Roger Downer is currently a Research Associate with The Ohio State University. He has a PhD in Biology from The University of Portsmouth (UK) 1998. Thesis title “The impact of spray modifiers on pesticide dose transfer”.
Prior to moving from England to join the Laboratory for Pest Control Application Technology at The Ohio State University in 1989, Roger spent 20 years in the Agrochemical Industry as an entomologist but with a significant input into and interest in pesticide application. He has traveled to many parts of the world carrying out insecticide development field trials primarily in cotton.
For the past 25 + years he has been involved in a wide range of projects including research into the role, use and effectiveness of adjuvants in crop protection with a special interest in drift management. He joined the Doohan Weed Lab in November 2011 where he is involved in a variety of projects including laboratory and field performance evaluation of adjuvants and formulations for weed control. Roger is also involved in projects and organizations evaluating the role of pollinators in agricultural crop production and the effect pesticides have on those pollinators. He is currently a co-chair of the Pollinator Partnership task force on pesticides.