Karina Gallardo, Ph.D.
Dr. R. Karina Gallardo is Associate Professor Extension Specialist in the School of Economic Sciences, stationed at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center of Washington State University in Puyallup, WA. She holds a BS in Food Science from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Lima, Peru), a Master in Science in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Gallardo’s primary research and outreach program goal is to enhance value-added agribusiness opportunities for specialty crops in the state of Washington. As such, her areas of research focus on consumer demand analysis and economics of technological change. More specifically, Gallardo is conducting research assessing consumers’ preferences for fresh fruit quality, and understanding the profitability and various other factors affecting growers’ adoption of new technologies such as new cultivars, improved pest management systems, and labor enhancing mechanisms.