Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist
R. Karina Gallardo is an Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist in the School of Economic Sciences and at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center of Washington State University in Wenatchee. She holds a BS in Food Science from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Lima, Peru), a Master in Science in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University.
Gallardo's primary research and outreach program goal is to enhance value-added agribusiness opportunities for specialty crops in the state of Washington. As such, her areas of research are focused on consumer demand analysis and economics of technological change.
More specifically, Gallardo is conducting research assessing consumers' preferences for fresh fruit quality, and understanding the profitability and various other factors affecting growers' adoption of new technologies, such as new cultivars, improved pest management systems, and labor enhancing mechanisms.
Tree Fruit Economics
Seminars and Presentations
- Establishment of benchmarks for tree fruit production costs
- Improvement of Spanish-speaking stakeholders' management skills
- Improvement of the understanding of stakeholders’ preferences and values for fruit quality
- "Enhancing Biological Control to Stabilize Western Orchard IPM Systems," Specialty Crop Research Initiative – USDA (with V. Jones et al., $2.2 million total; $83,660 Gallardo portion; http://enhancedbc.tfrec.wsu.edu)
- "Economic Analysis of Technology Adoption by Washington Apple Growers," Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (with M. Taylor, $47,443)
- "Agronomic, Biochemical, Social, and Economic Impacts of Biotic and Abiotic Stress on Pacific Northwest Flavor Crops," Specialty Crop Research Initiative – USDA (with D. Walsh et al., $3 million; $62,169 Gallardo portion)
- "RosBREED: Enabling marker-assisted breeding in Rosaceae," Specialty Crop Research Initiative – USDA (with A. Iezzoni et al., $7.2 million; $98,547 Gallardo portion; http://www.rosbreed.org)
- "Competitiveness of Agricultural Products in Washington State," Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service - USDA (with T. Marsh and M. Taylor, $252,000; $28,265 Gallardo portion)
- "Increasing High Value Specialty and Sustainable Crop Sales through Farmers Markets: Assessing the Economic Potential of Electronic Benefits Transfer and Credit Card Capability," Washington State Department of Agriculture (with M. Ostrom and D. Collins, $143,674; $60,898 Gallardo portion)
- "Cost Estimation and Analysis of Tree Fruit," Washington Tree Fruit Commission (with M. Taylor and S. Galinato,$40,000)
Puyallup Research and Extension Center
Office phone: (253) 445-4584