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Dr. Gerardo Nunez

Assistant Professor

Gerardo Nunez

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

Office: 1113 Fifield Hall
Phone: (352) 273-4765
Website: Nunez Lab

The Nunez Lab at the University of Florida is a creative space where students develop research, cultivation, and communication skills while performing rigorous scientific research in horticultural plant physiology and nutrition. We employ a combination of agricultural and biochemical approaches to answer agriculturally relevant questions about berry crops.

  • Areas of Research
    • Soilless cultivation of berry crops
    • Berry crop nutrition
    • Whole-plant physiology
    • High impact teaching practices in horticulture
  • Teaching Responsibilities
    • HOS 4304 / HOS 6932 – Horticultural Physiology
    • HOS 3430C / HOS 6412 – Nutrition of Horticultural Crops
    • HOS 4911 – Horticultural Sciences Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)
  • Educational Background
    • Ph.D. - Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida (2015)
    • B.S. - Biology, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2010)
  • Honors and Awards
    • Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award - College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, 2020
    • Outstanding Fruit Publication Award - American Society for Horticultural Science, 2016

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.