Dr. Holly Little is the 2016-2017 past president of the Plant Growth Regulation Society of America. Holly became involved in PGRSA when she was a PhD student at UC Davis. She was awarded a student travel award to attend the 2004 annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. At this meeting, she was introduced to the society and its many dedicated members. Holly has been active in PGRSA ever since, attending many annual meetings, and presenting research at them. In addition, Holly has served in numerous positions on the PGRSA steering committee; Member at Large, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, and President. Holly also served as the Program Chair for 2015 Annual Conference in Hawaii.
Holly is currently the director of global commercial science for Acadian Plant Health, and has been with the company since 2007. In this role, she leads an international team of market development scientists to develop and implement Acadian’s global field trial program, and ensure the dissemination of research to customers. Holly is based out of Walnut Grove, California, and is a certified crop advisor. She is also a member a number of scientific societies, including: American Society for Horticultural Science, Plant Growth Regulation Society of America, and Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society).
Holly earned her doctorate in plant biology from UC Davis. Her dissertation is titled Pistillate flower abortion and ethylene production in English walnut. Her Master’s degree is in horticulture and agronomy from UC Davis, and is titled Crop load effects on subsequent peach floral development, pistil size at anthesis, and fruit size at harvest.Her undergraduate degree is from CSU, Chico in agricultural science and education.
Holly has an agricultural background, having grown up living and working on her family’s farm, and she enjoys conducting research that is beneficial to production agriculture.