Faculty

James Affolter
Professor
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 South Milledge Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30605
Phone: 706-542-6144
E-mail: affolter@uga.edu


Doug Bailey
Professor and Head
Department of Horticulture
1111 Miller Plant Science Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7273
Phone: 706-542-2471
Fax: 706-542-0624
E-mail: dabailey@uga.edu


Dr. Bailey teaches the required seminar course, HORT 4096.


David Berle
Associate Professor
Horticuture
1111 Plant Science Bldg.
Univ. of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7273
Phone: 706-542-0781
Fax: 706-542-0624
E-mail: dberle@uga.edu


David Berle has a life-long interest in organic agriculture. He teaches several courses, including HORT 3300 Organic Gardening and HORT 4070 UGArden Farm internship. He serves as director of UGArden (http://ugarden.uga.edu), a student run farm. He is also the advisor to the UGArden student organization.


Joshua Berning
Assistant Professor
Conner Hall
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30677
Phone: 706-542-0768
E-mail: jberning@uga.edu


George Boyhan
Professor and Extension Vegetable Specialist
Horticulture
University of Georgia
1111 Miller Plant Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602-7273
Phone: 706-542-2471
Fax: 706-542-0624
E-mail: gboyhan@uga.edu


Dr. Boyhan had worked for many years in southeastern Georgia in the heart of Vidalia onion production region. His work was primarily on onion variety, cultural, and fertility evaluations. He also conducted work on organic Vidalia onion production. Recently Dr. Boyhan was transferred to the main campus in Athens where the focus of his program has changed to sustainable vegetable production and breeding. He has research, extension, and teaching responsibilities. He teaches undergraduate Introduction to Vegetables and graduate courses Scientific Method and Horticulture Research & Design, Analysis, and Interpretation of Horticultural Data.


Robert Bringolf, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2152
706-542-1477
bringo@uga.edu

Robert Bringolf is an associate professor of fish biology and ecotoxicology and has a passion for environmental stewardship. His courses include Sustainable Aquaculture, Fish Physiology, and Ecotoxicology. His primary research efforts examine the effects of aquatic contaminants on fish and freshwater mussels. Outreach and service learning activities have included work with local K-12 schools to implement aquaponics into STEM curricula. Undergraduate and graduate students have assisted teachers and students with construction and maintenance of aquaponics systems, provided teacher training, and helped develop aquaponics-based lessons for a variety of classes.


Miguel L. Cabrera
Professor
Crop and Soil Sciences
4119 Miller Plant Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602-7272
Phone: (706) 542-1242
Fax: (706) 542-0914
E-mail: mcabrera@uga.edu


My research is focused on agronomic and environmental issues related to the application of animal manures (especially poultry litter, a mixture of poultry manure and bedding material) to cropland and pastureland as fertilizer. The application of poultry litter to land is currently the best way of recycling nutrients, but must be done in a way that protects the environment. When manures are not used properly, nutrients present in the manure can be transformed into forms that may contaminate air and waters. Some of our current projects with poultry litter evaluate the effect of management practices on nitrogen transformations and processes, such as nitrogen mineralization, ammonia volatilization, nitrification, denitrification, and transport of inorganic N in surface runoff. Research efforts are also dedicated to the evaluation of losses of phosphorus, hormones, and antibiotics in surface runoff from surface applications of broiler litter.


Tim Coolong
Associate Professor, Vegetable Production
Department of Horticulture, Tifton Campus
University of Georgia
2360 Rainwater Road
Tifton, GA 31793-5766
tcoolong@uga.edu

Dr. Coolong works with large scale commercial vegetable production in southern Georgia. His responsibilities cover horticultural aspects of the production all commercially grown vegetable crops. He has an extension and research appointment at the University of Georgia.  His main areas of research emphasis include variety evaluation, fertility, and water management of vegetable crops.  In previous research he has also looked at organic production systems for the management of insect-transmitted pathogens of cucurbits as well as organic production of peppers in minimum tillage systems.  Extension priorities include working with industry in developing new recommendations for Georgia‚Äôs vegetable growers.


Dorcas Franklin
Associate Professor, Sustainable Agriculture
Crop & Soil Sciences, Miller Plant Sciences Rm 3119
University of Georgia
Phone: (706) 542-2449
dfrankln@uga.edu


Julia Gaskin
Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator
3111 Miller Plant Sciences
Crop & Soil Science Dept.
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706 542 1401
Email: jgaskin@uga.edu

Julia Gaskin is a soil scientist who has worked for many years with practices that build soil quality. As an extension specialist, she has conducted applied research and programming on using organic fertility amendments including animal manures and composts. She has also developed and taught programs on reducing tillage as well as using cover crops and crop rotations to increase productivity and reduce the environmental impacts of farming. Her recent research has focused on the use of biochar in agricultural production and the effects of crop rotation on soil quality. As the Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator, she has garnered input from farmers and other stakeholders across Georgia on challenges they face with organic and sustainable production, and brought together groups to help address these needs.


L. Paul Guillebeau
Professor
Entomology
University of Georgia
413 Biological Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602-2603
Phone: (706) 542-9031
E-mail: bugman@uga.edu


Paul Guillebeau is a professor of entomology. His primary responsibilities revolve around pesticide education and pesticide risks. Organic production helps provide growers with additional pest management options that minimize pesticide risks. Many principles developed or revised in organic production could also be used by conventional growers to reduce their need for pesticides.


