DEPARTMENT OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCES


We have excellent teaching, research, and outreach programs in the areas of plant biology (cellular, genetics, genomics, microbial, molecular and physiology), agronomy (including pathology, soil management and weed science), horticulture (sustainable landscapes, fruits and vegetables), landscape architecture and environmental soil sciences (biogeochemistry, hydrology and plant-soil interactions). We have a distinguished faculty, known nationally and internationally for their research and outreach, and within UD for their excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring students.

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Jules Bruck

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Jules Bruck Landscape Architecture

Dr. Bruck teaches courses in creativity, design process, field sketching and planting design. Her current research focuses on coastal resilience, green infrastructure and public perception of sustainable landscape practices, such as designing for ecosystem services.

Latest news

  • How engineering principals support plant science

    Ag-inspired engineering

    December 08, 2021 | Written by Maddy Lauria
    Two UD professors from two different colleges have found common ground between corn and bridges that will allow them to better understand the structural stability upon which both objects rely.
  • Judging the soil

    December 07, 2021 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    Soil judging is a hands-on experience for students to visualize and apply classroom knowledge in a field environment. In only its second year of competition, a UD team of undergraduates finished strong in the 2021 Northeast Regional Soil Judging Contest against other universities, earning a spot in April’s national competition in Ohio.
  • Nanticoke-inspired park

    November 30, 2021 | Written by Adam Thomas
    Visitors to Laurel, Delaware, will find a new playground in Tidewater Park showcasing some of the history and folklore of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe thanks to a joint project from the University of Delaware, Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) and the Town of Laurel.

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