Horticultural Sciences

Dr. Gerardo Nunez

Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor

Mailing Address:
Fifield Hall
2550 Hull Road
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, Florida 32611

Office: 1113 Fifield Hall
Phone: (352) 273-4765
E-mail: g.nunez@ufl.edu

Hello and welcome to my faculty page! I am Gerardo Nunez and I am a Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. I am an educator, a scientist, and a horticulturist. I am interested in developing and teaching engaging, hands-on undergraduate courses that prepare students to succeed in the horticulture industry or in graduate school. Additionally, I am interested in facilitating collegiate out-of-the-classroom activities that allow students to learn by doing and learn from peers. In this page, you will find information about my current teaching, advising, and research activities.

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  • Areas of Research
    • Undergraduate education and research
    • Root physiology of woody plants
    • Plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere
    • Plant nutrition and soil adaptation
  • Teaching Responsibilities
    • HOS 3222C - Greenhouse and Protected Crop Production
    • HOS 3430C - Nutrition of Horticultural Crops
    • HOS 4911- Horticultural Sciences Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)
    • HOS 4932 - Plant Behavior
  • Educational Background
    • Ph.D. - Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida (2015)
    • B.S. - Biology, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2010)

Selected Publications

AuthorsYearTitle / DescriptionPublication
Nunez, G. H., C. L. Harmon, J. W. Olmstead, and R. L. Darnell 2016 Root-level inoculation with iron-reducing microorganisms does not enhance iron uptake by southern highbush blueberry plants Rhizosphere 2:24-33.
Nunez, G. H., J. W. Olmstead, and R. L. Darnell 2016 Towards marker assisted breeding for root architecture traits in southern highbush blueberry. JASHS 141(5):414-424.
Nunez, G. H., A. P. Kovaleski, B. Casamali, and R. L. Darnell 2016 Can science and genetics literacy affect student perception of genetically modified organisms?. AgBioForum 19(1):5.
Nunez, G. H., J. W. Olmstead, and R. L. Darnell 2015 Rhizosphere acidification is not part of the strategy I iron deficiency response of Vaccinium arboreum and the southern highbush blueberry. HortScience 50(7):1064-1069.
Nunez, G. H., A. P. Kovaleski, and R. L. Darnell 2014 Formal education can affect students’ perception of organic produce. HortTechnology 24(1):64-70.