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Dr. Sandra Wilson

Professor / Environmental Horticulture

Sandy Wilson profile

Dr. Sandra Wilson is a Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida's main campus in Gainesville. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Clemson University. Dr. Wilson completed postdoctoral studies at both Clemson University and Chiba University, Japan.

Dr. Wilson teaches courses on Florida Native Landscaping, Plant Propagation, and Annual and Perennial Gardening. She has been recognized nationally for her scholarship in teaching and development of interactive online materials on plant propagation, plant family classification and greenhouse education. This includes honors such as the University of Florida (UF) CALS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award (2006), the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Career Award (2009), the UF Roche Professorship (2011), ;and the ASHS Graduate Educator Career Award (2018). Wilson holds Fellow distinction in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), the International Society of Plant Propagators (IPPS), and ASHS. Dr. Wilson's research focuses on (1) propagation and evaluation of native plants and (2) characterizing the invasive potential of ornamental plants in Florida. Her training and expertise encompass numerous aspects of plant production including techniques to overcome seed dormancy, evaluation of containerized media, optimizing plant growth under varying environmental conditions, and trialing of new plants in the landscape.

Dr. Wilson is very active in graduate student mentorship and advising. She takes a hands-on approach to their course scheduling, research advising, teaching involvement, publishing, grant writing, and career placement. Her teaching and research programs have are witnessed by authorship of more than 150 refereed publications and proceedings. In 2018, she has become the newest co-author of the 9th edition world standard textbook, Hartmann and Kester's Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices.

Dr. Sandra Wilson is a Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida's main campus in Gainesville. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Clemson University. Dr. Wilson completed postdoctoral studies at both Clemson University and Chiba University, Japan.

Dr. Wilson teaches courses on Florida Native Landscaping, Plant Propagation, and Annual and Perennial Gardening. She has been recognized nationally for her scholarship in teaching and development of interactive online materials on plant propagation, plant family classification and greenhouse education. This includes honors such as the University of Florida (UF) CALS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award (2006), the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Career Award (2009), the UF Roche Professorship (2011), ;and the ASHS Graduate Educator Career Award (2018). Wilson holds Fellow distinction in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), the International Society of Plant Propagators (IPPS), and ASHS. Dr. Wilson's research focuses on (1) propagation and evaluation of native plants and (2) characterizing the invasive potential of ornamental plants in Florida. Her training and expertise encompass numerous aspects of plant production including techniques to overcome seed dormancy, evaluation of containerized media, optimizing plant growth under varying environmental conditions, and trialing of new plants in the landscape.

Dr. Wilson is very active in graduate student mentorship and advising. She takes a hands-on approach to their course scheduling, research advising, teaching involvement, publishing, grant writing, and career placement. Her teaching and research programs have are witnessed by authorship of more than 150 refereed publications and proceedings. In 2018, she has become the newest co-author of the 9th edition world standard textbook, Hartmann and Kester's Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices.

  • RESEARCH
  • TEACHING

    Invasive ornamentals, Native propagation

    Dr. Sandra Wilson is a Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida's main campus in Gainesville. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Clemson University. Dr. Wilson completed postdoctoral studies at both Clemson University and Chiba University, Japan.

    Dr. Wilson teaches courses on Florida Native Landscaping, Plant Propagation, and Annual and Perennial Gardening. She has been recognized nationally for her scholarship in teaching and development of interactive online materials on plant propagation, plant family classification and greenhouse education. This includes honors such as The ASHS Outstanding Graduate Educator Award in 2018 and the International Plant Propagator’s Society Fellow Award in 2018.

    Dr. Wilson's research focuses on (1) propagation and evaluation of native plants and (2) characterizing the invasive potential of ornamental plants in Florida. Her training and expertise encompass numerous aspects of plant production including techniques to overcome seed dormancy, evaluation of containerized media, optimizing plant growth under varying environmental conditions, and trialing of new plants in the landscape.

    Throughout her career, Dr. Wilson has formally advised 42 graduate students. She takes a hands-on approach to their course scheduling, research advising, teaching involvement, publishing, grant writing, and career placement. Her teaching and research programs have generated millions of dollars in extramural grant funding and authorship of more than 140 refereed publications and proceedings. Recently, she has become the newest co-author of the 9th edition world standard textbook, Hartmann and Kester's Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices

    Courses Taught

    • ORH5817C Advance Florida Native Landscaping
    • PLS5222C  Advance Plant Propagation
    • ORH 4804/5026C Annual and Perennial Gardening

