Wild Blueberry Specialist
Hugh is Perennia’s Wild Blueberry Specialist. His role is to support the growth and development of the wild blueberry industry in Nova Scotia.
Hugh has a B.Sc. in Horticulture (2012) from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), China. He came to Nova Scotia in 2012 and got his B.Sc. in Plant Science from Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture (DAL-AC) in 2015. Hugh is in the process of completing his M.Sc. program at DAL-AC under the guidance of Dr. Scott White. Hugh’s graduate research focuses on vegetation management in Nova Scotia wild blueberry fields. He conducted two projects from 2017-2019, including a weed survey of Nova Scotia wild blueberry fields and development of management strategies for Spreading Dogbane. Hugh received the Graduate Research Training Initiative scholarship under the Canada-Nova Scotia Growing Forward 2 Program in 2017, and he was the recipient for the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia Graduate Research Award in 2018 and 2019.
Hugh has been working in Nova Scotia wild blueberry research since 2014. He worked for the Wild Blueberry Research Program and Vegetation Management Research program at DAL-AC, covering all areas of pest management, including disease control and vegetation management. Due to his knowledge and experience in wild blueberry research and the industry, Hugh can provide growers guidance on wild blueberry management.
Hugh has a great understanding of Nova Scotian and Canadian culture. During his past experience as Program Coordinator at DAL-AC, Hugh provided resources to international students in DAL-AC before and when they arrived in Canada. Hugh is also actively involved in the local community and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester.