Center for PFAS Research Faculty Spotlight: John Wise
Dr. Wise brings extensive experience in working with specialty crop growers in Michigan to the Center for PFAS Research, and understands the challenges they face in producing high quality crops while meeting stringent government and market standards.
Dr. John C. Wise is a professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Entomology, and Research and Extension Coordinator of the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center in Fennville, MI. Dr. Wise is also the North Central Regional Director of the IR-4 project, which serves as the primary avenue that new reduced-risk pesticides are registered with the EPA for specialty crops in the USA. He runs the Applied Insecticide Toxicology lab on the MSU campus, conducting research on the performance mechanisms and plant penetration attributes of pesticides, pesticide environmental fate and arthropod resistance. Dr. Wise also investigates alternative delivery systems for crop protection materials, and the associated risks of off-target drift on farm workers and agroecosystems.
While PFAS compounds are not considered as pesticides, there are many parallels in how research and residue analytical studies should be conducted, and how to manage associated risks to consumers, farm workers and the environment. Dr. Wise also brings extensive experience in working with specialty crop growers in Michigan, and understands the challenges they face in producing high quality crops while meeting stringent government and market standards.
Dr. Wise’s connection to the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center is more than just part of his career. The Fennville, MI fruit production area and location of the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center is where John's grandparents farmed and raised his mother LaVerne Wise (formally Schumacher).