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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

Erin Alvarez

Erin Alvarez

Lecturer

Department: Environmental HorticultureCALS

erinalvarez@ufl.edu

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

Tolulope Agunbiade

Tolulope Agunbiade

Lecturer, Biosecurity and IPM

Department: Entomology and Nematology

agunbiade@ufl.edu

Integrated Pest Management and Genomics

Ali BabarAli Babar

Associate Professor - World Food Crops Breeding

Department: Agronomy

mababar@ufl.edu

 

Liliana Cano portrait

Liliana M. Cano

Assistant Professor

Department: Plant PathologyIRREC

lmcano@ufl.edu

Plant pathology, Pathogen Effector Biology, Pathogen Evolution, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Pathogen-Assisted Breeding

Zhanao Deng

Zhanao Deng

Professor

Department: Environmental HorticultureGCREC

zdeng@ufl.edu

Breeding, genetics, genomics, genome editing, biotechnology, ornamental plants, emerging crops

Jose C. B. Dubeux Jr.

Jose C. B. Dubeux Jr.

Associate Chair, Agronomy Department & Professor

Department: North Florida Research and Education Center (Marianna)

dubeux@ufl.edu

Grassland, Ecosystem Services, Livestock, Crop-Livestock Systems

Dr. William Hammond

Dr. William M. Hammond

Assistant Professor of Plant Ecophysiology

Department: Agronomy

williamhammond@ufl.edu

Plant Ecophysiology, Plant mortality, Climate Change Impacts, Plant Vascular Systems, Plant Water Use

Alfred Heqian Huo

Alfred Huo

Assistant Professor

Department: Environmental Horticulture / MREC

hhuo@ufl.edu

Plant Breeding, Molecular biology, Genome Editing, Stress Tolerance, Ornamentals and vegetables.

Ryan Klein

Ryan Klein

Assistant Professor

Department:  UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture

ryanwklein@ufl.edu

Arboriculture, Tree Risk Assessment, Trees and Hurricanes, Trees and Climate Change, Urban Forestry

Rosalie L. Koenig

Rosalie Koenig

Assistant Professor

Department: Agronomy DepartmentCenter for Stress Resilient Agriculture/IFAS

rlkoenig@ufl.edu

Agroecology, Organic Agriculture, International Agriculture Development

Dean Kopsell

Dean Kopsell

Professor / Chairman, Department of Environmental Horticulture

dean.kopsell@ufl.edu

Plant Physiology; Plant Nutrition; Plant Breeding

Jason Kruse

Jason Kruse

Associate Professor

Department: Environmental Horticulture

jkk@ufl.edu

Turfgrass, landscape, general plant science, soils

Greg MacDonald

Greg MacDonald

Professor

Department: Agronomy Department

pineacre@ufl.edu

Weed Science and Crop Production

Emma Matcham

Emma Matcham

Assistant Professor

Department: Agronomy

eg.matcham@ufl.edu

agronomic row crop fertility and production; Extension

Kimberly Moore

Kimberly A. Moore

Associate Center Director for FLREC, Professor

Department: UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture DepartmentFLREC

klock@ufl.edu 

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

Gerardo Nunez

Gerardo Nunez

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

Department: Horticulture Sciences

g.nunez@ufl.edu

Plant Physiology, berry crops, graduate school

 

Ahmad A. Omar

Ahmad A. Omar

Research Assistant Scientist

Department: Citrus Research and Education Center

omar71@ufl.edu

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.

Bala Rathinasabapathi

Bala Rathinasabapathi

Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

Department: Horticulture Sciences

erinalvarez@ufl.edu

Horticultural Sciences, Genetics, Plant Breeding and Genomics, Environmental Physiology

Brantlee Spakes Richter

Brantlee Spakes-Richter

Associate Professor

Department: Plant Pathology

bsr@ufl.edu

teaching & science communication; industry experience; new disease research

Edzard van Santen

Edzard Van Santen

Professor, Biostatistics and Teaching

Department: Agronomy

evsanten@ufl.edu

Agronomy, Statistics

Steven Sargent

Steven Sargent

Professor and Associate Chair

Department: Horticulture Sciences

sasa@ufl.edu

Quality and technology of fresh fruits and vegetables

Denielle Treadwell

Danielle Treadwell

Associate Professor

Department: Horticulture Sciences

ddtreadw@ufl.edu

State Extension Specialist Organic/Sustainable Specialty Crops; Cover Crop Management, Conservation Tillage, Organic Farming Systems

Marcelo Wallau

Marcelo Wallau

Assistant Professor - Forage Extension Specialist

Department: Agronomy (GNV)

mwallau@ufl.edu

forage management, grazing, diffusion and implementation of technology

Catalin Voiniciuc

Catalin Voiniciuc

Associate Professor

Department: Horticulture Sciences

cvoiniciuc@ufl.edu

Plant Synthetic Biology, Cell Wall Polysaccharides

Jianping Wang

Jianping Wang

Associate Professor - Genomics

Department: Agronomy

wangjp@ufl.edu

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

Xin Zhao

Xin Zhao

Lecturer

Department: Horticulture Sciences

zxin@ufl.edu

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