Thomas Chastain
Department Head
Department of Crop and Soil Science
Length of service: 
30 years

The purpose of my work as professor has been to provide leadership in research, teaching and outreach on the physiology, ecology, and management of seed crops.  These efforts have focused on the development of science-based management practices for seed crops and on increasing our understanding of the underlying biological processes limiting greater economic and environmental efficiency of seed production.  These practices have been widely adopted and are now the standard in Oregon and elsewhere around the world.  In recent years, I have had the great pleasure to serve in several administrative roles in the department.