Dr. Héctor Pérez


Dr. Pérez aims to guide students to an understanding of concepts and proficiency in applications through active and inquiry-based lessons. Lessons developed for any course are student-focused rather than teacher-centered. In this regard, students are not passively receiving information, but are required to openly practice their thinking.


  • PLS 3223 Plant Propagation (Co-requisite: PLS3223L) - Offered every fall. This course explores the physiological and anatomical underpinnings of sexual and asexual plant propagation in a dynamic and active classroom setting. Principles and practices of propagation via vegetative propagules, grafting, layering, and seeds are covered.
  • PLS3223L Plant Propagation Lab (co-requisite PLS 3223) - Offered every fall. Students practice the art and science of various propagation methods through this hands-on lab.  Students are challenged to link theory, practice and critical thinking through the production of various forms of scientific communication including: 1) a lab report written in scientific journal format; 2) a scientific poster presentation; and 3) a computer-aided oral presentation. Field trips to commercial propagation facilities are also included. Students provide a critical assessment of their field trip experiences.
  • PLS522C Propagation of Horticultural Crops - Offered ever fall. For graduate students who have not taken PLS3223/L. Theoretical and practical applications of macro-propagation techniques of higher plants. Graduate students must complete a special project.
  • ORH4932 Public Gardens Management - Pre-requisites: ORH 3513 Environmental Plant Identification & Use. This is a field-based course focusing on first-hand observation and evaluation of public gardens. Students interact directly with executive-level garden administrators to develop an understanding of important, timely themes related to the operation and management of public gardens. Students are expected to attend multi-day field trips across Florida.

Planned Course Offerings

  • Graduate Survey of Seed Biology


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Associate Professor, Seed Biology, Plant Conservation and Restoration