Washington State University, Prosser
Esther Hernández-Montes obtained her Agricultural Engineering and
master studies in the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain),
and she completed a PhD at the University of Balearic Islands
(Spain). The main research of her PhD was to study carbon and
water balances in grapevines, focusing in determining carbon
gains and losses in different plant organs throughout their
development, considering the environmental and genetic
variations. Also, she studied how environmental factors and
vineyard management practices affect soil respiration and fruit
respiration in a vineyard. During her postdoctoral experience,
Esther has worked at the University of Bologna (Italy) to study
the effect of canopy management on vine physiology and grape and
wine quality in highly sustainable vineyards.
She is currently working as a postdoctoral research associate in Washington State University (USA) at Dr. Markus Keller research team, where she studies the effect of climate change on plant physiology and fruit maturation in grapevines. Also, she is identifying the major drivers of berry acidity during pre- and post-veraison through a new project funded by the Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program.