Amaya Atucha is an assistant professor in the department of Horticulture and the Fruit Crop Extension Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also the Gottschalk Chair for cranberry research. Her instruction responsibilities include teaching Hort 345 Fruit Crop Production.
Her research program focuses on fruit crop physiology and production of deciduous fruit crops (cranberry, apple, and grapes in particular). Her current research areas include cold hardiness of fruit crops, improving fruit quality of cold hardy wine grapes through cultural practices, and differences in root growth rates of rootstocks as affected by soil borne pathogens.
The goal of her extension program is to deliver up to date, research-based information to fruit growers that will lead to improve production practices of fruit crops in Wisconsin.
She earned her B.S. in horticulture from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile) and her Ph.D. in horticulture from Cornell University. Prior to joining UW-Madison she was an assistant professor at Colorado State University in the department of Horticulture.