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

Timothy Coolong Professor & SARE State Coordinator; Emphasis: Vegetable production
Horticulture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - Southern Region

Fruit/Nut Crops


Dario Chavez Associate Professor; Emphasis: Peach physiology & breeding
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Rachel Itle Assistant Research Scientist; Emphasis: Fruit production & genetics
Horticulture
Lenny Wells Professor & Pecan Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Pecans
Horticulture

Vegetables


Timothy Coolong Professor & SARE State Coordinator; Emphasis: Vegetable production
Horticulture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - Southern Region
Angelos Deltsidis Assistant Professor & Post-harvest Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Post-harvest fruit & vegetables physiology
Horticulture

Ornamentals


David Berle Associate Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator; Emphasis: Urban & small farm organics, medicinal herbs
Horticulture
Mark Czarnota Associate Professor; Emphasis: Weed science & christmas trees
Horticulture
Bodie V. Pennisi Professor; Emphasis: Commercial & sustainable landscape; pollinators
Horticulture
John M. Ruter Allan M. Armitage Professor & UGA Trial Gardens Director; Emphasis: Ornamental breeding & production
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Ping Yu Assistant Professor, Ornamental Extension Specialist, GGIA & CANR Faculty Liaison; Emphasis: Nursery & greenhouse production
Horticulture

Master Gardener and Consumer Horticulture Programs


Sheri Dorn Senior Public Service Associate & State Master Gardener Coordinator; Emphasis: Consumer ornamentals
Horticulture
Bob Westerfield Senior Public Service Associate; Emphasis: Consumer fruits & 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