Plant Breeding/Genetics (Wheat)
C136 Plant Sciences
Scott Haley is a Professor and Wheat Breeder in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department at Colorado State University. Upon completion of a B.S. degree in Biology at Washington State University (1983), Dr. Haley served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where he worked in cowpea breeding under the coordination of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Following Peace Corps service, Dr. Haley completed his M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in wheat breeding and genetics at Colorado State University. Dr. Haley completed a post-doctoral appointment in dry edible been breeding (1992-1993) at Michigan State University and then served for 5 1/2 years as a winter wheat breeder at South Dakota State University (1993-1998).
Since joining Colorado State University in 1999, Dr. Haley has led a wheat breeding program focusing on hard red and hard white winter wheat cultivar and germplasm development for eastern Colorado and the High Plains region. Among Dr. Haley’s professional accomplishments are the development and release of 31 improved wheat cultivars and 2 wheat germplasm lines. Chief biotic stress breeding targets in the breeding program include fungal (mostly stripe, leaf, and stem rust) and viral (mostly wheat streak mosaic virus) pathogens and various insect and mite pests (wheat curl mite, Russian wheat aphid, wheat stem sawfly).
In addition to research, Dr. Haley has also been active in teaching, student advising, and outreach for the wheat industry in Colorado. Current teaching assignments include two courses in advanced plant breeding (Plant Breeding Methods and Plant Breeding Tools).