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Dr. Gerardo Nunez
Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor
|Office:||1113 Fifield Hall|
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!
- 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.
- Ph.D. - Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida (2015)
- B.S. - Biology, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2010)
- 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.
- 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. 2016. Towards marker assisted breeding for root architecture traits in southern highbush blueberry. JASHS 141(5):414-424.
- Nunez, G. H., C. L. Harmon, J. W. Olmstead, and R. L. Darnell. 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. 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)