University of Florida

Paul Fisher

Professor and Extension Specialist, Floriculture

Environmental Horticulture Dept.
University of Florida
2549 Fifield Hall, PO Box 110670
Gainesville FL 32611-0670

Phone: (352) 273-4581
Fax: (352) 392-3870

Curriculum Vitae (39KB pdf)

Professional Background


  • Ph.D. in Horticulture (Michigan State Univ.), 1995
    M.Appl.Sci. in Resource Mgmt. (Lincoln Univ., New Zealand), 1988
  • B.Sci. in Botany (Univ. of Auckland, New Zealand), 1985

Work Experience

  • 2006-curr. Professor and Extension Specialist, Univ. of Florida
  • 1996-2006, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Univ. of New Hampshire
  • 1995-1996, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Univ. of California at Davis
  • 1991-1992, Visiting Scholar, Michigan State University
  • 1989-1991, Research Associate, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, New Zealand




Applied research for the commercial greenhouse industry. The Floriculture Research Alliance is a university-industry consortium for applied research on production, propagation, and shipping of young plant material. We have an active program in managing substrate-pH and quality control for growing substrates. Much of our research is packaged in computer decision-support systems for grower management. We also undertake research on water sanitation and quality to help growers capture and reuse irrgation runoff.


My recent graduate students and trainee staff are:

  • Dustin Meador (Ph.D.): Evaluating treatment systems for biological water quality in ornamental plant production
  • Rosa Raudales (Ph.D.): Treatment technologies to control pathogens in irrigation water
  • Ryan Dickson and Javier Lopez: Young plant manufacturing for seedling plugs and liners
  • Jinsheng Huang (Post-doctoral Research Scientist): Quality control procedures for container substrates, and management of substrate-pH