Extension Faculty

Extension faculty within the Department of Horticulture work in Athens, Tifton and Griffin. Faculty are located at these sites to be in close proximity to the industries and commodity groups with which they work.


Extension Coordinator

Bob Westerfield Senior Public Service Associate; Areas of Interest: Consumer fruits and vegetables
Horticulture

Fruit/Nut Crops

Dario Chavez Assistant Professor; Areas of Interest: Peaches
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Cain Hickey Assistant Professor; Area of Interest: Viticulture
Horticulture
Rachel Itle Assistant Research Scientist; Area of Interest: Fruit Production and Genetics
Horticulture
D. Scott NeSmith Professor; Areas of Interest: Blueberries
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Erick Smith Assistant Professor; Areas of Interest: Pomology
Horticulture
Lenny Wells Associate Professor; Areas of Interest: Pecans
Horticulture

Vegetable Crops

Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva Assistant Professor; Area of Interest: Vegetables
Horticulture
George E. Boyhan Professor; Areas of Interest: Vegetables
Horticulture

Ornamentals

David Christian Berle Associate Professor; Areas of Interest: Sustainable food systems, landscape design
Horticulture
Matthew Chappell Associate Professor; Areas of Interest: Nursery production
Horticulture
Mark Czarnota Associate Professor; Areas of Interest: Weed science
Horticulture
Bodie V. Pennisi Professor; Areas of Interest: Commercial landscape
Horticulture
John M. Ruter Professor and UGA Trial Gardens Director; Areas of Interest: Ornamentals
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)

Master Gardener and Consumer Horticulture Programs

Sheri T. Dorn Public Service Assistant and State Master Gardener Coordinator; Area: Consumer Ornamentals; PhD Graduate Research Assistant
Horticulture
Bob Westerfield Senior Public Service Associate; Areas of Interest: Consumer fruits and vegetables
Horticulture

From other institutions

Dr. Tom Kon

  • Assistant Professor - Fruit Crops
  • 80% Research; 20% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: Apples

 

Dr. David Lockwood

  • Extension Horticulturist - Fruit Crops
  • 25% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: Apple production, wine grape production and Peach production (shared position with Tennessee and South Carolina)

 

Wayne Mitchem

  • Extension Horticulturist - Fruit Crops
  • 25% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: Orchard floor weed management; apples, peaches, pecans, grapes