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Dr. Gerardo Nunez

Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor


 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 abut my current

teaching, advising, and research activities.

Thanks for visiting and do not hesitate to contact me!


Teaching Responsibilities

  • HOS 3222C - Greenhouse and Protected Crop Production (syllabus)
  • HOS 3430C - Nutrition of Horticultural Crops (syllabus)
  • HOS 4911- Horticultural Sciences Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) (syllabus)
  • HOS 4932 - Plant Behavior (syllabus)

Areas of Interest and Specialization

  • Undergraduate education and research
  • Root physiology of woody plants
  • Plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere
  • Plant nutrition and soil adaptation

I am actively seeking undergraduate students who are interested in conducting supervised research related to these topics. Undergraduate research is an excellent way to immerse yourself in your discipline, stand out in professional and graduate school admissions, and create a professional network. If you have an exciting research idea, or would like to hear some of mine, don't hesitate to contact me. 


Educational Background

  • Ph.D. - Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida (2015)
  • B.S. - Biology, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2010)


Selected Publications  

  • Nunez, G. H., J. M. Davis, J. W. Olmstead, and R. L. Darnell. Substrate, proximity to the roots, and plant genotype affect the bacterial and fungal rhizosphere microbiomes of Vaccinium spp. (in preparation)
  • Paya-Milans, M., G. H. Nunez, T.A. Rinehart, J. W. Olmstead, and M. Staton. Transcriptional analysis suggests Vaccinium arboreum exhibits greater tolerance to high soil pH than Vaccinium corymbosum. BMC Genomics (submitted)