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Dr. Malkie Spodek, entomologist and Dr. Jennifer Kelly, oenologist.
Dr. Malkie Spodek, entomologist and Dr. Jennifer Kelly, oenologist.
March 30, 2023

The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) has appointed two new members to its team of scientists.


Dr. Malkie Spodek will join the Institute as scientist in entomology and Dr. Jennifer Kelly will take on the role of scientist in oenology effective May 1, 2023.


Spodek brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of plant protection and entomology. She is a Hemipteran specialist, which includes scale insects, psyllids, whiteflies, aphids, cicadas and leafhoppers, many of which are important agricultural pests. Prior to joining CCOVI, she spent five years as a research entomologist, where she focused on finding sustainable pest management solutions for the agricultural needs of the Arava region in Israel. She has also previously worked in biosecurity and helped to develop import regulations with risk assessments for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Israel. 


She currently serves as the Collection Manager of Hemiptera at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, Israel and is a member of the Entomological Societies of Canada, the U.S. and Israel.


Dr. Jennifer Kelly brings a unique perspective to the oenologist position, as she has worked in the grape and wine industry for more than a decade in both cellars and an academic capacity, with the majority of this time focused on research that sought to improve the quality of Ontario wine and address specific industry challenges.


Before completing her PhD at Brock, Kelly worked in wineries across Niagara and the Barossa Valley in Australia, gaining practical, hands-on wine production experience. Her PhD and post-doctoral projects focused on research pertinent to the Niagara grape and wine industry, involving local yeast isolates, red wine production, botrytis and volatile acidity concerns and aromatic white wine production with a focus on fruity aromas associated with Sauvignon blanc.


Kelly’s focus on developing mitigation tools to assist industry with resilience to climate change and experience testing oenological methods on wine quality and consumer preferences through her PhD and post-doctoral research demonstrate her ability to tackle industry challenges in premium wine production.


She currently serves as senior lab demonstrator and professional studies instructor at CCOVI.


Source:  Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute March 30, 2023 news release


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Submitted by Karen Davidson on 30 March 2023