Jim Affolter teaches HORT 3440 Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants.
David Berle has a life-long interest in organic agriculture. He teaches several courses, including HORT 3300E Organic Gardening and HORT 3920 UGArden Farm Internship. He serves as director of UGArden, a student-run community farm. He is also the advisor to the UGArden student organization. He currently serves as coordinator for the certificate.
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. He teaches HORT 3010 Introduction to Vegetable Crops.
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. He teaches FISH 4550 Sustainable Aquaculture.
His 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.
Benjamin Campbell, Assistant Professor
Agricultural and Applied Economics
0314a Conner Hall,147 Cedar St.
Athens, GA 30602
Dr. Coolong works with organic vegetable growers in Georgia. His responsibilities cover horticultural aspects of the production all commercially grown vegetable crops. He has an extension, teaching 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’s vegetable growers. He is the instructor for the capstone HORT 4125/6125 Organic Agricultural Systems course as well as HORT 3200 Protected and Controlled Environment Horticulture.
Dory Franklin is a soil scientist working toward the development of more sustainable farming systems, healthy soil and clean water. Over the last 20 years her participatory research in grass and crop systems has been focused on retaining and recycling nutrients in the soil with management practices for better farm success. Recently she has further focused on bio-management at several scales to improve plant nutrient density and quality. She and her graduate students are exploring management practices such as strategic placement of farming equipage and farm inputs to lure cattle to fertilize nutrient poor portions of the pasture as well as adding bio-inoculates to improve compost carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus ratios and plant availability of nutrients in manures. She teaches CRSS 4010/6010 Principals of Sustainable Management from an agroecological perspective and with an understanding of soil biology and morphology, nutrient balances and reduction of agricultural wastes.
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 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..
Dr. Little has a 30% teaching/70% extension appointment in the Department of Plant Pathology. Her teaching responsibilities include PATH 3530 Introductory Plant Pathology and the plant disease management section in HORT 3300 Organic Gardening. 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.
Cecilia is interested in breeding vegetable crops with useful traits for organic production. Traits of particular interest are disease resistance and weed tolerance. She teaches HORT 4010/6010 Plant Breeding.
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. Jenn teaches CRSS 4020S/6020S Social Sustainability in Agricultural and Food Systems.