University of Florida

Collaborators

Our collaborators include university and industry colleagues who are undertaking research on water treatment and management.

Dr Sarah White
Sarah White
WateR3 Project Director
School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences
Clemson University
E-143 Poole Agricultural Center, PO Box 340319
Clemson, SC 29634
Tel. (864) 656-7433
http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/safes/faculty_staff/white.html
Sarah White will evaluate remediation technologies targeting nutrient and pathogen contaminants.
Dr Paul Fisher
Paul Fisher
Alliance Director and WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Environmental Horticulture Department
University of Florida
2549 Fifield Hall, PO Box 110670
Gainesville FL 32611-0670
Tel. 352 273 4581
Fax. 352 392 3870
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/fisher.html
Paul Fisher leads outreach efforts for WateR3 and the Water Education Alliance for Horticulture, and undertaking research on filtration and chemical remediation.
Dr Bridget Behe
Bridget Behe
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Dept. of Horticulture
Michigan State University
1066 Bogue St.
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
Tel. (517) 355-5191 x 1346
http://www.hrt.msu.edu/bridget-behe
Bridget Behe will conduct consumer research to better understand how plant consumers will react to marketing and merchandising that includes information about a plant’s water use in production and in the landscape.
Dr Bert Cregg
Bert Cregg
WateR3 Co-Prinicipal Investigator
Dept. of Horticulture
Michigan State University
A214 Plant & Soil Sciences Building
East Lansing MI 48824-1325
Tel. (517) 355-5191 x 1335
http://www.hrt.msu.edu/bert-cregg/
Bert Cregg is investigating the effects of recycled and remediated water on plant growth, quality and physiology.
Dr Thomas Fernandez
Thomas Fernandez
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Horticulture
Michigan State University
A216 Plant & Soil Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
Tel. (517) 355-5191 x 1336
http://www.hrt.msu.edu/tom-fernandez/
Thomas Fernandez will develop a model to manage nutrient and pathogen loads in irrigation runoff, and evaluate water treatment technologies.
Dr Laurie Fox
Laurie Fox
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Virginia Tech
1444 Diamond Springs Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23455-3315
Tel. (757) 363-3807
http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/hampton-roads/people/fox/fox-bio.html
Laurie Fox will assist with coordinating and overseeing the floating Treatment Wetland research in Virginia.
Dr Charlie Hall
Charlie Hall
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University
2133 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2133
Tel. (979) 458-3277
http://hortsciences.tamu.edu/people/faculty-2/charlie-hall/
Charlie Hall will focus on the economic analysis of water management strategies and assess the economics of developed models.
Dr Darren Haver
Darren Haver
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
South Coast Research & Extension Center
University of California
7601 Irvine Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92618
Tel. (949) 653-1814
http://ucanr.edu/?facultyid=954
Darren Haver will manage the collection of water samples in Southern California, and assist in developing and delivering workshops.
Dr Daniel Hitchcock
Daniel Hitchcock
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences
Clemson University
P.O. Box 596
Georgetown, SC 29442-0596
Tel. (843) 546-1013 x 236
http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/safes/faculty_staff/hitchcock.html
Dan Hitchcock leads the nursery operation modeling and water management system simulation team.
Dr Dewayne Ingram
Dewayne Ingram
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Horticulture
University of Kentucky
N-308F Agri. Science Center
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Tel. (859) 257-8903
http://www.uky.edu/hort/people/dewayne-ingram
Dewayne Ingram specializes in water footprint and carbon footprint of water for the model production system components using life cycle assessment.
Dr Saurav Kumar
Saurav Kumar
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Virginia Tech
Tel. (703) 361-5606 x 137
Saurav Kumar will assist in development and deployment of the online decision support tool to aid growers of containerized crop production systems and also assist in implementing the data management plan for the project.
Dr Alexa Lamm
Alexa Lamm
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
University of Florida
121F Bryant Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel. (352) 392-6545
http://aec.ifas.ufl.edu/contact/faculty/alexa-lamm.shtml
Alexa Lamm will be using social science research techniques to identify specific factors that influence growers’ decision making, which will guide Extension materials development.
Dr John Lea-Cox
John Lea-Cox
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland
2120 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
Tel. (301) 405-4323
http://www.psla.umd.edu/people/dr-john-lea-cox
John Lea-Cox will focus on water and nutrient management to reduce contaminant loading into recycled water systems.
Dr Lorence Oki
Lorence Oki
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Plant Sciences
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue 1110 Env Hort
Davis, CA 95616-8587
Tel. (530) 754-4135
http://lroki.ucdavis.edu/
Lorence Oki studies irrigation and runoff management in nurseries, and effect of water quality on plant growth.
Dr Jim Owen
Jim Owen
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Horticulture
Virginia Tech
1444 Diamond Springs Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Tel. (757) 363-3904
http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/hampton-roads/people/owen/jim-owen.html
Jim Owen will evaluate treatment technologies for remediation of total suspended solids and mineral nutrients under controlled conditions and in commercial ornamental nurseries.
