Seed Fund Projects
Juliana Maria Leite Nobrega de Moura Bell is an expert in membrane filtration and a project scientist at the Advanced Milk Processing Lab, located in the university’s Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. She holds a Ph.D. in food processing from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, Brazil, and completed her doctoral training in France at the European Institute of Membrane and Agricultural Research for Development.
Anita Oberbauer’s father was a rancher, and he nurtured her interest in livestock when she was growing up. She earned a BS at UC Davis and then moved east to Cornell University for her PhD emphasizing food animal growth and development. These experiences instilled in her a deep abiding affinity for animal agriculture that is sustainable from environmental, economic and social perspectives.
Bob Coates completed his bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering at UC Davis. For his senior design project, he designed and tested a system to monitor individual cow feeding habits at the university’s dairy.
“This was the start of my interest in precision agriculture,” he says. “I completed a master’s degree with Professor Michael Delwiche at UC Davis by exploring ideas for precision irrigation in orchards.”
As a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Viticulture & Enology, Tom Shapland’s project on surface renewal measurements of daily crop water use was funded through SATIC’s prototype seed fund program. Today Shapland is co-founder and CEO of Tule Technologies Inc., which is developing a sensor-based monitoring system that allows growers to use water more efficiently when irrigating their fields.This interview was conducted in 2013, while Shapland was at UC Davis.