Retirement Announcement - Dr. Pat Hayes

Dr. Patrick Hayes, Professor of Barley Breeding and Genetics, is planning to retire on January 1, 2024. Since 1986 his research team has focused on barley - in its many forms and uses. Research thrusts have included: development of winter and facultative habit malting barley varieties; the many facets of winter hardiness; dissection of quantitative disease resistance; characterization and utilization of genetic diversity; stimulating local barley production; development of multi-use naked barley for organic and conventional systems; exploring the contributions of barley genotype to beer flavor; and barley quality assessment. The OSU Barley Project has released 20 varieties/germplasms, developed 24 mapping populations/panels, distributed approximately 22 metric tons of barley seed, published 192 papers in refereed journals, and authored 13 book chapters. Pat and his team plan to release two more varieties and one germplasm prior to his retirement, and to publish at least five more papers. Pat has taught Plant Genetics to approximately 1,400 students: most graduated with a keen appreciation for the complexity and power of genetics. He has served as Major Professor/co-Major Professor for 34 graduate students, mentored 11 post-docs, and hosted 24 visiting scientists from 15 countries. Pat intends to continue as an Emeritus Professor and to be readily available to answer questions, but never to offer unsolicited advice or opinions. We thank Pat for his many contributions and wish him well on his next endeavors.