Department: International

Maria Balota

Maria BalotaAssociate professor and Extension specialist
Tidewater Agricultural and Research Extension Center
Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science

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

John Galbraith

John GalbraithAssociate professor, Extension specialist
Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences

Expert in appraisal of soil resources, properties, and behavior for land and plant management considerations; soil, plant, water, biology relationships; erosion and pollution prevention


  • Soil information and training (soil properties and hydrology)
  • Soil genesis and classification
  • Soil description and evaluation of soil hydrology & water tables
  • Wetlands soils
  • Soil survey and mapping
  • Carbon sequestration