Dr. Annemiek Schilder
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Annemiek Schilder is a descendant of a long line of Westfriesian dairy farmers in the northwest of The Netherlands. Her grandfather, who farmed well into his 90's, inspired her to follow a career in agriculture. She completed her primary and secondary education in The Netherlands after which she embarked on undergraduate studies in Agronomy at the University of University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. After obtaining her B.S. degree and an appreciation of the Cajun culture, she studied Plant Sciences at Wageningen Agricultural University in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Subsequently, she obtained her MS and PhD degrees in Plant Pathology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY while wandering the wheat fields of upstate New York in search of fungal and viral diseases. She then moved to Nigeria, Africa, fulfilling a long-time dream to work in agricultural development and spent 3 years as a at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture researching legume and cassava diseases, seed health, and plant quarantine issues.