Dave is an active member of PASA participating actively through presentations, workshops and facilitated discussions at recent annual meetings and summer ecologically-based pest management workshops. Dave has been on the faculty at Penn State since 2001 and before that held a similar position at the University of Nebraska. His research and teaching focuses on ecologically-informed agriculture and he’s an active member of the transitions to organic team and sustainable agriculture working group. Dave’s ecologically-based research has been highlighted in international journals, Congressional testimony and his selection to head up several national competitive grants programs in Washington, D.C. Mortensen also serves or has served on the Rodale Farm Advisory Committee and the PCO Organic Certification Review Committee. Dave is so thankful for the willingness of PASA farmers to open their farms and thoughts about their operations to he and his students, an action that has greatly informed and enriched their learning and research.
Dave joined the board in 2011.