 78(1):10-13. Horticultural News 93(1):10-13.

Autio, W., J. Krupa, J. Clements, W. Cowgill, R. Magron, S. Sollner-Figler. 2013. Third-leaf results from the 2010 NC-140 Apple Rootstock Trial in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Fruit Notes 78(3):7-8. Horticultural News 93(3):7-8.

Autio, W., J. Krupa, W. Cowgill, D. Ward, R. Magron, S. Sollner-Figler. 2013. Thinning peaches with gibberellic acid. Fruit Notes 77(4):1-4. Horticultural News 93(4):1-4

Autio, W., T. Robinson, D. Archibold, W. Cowgill, C. Hampson, R. Parra-Quezada, D. Wolfe. 2013. 2002 NC-140 Apple Rootstock Trial: Gala apple trees on Supporter 4, P.14, and different strains of B.9, M.9, M.26 rootstocks, final progress report. Compact Fruit Tree 46(1):23-28.

Cowgill, W., A. Wyenandt, K. Holmstrom, S. Sollner-Figler, R. Magron, N. Muehlbauer, and W. Autio. 2014. Powdery mildew control and resistance management in fresh-market pumpkins in New Jersey. Fruit Notes 79(1):12-17. Horticultural News 94(1):12-17.

Autio, W., J. Krupa, W. Cowgill, R. Magron, and S. Sollner-Figler. 2014. An update on thinning peaches with gibberellic acid. Fruit Notes 79(2):1-2. Horticultural News 94(2):1-2.

Extension Publications (94 before 2012)

Autio, W. and W. Cowgill. 2012. Late-season ‘Rescue’ Thinning with Ethephon. University of Massachusetts Extension Factsheet.

Autio, W. 2012. Photos of Apple Varieties in the Renaissance Center’s Renaissance Apple Orchard. University of Massachusetts Extension Factsheet.

Abstracts (67 before 2012)

Cowgill, W., W. Autio, D. Ward, R. Magron, S. Solner-Figler, and J. Krupa. 2012. Effects of Gibberellic Acid on PF-14 ‘Jersey’ peaches in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Plant Growth Regulator Conference (Presented as a talk, February 2012, Wilkes Barre, PA).

Carleo, J., D. Ward, C.A. Wyenandt, G. Ghidiu, N. Polanin, and W. Autio. 2012. Results of application of Coragen (rynaxypyr) on reduction of sunflower moth larvae damage. HortScience 47(9):S2.

Cowgill, W., W. Autio, D. Ward, R. Magron, S. Solner-Figler, and J. Krupa. 2012. Effects of Gibberellic Acid on PF-14 ‘Jersey’ peaches in Massachusetts and New Jersey. HortScience 47(9):S4.

Clements, J., W. Cowgill, and W. Autio. 2012. Performance of Cameo apple trees on three dwarf rootstocks in Massachusetts and New Jersey as part of the NC-140 Regional Rootstock Research Project. HortScience 47(9):S5.

Cotter, J., J. Talbert, J. Goddard, W. Autio, and L. McLandsborough. 2012. Influence of soil particles on the survival of Salmonella on plastic tomato harvest containers. International Association of Food Protection. (Presented as a talk, July 2012, Providence, RI).

Cowgill, W., T. Robinson, M. Sazo, W. Autio. 2013. 2012 Chemical branching studies of Macoun and Golden Delicous in a Delaware nursery. 2013 Northeast Plant Grower Regulator Conference, (presented as a talk, March, 2013, Wilkes Barre, PA).

Reighard, G., W. Bridges, D. Archbold, A. Atucha, W. Autio, T. Beckman, B. Black, E. Coneva, K. Day, M. Kushad, R. Pokharel, R. Johnson, T. Lindstrom, M. Parker, T. Robinson, J. Schupp, M. Warmund, D. Wolfe. 2013. NC-140 peach rootstock testing in 13 U.S. states. ISHS Peach Symposium.

Muehlbaur, N., W. Cowgill, A. Wyenandt, K. Holmstrom, S. Sollner-Figler, R. Magron, and W. Autio. 2014. 2013 New Jersey fungicide efficacy trial for powdery mildew of Curcurbita pepo ‘Solid Gold.’ Presented at the Northeast Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science Meetings, January 2014.

Current Courses

  • Pruning Fruit Crops (STOCKSCH 235, 2 credits, spring semester)
  • Intermediate Biometry (STOCKSCH 661, 4 credits, fall semester)
  • Data Analysis & Interpretation (STOCKSCH 697A, 2 credits, fall and spring semesters)

Editorial Experience

Fruit Notes, Senior editor, 1986 to present.
Horticultural News, Co-editor, 2010 to present.
Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, Associate Editor, 1994 to present.
Journal of Tree Fruit Production, Senior editor, January, 1992 to 2004.
HortScience, Associate Editor, 1995-2001.