Sandy Wilson profile

352-273-4576
sbwilson@ufl.edu

Sandy's website

  • EDUCATION
    • Ph.D., Plant Physiology, Clemson University, 1996
    • M.S., Horticulture, University of Delaware, 1993
    • B.S., Animal Science University of Delaware, 1989
  • PUBLICATIONS
    TEACHING PUBLICATIONS:
    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
    • Deng, Z., S.B. Wilson, and D. Czarnecki.   'UF-1013-1': An Infertile Cultivar of Lantana camara.  HortScience.  https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI14911-20.
    • Fetouh, I.F., Z. Deng, S.B. Wilson, C.R. Adams, G. Knox.   Induction and characterization of tetraploids in Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense Lour.).  HortScience. 
    • Steppe, C., S.B. Wilson, Z. Deng, K. Druffel, and G.W. Knox.   Morphological and cytological comparisons of eight varieties of trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis) grown in Florida.  HortScience.  54:2134-2138.  https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI14443-19.
    • Kalaman, H., G.W. Knox, S.B. Wilson, and W. Wilber.   A master gardener survey: Promoting pollinator-friendly plants through education and outreach.  HortTechnology.  30:163-167. https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTTECH04460-19
    • Bechtloff, A., C.Reinhardt-Adams, S.B. Wilson, and Z. Deng.   Alternatives to potentially invasive plant species for the horticultural industry in the southeast United States.  J. Environmental Horticulture.  37(1): 9-18.
    • Wilson, S.B., R.L. Geneve and F.T. Davies.   An online study tool for reviewing plant propagation terms and concepts.  HortTechnology.  28(6):851-854.
    • Thetford, M., A. O’Donoughue, S.B. Wilson, H. Perez.   Landscape performance of 3 Polygonella wildflower species native to Florida.  Native Plants Journal.  19:239-247. doi:10.3368/npj.19.3.239.
    • Deng, Z., S.B. Wilson, X. Ying and D.M. Czarnecki II. 2017. Infertile Lantana camara cultivars 'UF-1011-2' and 'UF-1013A-2A. HortScience 52:652-657.
    • Fetouh, M.I., A. Kareem, G.W. Knox, S.B. Wilson and Z. Deng. 2016. Induction, identification, and characterization of tetraploids in Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum). HortScience. 51:1371-1377.
    • Smith, A.M., C. Reinhardt Adams, C. Wiese, and S.B. Wilson. 2016. Re-vegetation with native species does not control the invasive Ruellia simplex in a floodplain forest in Florida, USA. Applied Vegetation Science. 19:20-30.
    • Smith, A.M., S.B. Wilson, C. Reinhardt Adams, and C. Wiese. 2015. Germination of native species: Efforts to guide revegetation in a Mexican petunia-invaded floodplain in Florida, USA. Ecological Restoration. 33:237-241.
    • Smith, A.M., C. Reinhardt Adams, C. Wiese, and S.B. Wilson. 2015. Suppression of the ornamental invasive Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex) by native species in a greenhouse study. Ecological Restoration. 33(2) 207-214.
    • Wilson, S.B., G.W. Knox, Z. Deng, K.L. Nolan, and J. Aldrich. 2014. Landscape performance and fruiting of nice heavenly bamboo selections grown in northern and southern Florida. HortScience. 49:706-713.
    • Irani, T., S.B. Wilson, D. Slough, and M. Rieger. 2014. Graduate student experiences on and off Campus: Social connectedness and perceived isolation. J. Distance Education. 27(2), online.
    • Smith, A.M., S.B. Wilson, M. Thetford, K.L. Nolan, and C. Adams. 2014. Performance of nine Florida native wildflower species grown in varying container substrates. Native Plants Journal. 15:75-86.
    • Freyre, R. and S.B. Wilson. 2014. Ruellia simplex R10-105-Q54 ('Mayan Pink'). HortScience. 49:499-502.
    • Wilson, S.B., G.W. Knox, K.L. Nolan, and J. Aldrich. 2014. Landscape performance and fruiting of 12 privet selections grown in northern and southern Florida. HortTechnology. 24:148-155.
    • Wilson, S.B. and A.L. Flory. 2012. FloraGator: A novel, interactive and online multiple entry key for identifying plant families. HortTechnology. 22:410-412.
    • Freyre, R., A. Moseley, S.B. Wilson, and G.W. Knox. 2012. Fruitless Ruellia simplex R10-102 ('Mayan Purple') and R10-108 ('Mayan White'). HortScience. 47:1808-1814.
    • Freyre, R., A. Moseley, S.B. Wilson, and G.W. Knox. 2012. Breeding and evaluating for landscape performance and fruitlessness in Mexican Petunia (Ruellia, Acanthaceae). HortScience. 47:1245-1251.
    • Czarnecki,D.M., S.B. Wilson, G.W. Knox, R. Freyre, and Z. Deng. 2012. UF-T3 and UF-T4: Two sterile Lantana camara cultivars. HortScience. 47:132-137.
    • Thetford, M., A.H. O'Donoughue, S.B. Wilson and H.E. Pérez. 2012. Softwood cutting propagation of three Polygonella wildflower species native to Florida. J. Prop. Ornamental Plants. 12(1)58-62.
    • Campbell, K.R., S.B. Wilson, P.C. Wilson, and Z. He. 2011. Interactive online tools for teaching plant identification. HortTechnology 21:504-508.
    • Heather, A.E, H.E. Pérez, and S.B. Wilson. 2010. Non-deep physiological dormancy in seeds of two Polygonella species with horticultural potential. HortScience. 45:1854-1858.
  • RECENT SERVICES AND HONORS

    RECENT HONORS

    • American Society for Horticultural Science ASHS Outstanding Education Publication Award, 2012 recipient
    • Roche Professorship, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2011-2012 recipient
    • American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Career Award, 2009 recipient
    • University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Undergraduate Teacher of the Year. 2006-07 recipient
    • Association for Communication Excellence Gold Award for Educational Project, 2007 co-recipient 
    • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Fellow Award, 2005 

    RECENT SERVICE

    • American Society for Horticultural Sciences Vice President, Education Division, 2012-2015
    • International Plant Propagator’s Society Board of Directors, 2013-2015
    • Native Plant Journal Associate Editor, 2010-present
    • Advanced Leadership Program for Academics, 2012-2013
    • Faculty Senate, 2012-2015 
    • Roche Professorship, 2010-2012 
    • LEAD21 National Internship Program, UGA Fanning Institute, 2010-2011 

352-273-4576
sbwilson@ufl.edu

Sandy's website