Washington State’s Michelle Moyer Selected to Lead the American Society for Enology and Viticulture

Michelle Moyer, a professor and viticulture extension specialist at Washington State University, has been elected to lead the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. A member of the society since 2009, Dr. Moyer has served as a board member since 2018 and also serves as the newly created ASEV Foundation president.

Formed in 1950 as a professional society dedicated to the interests of enologists, viticulturists, and others in the fields of wine and grape research and production, ASEV’s membership of approximately 1,600 includes professionals from wineries, vineyards, and academic institutions and organizations from around the world. It publishes the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture. The society has chapters in the Eastern United States, the Pacific Northwest, and Japan.

“My career in supporting the grape and wine industries through extension and research has been wonderful, and I’m grateful for this fantastic opportunity to continue this service by working with the ASEV board as president, to further our mission,” said Dr. Moyer. “ASEV has an important role in sharing cutting-edge research, exploring emerging issues, and bolstering our industry. It’s an honor to continue this work alongside my fellow board members.”

Dr. Moyer’s program at Washington State University combines extension work with applied research to address knowledge gaps and needs across the grape industry. She focuses on two key strategies: developing reliable resources for all knowledge levels and actively engaging with the industry to stay responsive and proactive. Her research connects pest biology and plant physiology with practical applications in commercial grape production systems.

Professor Moyer has been at Washington State University since 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in genetics and plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a Ph.D. in plant pathology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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