University of Florida

Gail M. Hansen

Assistant Professor

Environmental Horticulture Dept.
University of Florida
Rm. 101 Bldg. 550, PO Box 110675
Gainesville FL 32611-0675

Phone: (352) 273-4506
Fax: (352) 392-1413

Curriculum Vitae (98.8KB pdf)

Gail Hansen is an assistant professor who specializes in landscape design. Her teaching and extension programs address sustainable science-based and art-centered landscape design practices that take into account the social dimension of green urban environments, environmental protection, and the quality of life for urban dwellers.

landscape design

Dr. Hansen graduated with a masters and doctoral degree in landscape architecture from the University of Florida and worked for a private landscape architecture firm in Gainesville for eight years before joining the landscape architecture department as an adjunct faculty. She currently teaches two studio courses in residential landscape design.

Professional Background


  • Ph.D. Landscape Architecture (Univ. FL), 2008
  • M. Landscape Architecture (Univ. FL), 1994
  • M.S. Exercise Physiology (Univ. Arizona, Tucson), 1981
  • B.A. Phys. Ed.(California State Univ. Sacramento), 1978


classroomStudio courses include LDE 3410C Residential Landscape Design which emphasizes elements and principles of urban landscape design, the design process, and the right plant-right place principle. The second course, LDE 4404C Advanced Residential Landscape Design emphasizes socioenvironmental design practices with a focus on water conservation, resource protection, and the social and cultural dimensions of landscapes.

In 2013 Dr. Hansen received the Teacher Fellow Award from North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) and the Gainesville City Beautification Award for the Alto Straughn Conference Center Florida-Friendly demonstration and teaching landscape.

Research and Extension Focus

landscape designExtension activities emphasize socioenvironmental design practices with a focus on water conservation, resource protection, and the social and cultural dimensions of landscapes, including barriers to adopting new landscape behaviors.

Outreach includes development and dissemination of educational materials, in-service trainings, landscape design presentations, design workshops, and demonstration landscape projects.

Dr. Hansen's research activities also consider socioenvironmental issues, focusing primarily on attitudes, perceptions, and preferences related to stormwater pond landscape plants for the pond shoreline. Research activities are used to develop guidelines for regulatory policy (stormwater and landscape codes) and social marketing campaigns to protect Florida water bodies.

Research Projects

  1. Smart Phone Application — Florida-Friendly Plant Database. 2013.
    The application includes a database with descriptions for over 420 Florida-Friendly plants. 
  2. UF/IFAS Landscape Unit Research and Demonstration Plots. 2013.
    The facility includes four residential landscape plots (5,000 square foot) for research on water use and plant preferences for Florida-Friendly landscapes.
  3. Lake Uhlein Stormwater Pond Landscape Plan, Lakewood Ranch, FL. 2011.
    A master plan for the shoreline planting was developed to demonstrate plant preferences for stormwater basin shorelines.

Refereed Publications

  1. Hansen, G. 2012. When Students Design Learning Landscapes: Designing for Experiential Learning through Experiential Learning. NACTA/DOCE Journal. 56:30-34 Online
  2. Hansen, G. & Purcell, S. 2012. A Smart Phone Application for Landscape Plants: A Case Study and Guide to Developing a Decision-Making Application. Journal of Extension. 50 (6): 6TOT2 Online

Non-Refereed Grant Publications

  1. Hansen, G., Perez, K.g, and Momol, E. 2012. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Pattern Book. 2012. University of Florida, IFAS Information and Communication Services. SP 478. 71 pages. Online
  2. Hansen, G. (2013) Landscape Design with Edibles. Online
  3. Hansen, G. & Hu, S.g (2013) Florida-Friendly Plants for Stormwater Ponds. Online
  4. Hansen, G. (2011). Twenty-Two Ideas for a Low-Care, Low-Cost Landscape. Online