Assistant Professor of Viticulture
Cain has worked in the grape and wine industry and been involved in viticulture research and extension since 2007, when employed at the Penn State Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center in North East, PA. After graduating with a BS in Horticulture Science from Penn State in 2009, Cain began his graduate studies at Virginia Tech. He earned his MSc in 2012 and PhD in 2016, focusing on applied research in several viticulture areas, including irrigation management, cover crop and rootstock use, and canopy and fruit-zone management. He has presented his research at several academic and industry conferences, and has delivered several presentations at extension workshops. In addition to his research and extension experience, Cain has guest-lectured for several university-sanctioned courses, and developed three class modules for an on-line viticulture course offered through Virginia Tech. Cain is currently working to solve regional vineyard management issues in Georgia through his extension and research appointment.