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Extension Faculty

Extension faculty within the Department of Horticulture work in Athens, Tifton and Griffin. Faculty are located at these sites to be in close proximity to the industries and commodity groups with which they work.


Extension Coordinator
Bob WesterfieldSenior Public Service Associate; Areas of Interest: Consumer fruits and vegetables

Fruit/Nut Crops

Dario Chavez

  • Extension Horticulturist - Fruit Crops
  • 75% Research; 25% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: Peach production

Dr. David Lockwood

  • Extension Horticulturist - Fruit Crops
  • 25% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: Apple production, wine grape production and Peach production (shared position with Tennessee and South Carolina)

Wayne Mitchem

  • Extension Horticulturist - Fruit Crops
  • 25% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: Orchard floor weed management; apples, peaches, pecans, grapes

Dr. Scott NeSmith

  • Extension Horticulturist-Fruit Crops
  • 90% Research; 10% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: Cultivar development, cultural management, whole plant physiology, and growth regulator use on blueberries

Dr. Erick Smith

 

Dr. Lenny Wells

  • Extension Horticulturist - Pecans
  • 35% Research;    65% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: Pecan Production

Vegetable Crops

Dr. George Boyhan

  • Extension Horticulturist - Vegetables
  • 72% Extension; 28% Research
  • Commodity Assignment: Onions, squash, cucumbers, watermelons, cantaloupes

Ornamentals

David Berle

  • Extension Horticulturist - Landscape Design
  • 14% Extension; 86% Teaching
  • Commodity Assignment: Residential landscape design

Dr. Matthew Chappell

  • Extension Horticulturist - Ornamentals
  • 85% Extension, 15% Teaching
  • Commodity Assignment: Nursery Production

Dr. Mark Czarnota

  • Extension Weed Science - Ornamentals
  • 75% Extension; 25% Research
  • Commodity Assignment: Weed control in nurseries, greenhouses, landscapes and Christmas trees

Dr. Svoboda (Bodie) Pennisi

  • Extension Horticulturist – Landscape Ornamentals
  • 88% Extension; 12% Teaching
  • Commodity Assignment: Commercial landscape management

Dr. John Ruter

  • Extension Horticulturist - Nursery Crops
  • 60% Research; 30% Teaching; 10% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: Container and field nursery production; cultivar evaluation
  • Dr. Paul A. Thomas
  • Extension Horticulturist - Floriculture
  • 51% Extension; 49% Teaching
  • Commodity Assignment: Commercial floriculture production
     

Master Gardener & Consumer Horticulture Programs

Sheri Dorn

  • Extension Horticulturist – Master Gardener Program & Consumer Horticulture
  • 100% Extension
  • Commodity Assignment: State Master Gardener Program Coordinator; Consumer Horticulture – ornamentals

Bob Westerfield

  • Extension Consumer Horticulturist; Extension Coordinator
  • 77% Extension; 28% Administration
  • Commodity Assignment: Consumer Horticulture – vegetables & fruit