Our Faculty & Staff


Below you will find information about how to contact our department faculty members and administrative staff.

Our faculty members are well recognized for research and their scholarly work, including four named chairs and numerous scientific society fellows. 



  • Rodney Robinson, president, Robinson Anderson Summers, Inc. and principal,  Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects, Inc.
  • Mona Batish, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical and Molecular Sciences, University of Delaware
  • Gregory Binford, National Director of Advanced Agronomic Training, Wilbur-Ellis
  • Jules Bruck, Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning & Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida
  • Anthony Buda, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit
  • Vince D'Amico, Resident Scientist, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station
  • Nicole Fiorellino, Extension Agronomist, University of Maryland
  • Vincent Fondong, Molecular Plant Biologist, Delaware State University
  • Mingxin Guo, Professor, Delaware State University
  • Jinjun Kan, Stroud Water Research Center
  • Blake Meyers, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Diana Oviedo Vargas, Stroud Water Research Center
  • Marc Peipoch, Assistant Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center
  • Richard Pouyat, National Program Leader for Air and Soil Quality Research, U.S. Forest Service
  • Hajime Sakai, CEO, NAPIGEN, Inc.
  • Ryan Tappero, Lead Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Matthew Taylor, Director, Research and Conservation, Longwood Gardens
  • Brian Trader, President and CEO, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  • Jenwei Tsai, Delaware DNREC
  • Randall Wisser, INRAE, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • Byung-Chun Yoo, Delaware Biotechnology Institute
  • Peter Zale, Associate Director, Conservation, Plant Breeding and Collections, Longwood Gardens
  • Robert Carroll, emeritus professor
  • Charles Dunham, emeritus professor
  • Tom Evans, emeritus professor
  • John Frett, emeritus professor
  • David Frey, emeritus professor
  • James Hawk, emeritus professor
  • Sherry Kitto, emeritus professor
  • Gordon Johnson
  • Robert Lyons, emeritus professor
  • Allen Morehart, emeritus professor
  • Wallace Pill, emeritus professor
  • Thompson Pizzolato
  • J. Thomas Sims
  • James Swasey, emeritus professor
  • Bruce Vasilas
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Andrew Adams Horticulture Manager (302) 831-0909 aadamsud@udel.edu
Mohammed Afsar Post Doctoral Researcher / Jin Lab (302) 249-8517 mzafsar@udel.edu
Shammi Akter Post Doctoral Researcher / Beltran Lab   shammi@udel.edu
Matheus Barreto Post Doctoral Researcher / D. Sparks Lab (302) 831-8435 mbarreto@udel.edu
William (Bill) Bartz Greenhouse Manager (302) 831-3574 wcbartz@udel.edu
Kreshnik Bejleri Limited Term Researcher / VanGessel Lab (302) 856-7303 kbejleri@udel.edu
Tim Chaya Research Associate III / Caplan Lab (302) 831-0854 tchaya@udel.edu
Jessica Cooper Limited Term Researcher / Koehler Lab   jgcoop@udel.edu
Isabel Emanuel Post Doctoral Researcher / Koehler Lab    
John Emerson Extension Agent I (302) 730-4000 jremer@udel.edu
Barbra Ferrell Associate Scientist / Wommack Lab (302) 831-0148 ferrellb@udel.edu
Joseph Galella Postdoctoral Researcher /  Inamdar Research Group    
Karen Gartley Research Manager / Program Director, UD Soil Testing Program (302) 831-1385 kgartley@udel.edu
Hilary Gibson Program Coordinator / Nutrient Management Program (302) 735-8137 hgibson@udel.edu
Rachel Hillabrand Lab Manager   hillabr@udel.edu
Christopher Holton Limited Term Researcher / Koehler Lab (302) 856-7303 cholton@udel.edu
Ashley Hostetler Post Doctoral Researcher / E. Sparks Lab (302) 831-2427 ahende@udel.edu
Emily Kennebeck Limited Term Researcher / E. Sparks Lab   emkenne@udel.edu
Lauren Kope Program Coordinator, Botanic Gardens (302) 831-0153 lckope@udel.edu
Eugene Law  Post Doctoral Researcher / VanGessel Lab (302) 856-7303 eplaw@udel.edu
Van Huong Le  Post Doctoral Researcher / Vargas Lab   vanle@udel.edu
Chander Lekha Analytical Chemist / Soil Testing Program (302) 831-8407 chander@udel.edu
Matthew Limmer Research Associate II  / Seyfferth Lab (302) 831-6210 limmer@udel.edu
Hannah Locke Post Doctoral Researcher / Wommack Lab (302) 831-0148  
Tracy McMullen Business Administrator II (302) 831-8153 tracymc@udel.edu
Vishnu Mishra  Postdoctoral Researcher / Lee Lab   vmishra@udel.edu
Joseph Paller Lab Coordinator I / Soil Testing Program (302) 831-8407  jpaller@udel.edu
Sapana Pokhrel Post Doctoral Researcher / Shober Research Group   spokhrel@udel.edu
Jill Pollok Plant Diagnostician (302) 831-1390 jillp@udel.edu
Moklesur Rahman Postdoctoral Researcher / Inamdar Research Group    
Md Abdur Razzak Post Doctoral Researcher / Lee Lab (302) 831-4671 mdrazzak@udel.edu
Abby Reeves UD Fresh to You Farm Manager (419) 605-7116  aereeves@udel.edu
Jon Reneau Research Associate II / E. Sparks Lab (302)-831-1447 jreneau@udel.edu
Sydney Riggi Extension Agent III (302) 730-4000 sydney@udel.edu
Claudio Rubione Research Associate I / VanGessel Lab (302) 856-7303 crubione@udel.edu
Barbara Scott Associate Scientist (302) 856-7303 bascott@udel.edu
Shawn Tingle Research Associate II (302) 856-7303 tingle@udel.edu
Jingjing Tong Post Doctoral Researcher / E. Sparks Lab   jjtong@udel.edu
Niraj Vishwakarma  Post Doctoral Researcher / Lee Lab   vishwa@udel.edu
Teclemariam (Tecle) Weldekidan Scientist / E. Sparks Lab (302) 831-1381 tecle@udel.edu
Jing Yan Post Doctoral Researcher / Jin Lab    yanjing@udel.edu
Name Title: Phone: Email:
Kathleen Davis Administrative Assistant II (302) 831-2534 kmdavis@udel.edu
Rodney Dempsey Horticultural Greenhouse Supervisor (302) 831-1374 dempsey@udel.edu
Gail Ferry Academic Support Coordinator (302) 831-3409 gferry@udel.edu
Laura Gibler Administrative Assistant II (302) 831-2531 lgibler@udel.edu
Laurie Jones Administrative Assistant III     (302) 831-6378 joneslj@udel.edu