UMass Cranberry Station

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Dr. Hilary Sandler Hilary Sandler

Extension Assistant Professor - Integrated Pest Management
State IPM Coordinator
UMass Extension Landscape and Agriculture Program, Cranberry Team
Affiliation: Adjunct Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture; Graduate faculty member


Ph.D. Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2004.
M.S. Plant Science, University of Delaware, 1983.
B.A. Biology/Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1981

Research and Extension Projects

  • Factors that influence the dynamics of crop and weed ecology within the cranberry production system.
  • Development and implementation of nonchemical pest management, especially weeds.
  • Investigations on the vine establishment, weed colonization, and fertilizer management.
  • Effect of hand-held flame cultivation on perennial weeds and dodder.
  • Evaluation of new products for pest management.
  • Extension responsibilities include providing information to cranberry growers.

Selected Publications

Sandler, H.A. 2013. Response of four cranberry varieties to delayed applications of dichlobenil. Weed Technology 27:108-112.

Ghantous, K.M., H.A. Sandler, W.R. Autio, and P. Jeranyama. 2013. Response of cranberry vines to hand-held flame cultivators. HortScience 48:870-874.

Ghantous, K.M., H.A. Sandler, W.R. Autio, and P. Jeranyama. 2012. Hand-held flame cultivators as a management option for woody weeds. Weed Technology 26:371-375.

Ghantous, K.M. and H.A. Sandler. 2012. Mechanical scarification of dodder seeds with a handheld rotary tool. Weed Technology 26:485-489.

Sandler, H.A. 2011. Nitrogen and vine-harvest method affect cranberry vine production and yield. HortTechnology 21:87-97.

Sandler, H.A., C.J. DeMoranville, and W.R. Autio. 2011. Fertilizer regime and weed pressure minimally influence leaf tissue nutrient levels during cranberry vine establishment.  Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 42:1209-1222.

Sandler, H.A., C.J. DeMoranville, Y. Zhou, R.R. Boulanger, Jr., and B.R. Singh.  2011.  Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait, Ericaceae) in: K.V. Peter, ed. Biodiversity in Horticultural Crops 3:43–73. Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, India.

Sandler, H.A. 2010. Managing Cuscuta gronovii (swamp dodder) in cranberry requires an integrated approach (invited paper).  Sustainability 2:660-683. doi:10.3390/su2020660.

Sandler, H.A. and J. Mason. 2010. Flooding to manage dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) and broad-leaved weed species in cranberry: An innovative use of a traditional strategy.  Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 25:257-262.

Sandler, H.A. 2009. Integrating conventional and alternative practices into cranberry weed management. Acta Horticulturae 810:429-436.

Sandler, H.A., P.S. Brock, and J.E. Vanden Heuvel. 2009.  Effects of three reflective mulches on yield and fruit composition of Coastal New England wine grapes.  American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 60(3):332-338.

Sandler, H.A. 2009.  Nitrogen rate, vine density, and weed management affect colonization of cranberry beds following disturbance-Preliminary observations.  Weed Technology 23(2):324-328.

Sandler, H.A and C.J. DeMoranville. 2009.  Economic analysis of nitrogen rate on vine production and fruit yield of pruned cranberry beds. HortTechnology 19(3):572-579.

Suhayda, B., C.J. DeMoranville, H.A. Sandler, W.R. Autio, and J.E. Vanden Heuvel. 2009.  Sanding and pruning differentially impact canopy characteristics, yield, and economic returns in cranberry.  HortTechnology 19:796-802.

Sandler, H.A. 2008.  Challenges in integrated pest management for Massachusetts cranberry production: A historical perspective to inform the future. pp. 21-55. In: Crop Protection Research Advances, eds. E.N. Burton and P.V. Williams. Nova Publications, New York.

Sandler, H.A., P. Alpert, and D.E. Shumaker. 2007. Invasion of natural and agricultural cranberry bogs by introduced and native plants. Plant Ecology 190:219-231. On-line:

Blake, G., H.A. Sandler, W. Coli, D.M. Pober, and C. Coggins. 2007. An assessment of grower perceptions and factors influencing adoption of IPM in commercial cranberry production. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 22:134-144.

Mason, J., H.A. Sandler, and L.K. Hunsberger. 2006. Evaluation of sand stockpiles as potential sources of cranberry weeds. Weed Technology 20(1):58-66.

Hunsberger, L.K., DeMoranville, C.J., Autio, W.R., and H.A. Sandler. 2006. Uniformity of sand deposition on cranberry bogs and implications for swamp dodder control. HortTechnol.16(3):488-492. .

Hunsberger, L.K., W.R. Autio, C.J. DeMoranville, and H.A. Sandler. 2006. Mechanical removal of summer dodder infestations and impacts on cranberry yield. HortTechnol. 16(1):78-62.  

DeMoranville, C.J., H.A. Sandler, D.E. Shumaker, A.L. Averill, F.L. Caruso, M.M. Sylvia, and D.M. Pober. 2005. Fall flooding for the management of cranberry fruitworm (Acrobasis vaccinii) and dewberry (Rubus hispidus) in Massachusetts cranberry production. J. Crop Protection 24(11): 999-1006.

Morrison, J.R., H.A. Sandler, and L.K. Romaneo. 2005. Management of swamp dodder (Cuscuta gronovii Willd.) in cranberry may be enhanced by the integration of a nontoxic household cleaner. J. Crop Protection 24(1):1-6.

Sandler, H.A., C.J. DeMoranville, and W.R. Autio. 2004. Economic comparison of initial vine density, nitrogen rate, and weed management strategy in commercial cranberry. HortTechnol. 14(2): 267-274.

Sandler, H.A., J. Mason, W.R. Autio, and T.A. Bewick. 2004. Effect of repeat annual applications of dichlobenil on weed populations and yield components of cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon). Weed Technol. 18(3):648-657.

Kim, A.K. D.J. Ellis, H.A. Sandler, P. Hart, J.E. Darga, D. Keeney, T. A. Bewick. 2004. Genetic diversity of dodder (Cuscuta spp.) collected from commercial cranberry production as revealed in the trnL (UAA) intron. Plant Mol. Bio. Rptr. 22(3):1-7.

Sandler, H.A., D.E. Shumaker, and J. Mason. 2003. Compost recipe development and weed seed viability evaluation with abscised cranberry leaves-A demonstration study. Compost Sci. and Util. 11:351-360.

Sandler, H.A. 2002. New pest management priorities merge: Maximizing efficacy amid economic downturn. Cranberries 66(1):15-18.

Sandler, H.A. and C.J. DeMoranville. 1999. Influence of cultural practices on the activity of dichlobenil on cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) bogs. HortSci. 34:1048-1050.