Dr. Dean A. Kopsell
Professor and Chair
Dr. Dean Kopsell joined the Environmental Horticulture Department September of 2017 as department chair, hailing from the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee where he held a 15% teaching, 85% research appointment. Dr. Kopsell received a BS degree is in agribusiness – horticulture in 1992 from Illinois State University. He received his MS degree in 1995 and his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Horticulture Department at the University of Georgia. Dr. Kopsell was an assistant professor in the Plant Biology Department at the University of New Hampshire from 2000-2004. He joined the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee in 2004. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and to full professor in 2013. Dr. Kopsell’s publication record includes over 100 journal articles, 6 book chapters, and 3 provisional patents. While a faculty member at UT, Dr. Kopsell's research program focused on the impacts of cultural, environmental, and genetic factors on the phytonutritional value of specialty crops. Another area of research was investigating the impacts of narrow-band wavelengths from light-emitting diodes (LED) on nutritionally important metabolites in specialty crops.