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Plant Science Major

Plant Science Major

Mentoring is a key tool for academic success! Students will meet with Dr. Liebowitz during their first semester to explore their interests, and during that conversation, we’ll match you with a Faculty Mentor with similar interests. If your spark takes a new turn during your journey, we can chat about finding you a new match!:

  • Step 1: Fill out this Brainstorming Tool
  • Step 2: Meet with Dr. Liebowitz to explore your spark and find a mentoring fit! (She will reach out to you when you join the program)
  • Step 3: Meet your match, and you’re off and running…

You’ll meet your faculty mentors at least once a semester for advice and guidance on:

  • Course electives
  • Scholarships
  • Professional societies and clubs
  • Internship opportunities
  • Capstone project idea development
  • Professional experience in research, teaching, and extension
  • Career or graduate school brainstorms

Carrie Adams

Carrie Adams

Associate Professor

Department: Environmental Horticulture

Topics: Restoration and Plant Ecology 

rein0050@ufl.edu

Erin Alvarez

Erin Alvarez

Lecturer

Department: Environmental Horticulture

Topics: landscape management, public horticulture, professional development, plant propagation, practical work experience, capstone

erinalvarez@ufl.edu

Tolulope Agunbiade

Tolulope Agunbiade

Lecturer

Department: Entomology and Nematology

Topics: biosecurity, integrated pest management and genomics

agunbiade@ufl.edu

Ali Babar

Ali Babar

Associate Professor

Department: Agronomy

Topics: world food crops breeding, plant breeding & molecular genetics

mababar@ufl.edu

 

Kelly Balmant

Kelly Balmant

Assistant Professor

Department: Horticultural Sciences

 

balmant@ufl.edu

Liliana Cano portrait

Liliana M. Cano

Assistant Professor

Department: Plant PathologyIRREC

Topic: plant pathology, pathogen effector biology, pathogen evolution, plant-microbe interactions, pathogen-assisted breeding

lmcano@ufl.edu

Zhanao Deng

Zhanao Deng

Professor

Department: Environmental HorticultureGCREC

Topics: breeding, genetics, genomics, genome editing, biotechnology, ornamental plants, emerging crops

zdeng@ufl.edu

Jose C. B. Dubeux Jr.

Jose C. B. Dubeux Jr.

Professor & Associate Chair

Department: AgronomyNFREC

Topics: grassland, ecosystem services, livestock, crop-livestock systems

dubeux@ufl.edu

Dr. William Hammond

Dr. William M. Hammond

Assistant Professor

Department: Agronomy

Topics: plant ecophysiology, plant mortality, climate change impacts, plant vascular systems, plant water use

williamhammond@ufl.edu

Alfred Heqian Huo

Alfred Huo

Assistant Professor

Department: Environmental Horticulture / MREC

Topics: plant breeding, molecular biology, genome editing, stress tolerance, ornamentals and vegetables

hhuo@ufl.edu

Jeongim Kim

Jeongim Kim

Assistant Professor

Department: Plant Pathology

Topics: Plant secondary metabolism and hormones, Metabolic engineering and Plant genetic modification using CRISPR

Biochemical Genetics Lab

Ryan Klein

Ryan Klein

Assistant Professor

Department: Environmental Horticulture

Topics: arboriculture, tree risk assessment, trees and hurricanes, trees and climate change, urban forestry

ryanwklein@ufl.edu

Rosalie L. Koenig

Rosalie Koenig

Assistant Professor

Department: Agronomy DepartmentCenter for Stress Resilient Agriculture

Topics: agroecology, organic agriculture, international agriculture development

rlkoenig@ufl.edu

Jason Kruse

Jason Kruse

Associate Professor

Department: Environmental Horticulture

Topics: turfgrass, landscape, general plant science, soils

jkk@ufl.edu

Tie Liu

Tie Liu

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

Department: Environmental Horticulture

Topics: Postharvest Genomics, Potato Tuber Dormancy, Stress Biology, Meristem Development

tieliu@ufl.edu

Greg MacDonald

Greg MacDonald

Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

Department: Agronomy Department

Topics: weed science and crop production

pineacre@ufl.edu

Emma Matcham

Emma Matcham

Assistant Professor

Department: Agronomy

Topics: agronomic row crop fertility and production, extension

eg.matcham@ufl.edu

Kimberly Moore

Kimberly A. Moore

Professor and Associate Center Director for FLREC

Department: Environmental HorticultureFLREC

Topics: plant nutrition, organic chemistry, alternative growing substrates and water conservation, greenhouse production, ornamental plants

klock@ufl.edu 

Swathi Nadakuduti

Swathi Nadakuduti

Assistant Professor

Department: Environmental Horticulture

Topics: Plant biochemistry and biotechnology, Gene-editing and Biochemistry – Medicinal plants

s.nadakuduti@ufl.edu

Gerardo Nunez

Gerardo Nunez

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

Department: Horticultural Sciences

Topics: plant physiology, berry crops, graduate school

g.nunez@ufl.edu

 

Ahmad A. Omar

Ahmad A. Omar

Research Assistant Scientist

Department: Horticultural Sciences / CREC

Topics: molecular biology and biotechnology techniques for improving and developing disease resistance for commercially important crops, greenhouse and field evaluations, citrus and macadamia nut propagation and improvement

omar71@ufl.edu

Bala Rathinasabapathi

Bala Rathinasabapathi

Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

Department: Horticultural Sciences

Topics: horticultural sciences, genetics, plant breeding and genomics, environmental physiology

erinalvarez@ufl.edu

Brantlee Spakes Richter

Brantlee Spakes-Richter

Assistant Professor

Department: Plant Pathology

Topics: teaching & science communication, industry experience, new disease research

bsr@ufl.edu

Edzard van Santen

Edzard Van Santen

Professor

Department: Agronomy

Topics: agronomy, biostatistics

evsanten@ufl.edu

Steven Sargent

Steven Sargent

Professor and Associate Chair

Department: Horticultural Sciences

Topics: quality and technology of fresh fruits and vegetables

sasa@ufl.edu

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Professor

Department: Plant Pathology

Topics: Fungal Evolution, Ecology and Systematics; special interests in ectomycorrhizal fungi, truffles, zygomycetes

trufflesmith@ufl.edu

Denielle Treadwell

Danielle Treadwell

Associate Professor

Department: Horticultural Sciences

Topics: state extension specialist organic/sustainable specialty crops; cover crop management, conservation tillage, organic farming systems

ddtreadw@ufl.edu

Marcelo Wallau

Marcelo Wallau

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

Department: Agronomy

Topics: forage management, grazing, diffusion and implementation of technology

mwallau@ufl.edu

Wagner Vendrame

Wagner Vendrame

Professor and Interim Chair

Department: Environmental Horticulture

Topics: Ornamental Micropropagation and Cryopreservation

vendrame@ufl.edu

Catalin Voiniciuc

Catalin Voiniciuc

Associate Professor

Department: Horticultural Sciences

Topics: plant synthetic biology, cell wall polysaccharides

cvoiniciuc@ufl.edu

Jianping Wang

Jianping Wang

Associate Professor

Department: Agronomy

Topics: plant genetics and genomics, Molecular biology (gene cloning and genome editing), Symbiosis, Crop disease resistance

wangjp@ufl.edu

Xin Zhao

Xin Zhao

Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

Department: Horticultural Sciences

Topics: organic and sustainable vegetable cropping systems, vegetable grafting, protected culture, organic nutrient management, soil health, and produce quality as affected by production systems and cultural practices

zxin@ufl.edu