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 (Vegetable production)
Horticulture

Fruit/Nut Crops


Dario Chavez Associate Professor; Areas of Interest: Peaches
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Rachel Itle Assistant Research Scientist; Area of Interest: Fruit Production and Genetics
Horticulture
Lenny Wells Professor; Areas of Interest: Pecans
Horticulture

Vegetables


Timothy Coolong Professor (Vegetable production)
Horticulture
Angelos Deltsidis Assistant Professor; Area of Interest: Postharvest Physiology
Horticulture

Ornamentals


David Berle Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator (Urban & small farm organics, medicinal herbs)
Horticulture
Mark Czarnota Associate Professor; Areas of Interest: Weed science
Horticulture
Bodie V. Pennisi Professor; Areas of Interest: Commercial landscape
Horticulture
John M. Ruter Allan M. Armitage Professor and Director, Trial Gardens at UGA; Areas of Interest: Ornamental Breeding and Production
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Ping Yu Assistant Professor, GGIA & CANR Faculty Liaison (Ornamentals in nursery & greenhouse production)
Horticulture

Master Gardener and Consumer Horticulture Programs


Sheri Dorn Public Service Associate and State Master Gardener Coordinator; Area: Consumer Ornamentals
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