Seminar Series

Please join us for our Spring 2022 Seminar Series which supports our graduate student research program. Our students fill much of our schedule with research proposals and exit seminars. The Horticulture seminar committee strives to support professional development with academic and industry guest speakers.

Our Spring 2022 seminars are scheduled each Wednesday beginning on January 19th from 3pm – 4pm. You can join us each week by connecting in via zoom or attend in-person at the Athens and Griffin campuses. For in-person attendance please meet at 2102 Miller Plant Science (Athens) or 111 Student Learning Center (Griffin). A location will be announced soon for our two scheduled Tifton presentations. To get on our weekly email list for seminar reminders or to obtain the seminar zoom link, please email

Download printable Spring 2022 Seminar schedule.

January 19

“Hedge-Pruning of Pecan in the Southeastern U.S.”
Guest speaker: Dr. Lenny Wells, Professor, UGA CAES Department of Horticulture (presenting from Athens)

Please Note Different Date and Time:

Monday, January 24 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Please connect via Zoom from Griffin and Tifton

“Agricultural and Bio-Engineering at UPV (Valencia-Spain)”
Guest speakers: Dr. Alberto San Bautista, Dean, and Dr. Constanza Rubio, Professor, School of Agricultural Engineering and Environment, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

February 2

"Ecologically Integrated Pecan Production Systems for the Southeastern United States"
Hunter Slade (M.S. Exit-Tifton)

February 9

“Breeding Pycnanthemum for Landscape-use and Pollinator Support”
Kaitlin Swiantke (MS Proposal-Athens)
“Multispectral Imaging and Early Detection of Plant Stresses”
Kahlin Wacker (MS Proposal-Athens)

February 16

“Quantitative Analysis and 3D Reconstruction of Peach Tree Architecture”
Jordan Knapp-Wilson (PhD Proposal-Griffin)
“Optimizing LED Lighting Using Chlorophyll Fluorescence-based Biofeedback”
Suyun Nam (PhD Proposal-Athens)

February 23

“Exploring Nanocellulose as an Active Freeze Protection Strategy in Peaches”
Deanna Bigio (MS Proposal-Griffin)
“Investigating Physiological Basis of Blossom-end Rot and Fine Mapping of BER-associated Locus 3.1 in Tomato”
Ranveer Singh (PhD Proposal-Athens)

March 2

“Regulation of AQUAPORINS and Effects of Methyl Jasmonate on Postharvest Fruit Quality in Blueberry”
Mark Whatley (MS Proposal-Athens)
“Using Supplemental Light to Reduce Costs and Improve Crop Productivity”
Andres Mayorga (PhD Proposal-Athens)

March 16

“Evaluation of Reflective Groundcovers in Apple and Wine Grape”
Ashley Hoppers (PhD Proposal-Athens)
“Nanocellulose as a Novel Freeze Protection Strategy in Blueberry”
Hannah Elliott (MS Proposal-Griffin)

March 23

“Seed Your Future, Promoting Careers in Horticulture”
Guest speaker: Jazmin Albarran, Executive Director of Seed Your Future (presenting from Athens)

March 30

“Evaluation of Bud Break Delay through Advanced Pruning Techniques in Winegrapes (Vitis vinifera L. and Vitis spp.)”
Jack Bobo (MS Exit-Athens)
“Studying the Impact of Ozone on the Postharvest Quality of Fresh Peaches”
Orestis Giannopoulos (MS Proposal-Tifton)

April 6

“Investigating N-Source Preference in Southern Highbush Blueberry”
John Doyle (MS Exit-Athens)

April 13

“Somatic Embryogenesis of Rare and Threatened Forest Tree Species”
Nicole Locke (MS Exit-Athens)

April 20

No seminar scheduled.

April 27

“What’s New at the State Botanical Garden? (a lot!)”
Guest speaker: Dr. Jim Affolter, Professor, UGA CAES Department of Horticulture (presenting from Athens)

May 4

No seminar scheduled.