Dr Jennifer Parke
Jennifer Parke
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Tel. (541) 737-8170
http://bpp.oregonstate.edu/parke
Jennifer Parke conducts research on management of Phytophthora spp. in nurseries.
Dr Andrew Ristvey
Andrew Ristvey
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland
124 Wye Narrows Drive
Queenstown, MD 21658-0169
Tel. (410) 827-8056 x 113
http://www.agnr.umd.edu/directory/Bio.cfm?ID=aristvey
Andrew Ristvey research focus is water and nutrient management in production of container-grown ornamentals.
Dr David Sample
David Sample
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Biological Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech
1444 Diamond Springs Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Tel. (757) 363-3835
http://www.bse.vt.edu/people/tenure-track/sample-david.html
David Sample will assist in the development of a decision support tool to manage nutrient, carbon, water, and monetary flows in nurseries and conduct a research study on the effectiveness of floating wetlands for treatment of nursery runoff.
Dr Cassandra Swett
Cassandra Swett
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland
2106 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742-4452
Tel. (301) 405-5586
http://www.psla.umd.edu/people/dr-cassandra-swett
Cassandra Swett will focus on management of latent Phytophthora infections in nursery stock through microsensor-mediated irrigation.
Dr Laura Warner
Laura Warner
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
University of Florida
117 Bryant Hall, PO Box 112060
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel. (352) 273-0202
http://aec.ifas.ufl.edu/contact/faculty/laura_warner.shtml
Laura Warner, sociology team, will conduct grower perceptions research that will guide Extension materials development.
Dr P. Christopher Wilson
P. Christopher Wilson
WateR3 Co-Principal Investigator
Soil and Water Science Department
University of Florida
2181 McCarty Hall A, PO BOX 110290
Gainesville, FL 32611-0290
Tel. (352) 294-3151
http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/personnel/wilson.shtml
Chris Wilson will evaluate the efficacy of using a treatment train bioreactor system to manipulate oxidation-reduction potentials to target removal of both nitrogen and phosphorus from production runoff.
Dr Bruce MacKay
Bruce MacKay
Internet education leadership
thomasBaine Ltd
Palmerston North
New Zealand
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Bruce provides leadership on internet delivery of water education, and develops innovative tools such as case studies that will make the Alliance website an effective and interactive resource.
Dr. Rosa E Raudales
Rosa E Raudales
Alliance Contributer
Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd.
Storrs,CT 06269
Tel. 860 486 6043
Email Email
Rosa is interested in improving water management in the green industry, specially in closed irrigation systems.
Dr Phil Harmon
Phil Harmon
Alliance Contributer
Plant Pathology
University of Florida
Tel. (352) 392-3631 x 340
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Phil is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, where his research and extension programs focus on turfgrass and ornamental plant pathology. Phil provides expertise on the biology of pathogens found in greenhouse water, helping to author the Alliance's article on pathogen biology in GMPro.
Dr Youbin Zheng
Youbin Zheng
Alliance Contributer
Department of Environmental Biology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
Canada
Tel. 519- 824-4120 Ext. 52741
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An Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph (Canada), Youbin conducts research on many aspects of greenhouse production, including water disinfestation technologies. Youbin will be an author on several of the Alliance's articles in GMPro magazine.
Dr Chuanxue Hong
Chuanxue Hong
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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http://www.ppws.vt.edu/people/faculty/chhong2/
Dr. Hong's research program focuses on biology and management of plant pathogens in irrigation water. He has lent his expertise to the Alliance's GMPro articles on chlorination, and his knowledge of Pythium and Phythopthora is an asset to the group.
Dr Rob Wick
Rob Wick
Alliance Contributer
Tel. 413-545-1045
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Rob is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts where he supervises the diagnostic laboratory. With a research focus on plant bacterial and fungal diseases, Rob provides expertise in understanding the biology of pathogens found in irrigation water. He has helped author Alliance articles in GMPro magazine.
Dr Bill Argo
Bill Argo
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Bill is a Technical Manager at Blackmore with an interest in plant nutrition, media, and water. Bill helped author the Alliance's first article in GMPro magazine, and is helping to coordinate upcoming Alliance workshops in the northeast.
Rick Yates
Rick Yates
Alliance Contributer
Technical Support Manager
Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery Supplies
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Rick is the Technical Support Manager at Griffin Greenhouse and Nursery Supplies. He has been very generous in providing his expertise on chlorine dioxide to the Alliance, helping us both in the planning of workshops and the preparation of articles for GMPro.
Maria del Pilar Paz
Maria del Pilar Paz
WateR3 Research Assistant
Environmental Horticulture Department
University of Florida
1533 Fifield Hall, PO Box 110670
Gainesville, FL 32611-0670
Tel. (352) 273-4522
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Maria Paz will evaluate water treatment technologies to quantify contaminant removal efficacy, and aid with extension activities including this website.