Dr. Nick Dokoozlian, E&J Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA, has been named the recipient of the 2011 B.Y. Morrison Memorial Award. The award was established in 1968 by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to horticulture. Dokoozlian was recognized for his research advancing grape and wine production, as well as for his leadership in coordinating national research efforts in vineyard water use and grape genomics benefiting the US grape industry.
Prior to joining E&J Gallo, Dokoozlian spent 15 years as a Viticulturist in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. He was responsible for research, teaching and extension education activities for the table and wine grape industries of California. His research interests focus on the effects of cultural practices and environmental factors on grape and wine composition, as well as the evaluation and improvement of grape varieties and germplasm. Dr. Dokoozlian received his PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of California, Davis.
Dokoozlian is heavily involved with the advancement of grape industry research and extension outreach activities. He currently serves as the Research Chair for the National Grape and Wine Initiative, an organization dedicated to increasing the funding available for grape and wine research in the United States, as well as numerous other industry liaison and advisory committees. He is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, as well as an active member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, the American Society for Horticultural Science and the International Society for Horticultural Science.