Faculty


Department Head


Leonardo Lombardini
Leonardo Lombardini Professor and Head, Department of Horticulture
Horticulture

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Athens Faculty


David Berle
David Berle Associate Professor-retired rehire; Emphasis: Urban & small farm organics, medicinal herbs
Horticulture
Julie Campbell
Julie Campbell Assistant Professor; Emphasis: Consumer horticulture & consumer behavior
Horticulture
Kate Cassity-Duffey
Kate Cassity-Duffey Assistant Professor; Emphasis: Organic production
Horticulture
Timothy Coolong
Timothy Coolong Professor, Extension Specialist, SARE State Coordinator; Emphasis: Vegetable production
Horticulture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - Southern Region
Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi
Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi Associate Professor; Emphasis: Controlled environment horticulture
Horticulture Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture
Sarah Lowder
Sarah Lowder Assistant Professor, Viticulture Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Viticulture
Horticulture
Anish Malladi
Anish Malladi Professor; Emphasis: Pomology, fruit growth & developmental physiology
Horticulture
Cecilia E. McGregor
Cecilia E. McGregor Professor; Emphasis: Cucurbit breeding, genetics & genomics
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Savithri Nambeesan
Savithri Nambeesan Associate Research Scientist; Emphasis: Ripening & post-harvest physiology
Horticulture
John M. Ruter
John M. Ruter Allan M. Armitage Professor & UGA Trial Gardens Director; Emphasis: Ornamental breeding & production
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Esther van der Knaap
Esther van der Knaap Professor; Emphasis: Tomatoes, plant development, genetics & genomics
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Dayton Wilde
Dayton Wilde Professor; Emphasis: Molecular genetics of ornamental plants
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Donglin Zhang
Donglin Zhang Professor; Emphasis: Ornamental breeding
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)

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Griffin Faculty


Dario Chavez
Dario Chavez Associate Professor
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG) Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture
Mark Czarnota
Mark Czarnota Associate Professor
Horticulture
Sheri Dorn
Sheri Dorn Senior Public Service Associate & State Master Gardener Coordinator
Horticulture
Rachel Itle
Rachel Itle Assistant Research Scientist; Emphasis: Fruit production & genetics
Horticulture
Andrew Ogden
Andrew Ogden Assistant Professor
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Bodie V. Pennisi
Bodie V. Pennisi Vincent J. Dooley Professorship in Horticulture; Emphasis: Commercial & sustainable landscape; pollinators
Horticulture
Carol Robacker
Carol Robacker Associate Professor & Griffin REI Coordinator
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Bob Westerfield
Bob Westerfield Senior Public Service Associate
Horticulture
Ping Yu
Ping Yu Assistant Professor; Ornamental Extension Specialist; GGIA & CANR Faculty Liaison
Horticulture

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Tifton Faculty


Akshaya Biswal
Akshaya Biswal Assistant Research Scientist; Emphasis: Peanut Genetics, Breeding, Genomics, Genetic Engineering & Genome Editing
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Ye (Juliet) Chu
Ye (Juliet) Chu Assistant Professor, Emphasis: Blueberry breeding
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Joann Conner
Joann Conner Associate Research Scientist; Emphasis: Apomixis, plant reproduction
Horticulture National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Patrick J. Conner
Patrick J. Conner Professor & Tifton REI Coordinator; Emphasis: Pecan & muscadine breeding
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Angelos Deltsidis
Angelos Deltsidis Assistant Professor & Post-harvest Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Post-harvest fruit & vegetables physiology
Horticulture
Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez
Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez Professor; Emphasis: Vegetable production (conventional, organic & sustainable); plasticulture; environmental physiology
Horticulture Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture
Ted McAvoy
Ted McAvoy Assistant Professor & Vegetable Production Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Vegetable production
Horticulture
Amol Nankar
Amol Nankar Assistant Professor; Emphasis: vegetable breeding
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Peggy Ozias-Akins
Peggy Ozias-Akins Distinguished Research Professor; Emphasis: Molecular genetics of plant development, peanuts
Horticulture National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Luan Oliveira
Luan Oliveira Assistant Professor and Precision Ag Extension Specialist
Horticulture Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture
Zilfina Rubio Ames
Zilfina Rubio Ames Assistant Professor and Small Fruit Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Blueberry, small fruits
Horticulture
Lenny Wells
Lenny Wells Professor & Pecan Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Pecans
Horticulture

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Adjunct Faculty


Tom Kon
Tom Kon Adjunct Assistant Professor
Horticulture
Scott Merkle
Scott Merkle Adjunct Professor of Horticulture
Horticulture
Cristina Pisani
Cristina Pisani Adjunct Assistant Professor
Horticulture

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Off Campus Faculty


Wayne E. Mitchem

Extension Associate; Areas of Interest: Regional Orchard and  Vineyard Floor Vegetation Management Specialist
wayne_mitchem@ncsu.edu
828-684-3562


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Emeritus Faculty


Jim M. Affolter
Jim M. Affolter Professor Emeritus; Emphasis: Plant conservation & native plant production
Horticulture
Allan M. Armitage
Allan M. Armitage Professor Emeritus
Horticulture
Michael A. Dirr
Michael A. Dirr Professor Emeritus
Horticulture
Stanley J. Kays
Stanley J. Kays Professor Emeritus
Horticulture
David A. Knauft
David A. Knauft Professor Emeritus
Horticulture
Gerard W. Krewer
Gerard W. Krewer Professor Emeritus, Emphasis: Extension Fruit Crops
Horticulture
Wayne J. McLaurin
Wayne J. McLaurin Professor Emeritus, Emphasis: Extension Vegetables
Horticulture
Harry A. Mills
Harry A. Mills Professor Emeritus
Horticulture
Scott NeSmith
Scott NeSmith Professor Emeritus
Horticulture
Albert C. Purvis
Albert C. Purvis Professor Emeritus
Horticulture
Tim Smalley
Tim Smalley Professor Emeritus; Emphasis: Landscape, plant identification, historic gardens
Horticulture
Darrell Sparks
Darrell Sparks Professor Emeritus
Horticulture
Gary L. Wade
Gary L. Wade Professor Emeritus, Emphasis: Extension Horticulture
Horticulture
Hazel Y. Wetzstein
Hazel Y. Wetzstein Professor Emeritus
Horticulture

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