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Plant Science Major

Plant Science Major

Plant Science Program student faculty and adminstration

The Plant Science Major is an interdisciplinary degree, integrating four core departments supporting the program (with more than 150 talented and dedicated faculty combined!):

In addition, two affiliated departments provide key coursework for the major, ensuring that students understand how the plants function in the broader context of the ecosystems: Entomology and Nematology, and Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences.

Statewide offering: The Plant Science Major is offered to both incoming freshmen as well as transfer students at Gainesville’s main campus, and it is offered to transfer students through the statewide programs at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, or the West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton.

‌Many Plant Science offices and classes are in Fifield Hall (Building #0717) on the Gainesville campus of the University of Florida. It is located on Hull Road, off of Northwest 34th Street.

The Plant Science Team is here to provide guidance through your academic journey, so please reach out and connect!

Plant Science Director and
Undergrad Coordinator

Dina Liebowitz

Dr. Dina Liebowitz

(352) 392-1040

The University of Florida
2550 Hull Road, Rm. 1511 (W.M. Fifield Hall)
Gainesville, FL 32611-0670

Academic Advisor

Jeanie Houk

Jeanie Houk

(352) 273-4573

The University of Florida
2550 Hull Road, Rm. 1137 (W.M. Fifield Hall)
PO Box 110670 
Gainesville, FL 32611-0670


Plant Science Program Committee Members




Kara Casy

Kara Casy

Instructional Assistant Professor, Plant Science & Genetics Teaching

(352) 273-2215

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Greg MacDonald

Professor of Weed Science and Agronomy

(352) 294-1594


Environmental Horticulture


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Erin Alvarez

Plant Science Lecturer

(352) 294-1582

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Kimberly A. Moore

Professor and Academic coordinator

(954) 577-6328

Mack ThetfordMack Thetford

Associate Professor of Landscape,
Ornamental and Protected Crop Management

(850) 983-7130



Horticultural Sciences


Gerardo Nunez

Gerardo Nunez

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Advisor

(352) 273-4765


Xin Zhao

Xin Zhao

Professor and Undergraduate

(352) 273-4773


Plant Pathology


Samuel Martins

Samuel Martins

Assistant Professor

(352) 273-4649

Brantlee Spakes Richter

Brantlee Spakes-Richter

Assistant Professor

(352) 273-2014

Affiliate Representatives

Entomology and Nematology

Tolulope Agunbiade

Tolulope A. Agunbiade

Lecturer, Biosecurity and IPM

(352) 294-6792

Soil, Water and Ecosystems Sciences

Gabriel Maltais-Landry

Gabriel Maltais-Landry

Assistant Professor Sustainable Nutrient Management Systems

(352) 294-3159