Brad Gaolach

Brad Gaolach
Washington State University | WSU · WSU Extension

Doctor of Philosophy
Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension; Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research

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Introduction
Brad Gaolach has over 18 years of leadership experience as the former County Extension Director in Washington’s two most populous counties. He is recognized for his systems based approach to problem solving, and his ability to build collaborative partnerships. Dr. Gaolach utilizes his training as a research scientist and ecologist to bridge the world of academia with community based applications. Brad often provides leadership on Center projects related to environmental stewardship, systems thinking and organizational development.

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Publications (26)
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Food, energy, and water (FEW) are deeply intertwined in modern agricultural production, consumption, and management. Policies aimed at increasing local food production and consumption are likely to affect all three FEW sectors as well as the practical and economic relations of producers and consumers to those sectors. This publication synthesizes i...
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Green infrastructure (GI) has grown in acceptance as a sustainable means to manage stormwater in urbanizing landscapes, while providing a multitude of additional benefits that range from improving community health to protecting local ecosystems. The mandated use of GI for the management of stormwater is arguably more prevalent in the Pacific Northw...
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Six western Extension organizations founded the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER) to increase the internal capacity of Extension to address metropolitan issues and elevate the value of Extension to external metropolitan audiences. In this article, we present a case study of WCMER. We describe the inception of the center...
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Colorado State University's Denver County Extension office is transforming the urban Extension landscape through a deliberate shift from traditional Extension programming toward a more project-based approach. In collaboration with the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research, Denver County Extension developed the hot shot model to con...
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Washington State University (WSU) is redefining how Extension works in urban areas. Its Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension (Metro Center) engages nontraditional Extension audiences using an innovative business model that focuses on short-term projects instead of long-term programs. Outcome-driven, client-centered, and solution-o...
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This group-randomized controlled trial examines the effects of a school garden intervention on availability of fruits and vegetables (FV) in elementary school children's homes. Within each region, lowincome U.S. schools in Arkansas, Iowa, New York, and Washington State were randomly assigned to intervention group (n = 24) or waitlist control group...
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To help ensure Extension's relevance and accessibility to an increasingly diverse population, the National Urban Extension Leaders group created a framework based on historical and emerging developments. Themes focus on programs, personnel, partnership, and the positioning of Extension at local, state, and national levels. For Extension to be a vib...
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The educational program model is the principle approach Extension uses to deliver on its mission of “taking knowledge to the people.” However, with county-based faculty fully engaged in long-term program delivery, they may have little or no capacity to address emerging issues faced by urban communities. Urban governments often seek the research cap...
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This randomized controlled trial or ‘true experiment' examines the effects of a school garden intervention on the science knowledge of elementary school children. Schools were randomly assigned to a group that received the garden intervention (n = 25) or to a waitlist control group that received the garden intervention at the end of the study (n =...
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Empowering youth to affect change in their lives and their communities can result in healthier youth and communities. The Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team (FEEST) engages youth 12–24 in two ethnically diverse communities in King County, WA around food justice and food systems. At FEEST, youth and adults participate as equals. The...
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Foodshed analysis provides a way to assess the capacity of regions to feed themselves. While dozens of foodshed analyses have been completed across North America, they have not been systematically analyzed. This paper reviews 22 foodshed analyses completed in the USA and Canada between 2000 and 2013. The criteria used to evaluate the foodshed studi...
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The purpose of this chapter is to provide an application of Image Analysis techniques for school health policy evaluation. Image Analysis was used to extract information from school meal photographs. Extracted information is used to determine the baseline, characteristic of school food serving practices in accordance with the recently mandated Nutr...
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The Integrated Weed Control Project (IWCP) of Washington State University Extension has been implementing biocontrol of weeds since 1999. In this time we have noted several substantial successes after the biocontrol releases. Larinus minutus Gyllenhal (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a seed-feeding beetle, has reduced Centaurea diffusa Lam.(diffuse kna...
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Washington State is facing an invasion of non-native, highly competitive noxious weeds. For example, in the mid-1980’s, approximately 60,000 acres of Ferry County were mapped by Washington State University (WSU) as noxious weed infest ed, with more than 400,000 acres of rangeland threatened in the county. The survey also mapped 420,000 acres infest...
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Endotoxins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) produced in transgenic pest-resistant Bt crops are generally not toxic to predatory and parasitic arthropods. However, elimination of Bt-susceptible prey and hosts in Bt crops could reduce predator and parasitoid abundance and thereby disrupt biological control of other herbivorous pests. Here we report r...
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Increasing vegetational diversity has been shown to reduce pest numbers in agroecoystems. To examine the relative effectiveness of undersowing clover (Trifolium sp.) and arugula (Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa) in reducing pest numbers, I measured insect abundance on broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica) plants undersown with either arugula or c...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 2001. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 98-106).
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Thesis (M.S.)--North Carolina State University. Includes bibliographical references. Includes vita.

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Hosting the 2019 National Urban Extension Conference in Seattle, WA https://sites.google.com/view/nuec2019/home Registration is now open, early-bird registration ends on Earth Day, April 22: https://sites.google.com/view/nuec2019/registration. Three, full-conference registration scholarships (value of $650) are being offered – deadline is tax day, April 15: https://sites.google.com/view/nuec2019/registration/scholarship-application. Conference includes: • Over 150 presentations, • 6 Leading Edge Dialogue spotlight six critical issues facing our universities and our cities, • 10 Mobile Learning Workshops (filling up fast, don’t miss out), • Green Infrastructure working session and research tour.