Department: International

Maria Balota

Maria BalotaAssociate professor and Extension specialist
Tidewater Agricultural and Research Extension Center
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Expert in crop production and environmental factors affecting yield and quality


  • Crop stress tolerance, mechanisms for drought and heat tolerance
  • Ground and aerial imagery for crop assessment
  • Field crops yield, quality and variety evaluation, including peanut and sorghum
  • Agriculture and environmental sustainability

Vivica Kraak

Vivica KraakAssistant professor
Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Fralin Life Science Institute 

Expert in nutrition education, behavior and population health; impact of food labeling and marketing practices on consumers; and community institutions, public health and public policies.


  • Food and nutrition policy
  • Obesity prevention
  • Food marketing
  • Diet-related chronic diseases
  • Food labeling

Bingyu Zhao

Bingyu ZhaoAssociate professor
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Fralin Life Science Institute

 Expert in biotechnology and genomics of biofuels


  • Biomass production
  • Feedstocks
  • Biotechnology
  • Genomics
  • Genetics
  • Biofuels
  • Alternative energy