Robin Rosetta was born in Texas in 1959. When she was four years old, her family moved to California, where she began her schooling. During high school, Rosetta developed interests in electronic media and foreign languages. She pursued electronic media at UC Santa Cruz, but due to her family’s inability to continue paying for college, she left and worked a variety of jobs. From 1980 to 1987, she attended Cabrillo Community College while also working long hours to support herself. She graduated with her A.S. degree in horticulture and electronics, and moved on to UC Davis, earning a B.S. in entomology (1990) and a master’s degree in plant protection/pest management (1992).
Rosetta started working as an associate professor at Oregon State University in 1994. In addition to teaching, she was also a Nursery Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Extension Agent for the university, conducting research on topics such as biological control implementation. She also aided in developing and expanding the Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM website. Prior to her retirement in 2019, she conducted research on intelligent spray systems to manage pests and reduce pesticide residues. This work has helped propel gradual increases in the use of intelligent spray systems throughout the United States.