Professor, Department of Plant Sciences
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Panelist, Climate Change and Food Security
David Still, PhD is a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His research lab focuses on plant improvement through breeding, physiological genetics and genomics. David has a particular interest in how to adapt lettuce to produce a marketable crop grown at higher temperatures using genetics, genomics and understanding of plant physiology. This research is in response to global warming and mitigating the environmental impacts of growing lettuce. Additionally, his lab has been working on developing lettuce that uses less water and less nitrogen. David has studied seed biology for the last 24 years: beginning as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, he then joined the University of Arizona as an Assistant Research Scientist at the Yuma Agricultural Center before moving to Cal Poly Pomona, where he teaches classes in seed biology, plant breeding and genetics. David is also Executive Director of the California State University Agricultural Research Institute, a multi-campus applied research program supporting research on high-priority issues facing California agriculture.