Joshua Vander Weide

Joshua Vander Weide

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Assistant Professor
Department of Horticulture


Joined Department


Education and Research Experience

  • 2020-2022 – Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of British Columbia, Wine Research Center
  • 2020 – Ph.D., Michigan State University, Department of Horticulture


  • 50% Research
  • 35% Extension
  • 15% Teaching


My lab investigates best practices for blueberry and strawberry production systems:

  • PGR use in berry crops
  • Improving blueberry flavor through horticulture techniques
  • Environmental physiology and abiotic stress tolerance of berry crops
  • Fruit rot mitigation and resistance
  • CEA strawberry production
  • Replanting issues in blueberry


My extension program encompasses commercial berry crop production and management, with an emphasis on research-based recommendations for blueberry and strawberry producers. Research findings from my lab are disseminated to industry stakeholders though presentations at industry conferences and extension meetings, as well as extension bulletins and trade magazine articles, and extension workshops. I work closely with other members of the MSU blueberry research and extension team to coordinate extension articles, workshops, programming, and meetings, and provide talks to local (backyard garden), state, and national conferences/meetings and associations.


  • HRT 336: Berry Crops Physiology and Production (3 credits)
  • HRT 812: Introduction to Horticulture Research (2 credits)

Recent Publications

All publications can be found via Google Scholar

Lab Personnel

Research Assistant

Jared Zaporski, M.S.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Stephanie Rett-Cadman (2024 - current)
Sheng-yang Li (2024 - current)

Graduate Students

Daniel Dick, Ph.D. student (2022 - current)
Michael Gasdick, Ph.D. student (2023 - current)
Nick Cooley, M.S. student (2024 - current); co-advised with Dr. Roberto Lopez
Abigail Krent, Ph.D. student (2024 - current); co-advised with Dr. Miranda Haus

Undergraduate Students

Cassandra Austin (2023-current)
JD McClanahan (2023)
Sarah Shoaff (2023)

Prospective Students and Post-doctoral Researchers

Prospective undergraduate or graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, or visiting scholars and scientists are encouraged to contact me with your CV and interests.