Athens Extension Specialists

Production Horticulturist/Organic

Timothy Coolong
Timothy Coolong Professor, Extension Specialist, SARE State Coordinator; Emphasis: Vegetable production
Horticulture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - Southern Region

Food Safety Specialist

Laurel Dunn
Laurel Dunn Assistant Professor and Extension Coordinator
Food Science & Technology

Athens Research Faculty

Organic Production

Kate Cassity-Duffey
Kate Cassity-Duffey Assistant Professor; Emphasis: Organic production

Controlled Environment Horticulture

Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi
Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi Associate Professor; Emphasis: Controlled environment horticulture
Horticulture Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture

Cucurbit Breeder

Cecilia E. McGregor
Cecilia E. McGregor Professor; Emphasis: Cucurbit breeding, genetics & genomics
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)

Ripening and Post-Harvest Physiology

Savithri Nambeesan
Savithri Nambeesan Associate Research Scientist; Emphasis: Ripening & post-harvest physiology

Tomato Breeder

Esther van der Knaap
Esther van der Knaap Professor; Emphasis: Tomatoes, plant development, genetics & genomics
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)

Griffin Extension Specialist

Consumer Fruits and Vegetables

Bob Westerfield
Bob Westerfield Senior Public Service Associate

Griffin Research Faculty

Controlled Environment Plant Breeder

Andrew Ogden
Andrew Ogden Assistant Professor
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)

Tifton Extension Specialists

Weed Scientist

Stanley Culpepper
Stanley Culpepper Professor - Extension Weed Scientist
Crop & Soil Sciences National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL)

Postharvest Horticulturist

Angelos Deltsidis
Angelos Deltsidis Assistant Professor & Post-harvest Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Post-harvest fruit & vegetables physiology

Plant Pathologist

Bhabesh Dutta
Bhabesh Dutta Associate Professor and Extension Vegetable Disease Specialist
Plant Pathology


Esendugue Greg Fonsah
Esendugue Greg Fonsah Professor and REI Coordinator
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Public Service Assistant

Guy Hancock
Guy Hancock Public Service Assistant
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Team Leader & Extension Horticulturist

Ted McAvoy
Ted McAvoy Assistant Professor & Vegetable Production Extension Specialist; Emphasis: Vegetable production

Precision Agriculture

Luan Oliveira
Luan Oliveira Assistant Professor and Precision Ag Extension Specialist
Horticulture Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture

Sustainability Specialist

Taylor Randell Singleton
Taylor Randell Singleton Assistant Professor | Extension Sustainability Specialist
Crop & Soil Sciences


Tifton Research Faculty


Sudeep Bag
Sudeep Bag Assistant Professor- Crop Virology
Plant Pathology


Intiaz Amin Chowdhury
Intiaz Amin Chowdhury Assistant Professor of Cotton and Vegetable Crop Nematology
Plant Pathology

Research Horticulturist

Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez
Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez Professor; Emphasis: Vegetable production (conventional, organic & sustainable); plasticulture; environmental physiology
Horticulture Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture

Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab

Alejandra Maria Jimenez Madrid
Alejandra Maria Jimenez Madrid Director- Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab
Plant Pathology

Vegetable Breeding

Amol Nankar
Amol Nankar Assistant Professor; Emphasis: vegetable breeding
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)


David G Riley
David G Riley Emeritus Professor

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Specialist

Henry Y. Sintim
Henry Y. Sintim Assistant Professor
Crop & Soil Sciences

Plant Pathologist

Miaoying Tian
Miaoying Tian Ji/Georgia Vegetable Industry Distinguished Professorship in Plant Pathology; Associate Professor
Plant Pathology