Dennis W. Hancock, PhD.
Assoc. Professor and State Extension Specialist - Forage Crops
3111 Miller Plant Sciences Bldg.
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-1529 (office)
706-542-0914 (fax)
E-mail: dhancock@uga.edu

Dennis Hancock works with county extension agents and pasture-based livestock producers to formulate pasture, hay, and silage management plans that help them reach their goals for profitability, environment stewardship, and quality of life. Additionally, Dr. Hancock is actively engaged in a number of applied research efforts, many of which involve on-farm trials. Forage management requires, by its nature, a systems approach, including attention to soil fertility, plant physiology and productivity, animal performance, and environmental impacts. So, he works closely with faculty in many allied disciplines.


Peter Hartel
Professor Emeritus
Crop and Soil Sciences
3111 Miller Plant Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602-7272
Phone: (706) 542-0898
Fax: (706) 542-0914
E-mail: pghartel@uga.edu

Peter Hartel was Professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences, and Georgia Power Professor of Environmental Ethics in University of Georgia's nationally known Environmental Ethics Certificate Program.  He retired from the University of Georgia in 2011, and he is now Professor Emeritus.  He continues to teach occasional classes in the CPOA.


David Knauft
Professor
Department of Horticulture
1111 Miller Plant Sciences Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7273
Phone: 706-542-2471
Fax: 706-542-0624
Email: dknauft@uga.edu


Dr. Knauft coordinates the Certificate Program, serves as a liaison for the internship requirement, advises students in the program, and shares information about the Program with potential participants.


Elizabeth L. Little
Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Pathology
Rm 3311, Miller Plant Sciences Bldg.
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-4774
Fax (706) 542-1262
Email: elittle@uga.edu

Dr. Little has a 30% teaching/70% extension appointment in the Department of Plant Pathology. Her teaching responsibilities include the plant disease management section in AESC3126/Fertility and Pest Management in Organic Agriculture. Her extension program involves the development and deployment of information on sustainable agricultural practices for the management of plant diseases/plant health in the Southeast, as well as promoting practices that reduce environmental impacts in the home landscape and garden.


Anish Malladi
Assistant Professor
Department of Horticulture
1121 Miller Plant Sciences
Athens, GA-30602-7273
Phone: 706-542-0783
Fax: 706-542-0624
Email: malladi@uga.edu


I teach the course, ‘Fertility and Pest Management in Organic Agriculture’ (HORT 3126). My research interests are in growth and developmental physiology of small fruit and tree fruit crops.


Cecilia McGregor
Assistant Professor
Department of Horticulture
1119 Miller Plant Sciences
Athens, GA-30602-7273
Phone: 706-542-0782
Fax: 706-542-0624
Email: cmcgre1@uga.edu


Cecilia is interested in breeding vegetable crops with useful traits for organic production. Traits of particular interest are disease resistance and weed tolerance.


Suzanne O'Connell
Assistant Professor
Horticulture
1111 Plant Science Bldg.
Univ. of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7273
Phone: 706-542-0786
Fax: 706-542-0624
E-mail: soco@uga.edu

Dr. O'Connell has a 50% teaching/50% research appointment in the Horticulture Dept. and is the instructor for the HORT 4125/6125 Organic Agricultural Systems course. Her research interests include organic vegetable production, high tunnel systems (unheated greenhouses) as well as nutrient cycling and soil quality improvements associated with cover cropping.


Casey W. Ritz, Ph.D.
Professor and Extension Poultry Scientist
The University of Georgia
306 Poultry Science Bldg
Athens, GA 30602
Voice: 706-542-9139
Fax: 706-542-8383
www.poultry.uga.edu
E-mail: critz@uga.edu


Harald Scherm
Professor
Plant Pathology
2311 Plant Sciences, 120 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-1258
Fax: (706) 542-1262
E-mail: scherm@uga.edu
http://www.plant.uga.edu/faculty/Scherm/index.html


In Georgia's warm and humid climate, plant diseases are a significant impediment to crop production in general and organic production inparticular. With this in mind, my research program here at the Universityfocuses on the integrated management of diseases of fruit crops such as peaches, blueberries, and grapes. As part of this effort, I am closely involved in an interdisciplinary project to develop and evaluate production and pest management practices for organic blueberries in the Southeast.


Jason M Schmidt PhD
Assistant Professor | Biocontrol lab
UGA Entomology | Coastal Plain Experimental Station
2360 Rainwater Rd, Tifton, GA 31793
Ph: (229) 386-7251 |Email: jschmid2@uga.edu
http://www.ent.uga.edu/personnel/Schmidt/index.html


Dr. Ashfaq Sial
Assistant Professor and IPM Coordinator
Department of Entomology, University of Georgia
413 Biological Sciences Building, Athens, GA 30602
706-542-1320(office) 706-713-2256(lab)
706-224-5377(cell)  706-542-2279(fax)
E-mail: ashsial@uga.edu

Area of interest is organic pest management in small fruits.


Jennifer Jo Thompson
Asst. Research Scientist
Dept of Crop & Soil Sciences
4121 Miller Plant Sciences
jjthomp@uga.edu

Jennifer Jo Thompson is a sociocultural anthropologist in UGA's Department of Crop & Soil Sciences. Her work focuses on public engagement with science and the opportunities and challenges of local food systems. She has several projects that examine farm-to-school programming from a wide range of perspectives: from the impact of school gardens on students' civic engagement with community food (in)security, to understanding the barriers to getting local foods into school cafeterias.


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