Ag Metrics Group Leadership Team
The leadership team at Ag Metrics puts together academia, practical experience, state-of-the-art equipment, and facilities with scientific knowledge and field experience to bring you clear, well-documented and properly conducted experiments that will solve problems and optimize product development programs. Find out more about our team or better yet, call us or send us an e-mail to get acquainted.
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Frank Sances, the company’s founder and CEO, holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Biology from California Polytechnic University Pomona and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology and Plant Physiology from the University of California, Riverside (1980). He has published dozens of peer-reviewed and popular scientific articles in the areas of Entomology, Acarology, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, and Agronomy. He is a consultant to agribusiness, grower cooperatives, academic institutions, and government. He remains active in several professional societies and has produced dozens of accredited and well attended seminars in Pest Management. He is active in the California Central Coast community and was elected to the local school board in 2000. He is a frequent invitational speaker and a vocal advocate for coastal environmental protection. Beginning with his upbringing in the UK and Spain, and later in California, he has always been interested in studying and preserving living systems. He promotes sustainability; agricultural, environmental, and societal.
Frank’s crop experience and publications focus on strawberry agronomic best practices, leafy greens IPM, solanaceous crop production, and forensic agronomy. (Sances et.al. 1978-2020).
Frank is widely travelled domestically and internationally, and rotates frequently among the CA, FL, and MI company research centers.
Pacific Ag Research
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Brad is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he earned a Master’s Degree in Crop Science. Brad has both American and international agricultural experience. He worked in production agriculture in Central America and has been managing science studies at Pacific Ag Research since 2008. He started as a biologist in California and then relocated to Florida to start the Thonotosassa research station.
He has been serving as Western Area Manager since 2017 and has since moved back to California. Brad has had two publications:
Read more About MARJA
Dr. Marja Koivunen is the Science Officer for Ag Metrics Western Region and the Salinas Station Manager for Pacific Ag Research. With an extensive background in biopesticide product development and hands-on research in greenhouse and field settings, her focus on the unique challenges of the California agricultural industry is a vital asset to the company.
Her professional journey includes critical roles with companies such as Vestaron Corporation, AMVAC Chemical Corp, and Marrone Bio Innovations, reflecting her deep involvement and practical expertise in product development research. Her academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Soil Science, Plant Nutrition and Soil Microbiology from UC Davis and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Chemistry and Physics/Soil Science from the University of Helsinki. Marja was also a Fulbright Scholar in Soil Microbiology at Cornell University.
Dr. Koivunen's commitment to agricultural science extends beyond her operational career duties. She is a Fellow and Board Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) AGRO Division and has been an active Board Member of the American Society of Agronomy's California Chapter. Her scientific contributions include many peer-reviewed articles and patents, highlighting her commitment to advancing agricultural sciences across multiple disciplines.
In her role at Pacific Ag Research, Dr. Koivunen collaborates with an advanced technical staff, managing an extensive research portfolio with a focus on high value California crops and a commitment to scientific excellence.
American Chemical Society (ACS) AGRO Division
American Society of Agronomy's California Chapter
Read more About Oscar
Oscar Cuevas began his career in Agriculture in 1990 studying Agriculture and Plant Sciences for an A.S. Degree. He became the Operations Manager for a large Central Valley farming company and in 2000 he left to become a Research Technician for an agricultural products manufacturer. In this role, his focus was on establishing and evaluating field trials on vegetables, fruit, nuts, and most intensively on grapes against Phylloxera and nematodes. He travelled extensively to work with scientists, growers, and regulatory agents in an expansive product development program with promising soil fumigants.
In 2003, he joined Pacific Ag Research as a Research Technician specializing in precision applications of foliar and soil applied products on a wide variety of crops. During this tenure at Pacific Ag Research, Oscar also worked in Florida, Arizona, and Michigan collaborating with company scientists as a Field Research Specialist. This involved research with all types of crop improvement products; from fertilizers and bio-stimulants, to foliar applications in row, field, and orchard crops.
In 2009, Oscar became the Operations Manager with Pacific Ag Research for 7 company farms in California. In 2016, Oscar was given the Central Valley research station at Five Points, California. This 70-acre facility conducts field trials on warm weather crops such as melons, cotton, almonds, grapes, stone fruits, and most any other central valley crop. Oscar’s group now grows over 25 different crops at the Five Points Ranch and has even grown tobacco and many GMO and other transgenic crops at this site. Oscar supervises a team of advanced biologists and farm managers for on-station trials and works closely with commercial growers from the region to secure sites for off-station trials from Sacramento south to Bakersfield.
Florida Ag Research
Michigan Ag Research
Read more About BrIAN
Brian was raised on a Michigan dairy farm. He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Wildlife Biology and Biometrics. In 1987, he started his agricultural research career at Michigan State University. He was a staff researcher in the department of Plant Pathology working with vegetables and field crop diseases. Brian mentored many graduate students through the years and continues to maintain industry contacts throughout the Midwest. While at MSU, Brian was recognized in several commendations including the Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award. After almost 30 years, in 2014, Brian retired from MSU and joined Pacific Ag Group to develop the Michigan research station for their Great Lakes area projects. Brian’s specialty is soil borne and foliar diseases of vegetables, breeding for disease tolerance, forecast modeling, and countless bio efficacy trials on fruit, field, greenhouse, and vegetable crops. Brian has conducted on-farm research with over 40 commercial growers across the state of Michigan and Wisconsin. Brian was one of only two people working on fumigant alternatives for Michigan Vegetable Growers from 2002 to 2013. Brian is an expert in soil fumigation, soil borne disease control, disease forecasting model development, and grower extension. Brian has a commercial applicator license for field crop, fruit, vegetable, and fumigation categories.
NAICC - National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants
Read more About MEgan
Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and a Masters in Biotechnology from Fresno State, and a PhD in Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science from Virginia Tech. In her early career, she worked on environmental stress responses on Bt cotton field research at Dow AgroSciences, as well as field, lab and greenhouse trial work. In graduate school she received an NSF Fellowship for interdisciplinary study and worked to characterize RNA mobility between plants. Currently, she manages data processing for all our sites and summarizes reports across the United States with complete statistical analysis and professional presentation of results for a wide array of field and lab trials. She is a member of the American Phytopathology Association.