The Master of Science degree program in Horticulture is available through the Department of Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. Thesis problems may be developed in a wide range of subject matter areas relating to the science of Horticulture. Opportunities in this discipline include research relating to the biology, physiology and production of apples, blueberries, potatoes, landscape ornamentals and turfgrass. Facilities are available for laboratory, growth chamber, greenhouse and field research.
Prospective graduate students should have training in chemistry, mathematics and biology, and in subject matter areas closely related to the graduate study area of interest. Specific requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees relating to Horticulture in this Department are outlined in the “Guidelines for Graduate Study in Horticultural Science” which is available upon request.
A limited number of half-time departmental assistantships, involving both teaching and research, are available on a competitive basis. Additional opportunities for assistantship support are associated with faculty working on extramural grants and research contracts. Prospective graduate students are urged to contact faculty who might serve as supervisors for their graduate degree work to determine the availability of assistantship support. Additional information concerning graduate studies in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences may be obtained from Dr. Tsutomu Ohno (Graduate Coordinator), Ms. Mary Fernandez (Student Coordinator) (Mary_Fernandez@umit.maine.edu), or from the World-Wide Web (www.umaine.edu/pse).
Stephanie Burnett, Ph.D. (University of Georgia, 2004), Assistant Professor of Horticulture.
William L. Mitchell, M.L.A. (Massachusetts 1975), Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture. Landscape architecture, horticultural education, environmental planning and sports field management.
Renae E. Moran, Ph.D. (University of Arkansas, May 1996) Assistant Professor. Variety evaluation and postharvest fruit quality.
John M. Smagula, Ph.D. (Massachusetts, 1973), Professor of Horticulture. Blueberry physiology, plant development, and management systems for intensive fruit production. Tissue culture propagation.
David E. Yarborough, Ph.D. (Massachusetts, 1991), Professor of Horticulture. Blueberry and cranberry weed management, weed/crop ecology.
Donglin Zhang, Ph.D. (Georgia, 1997), Associate Professor of Horticulture. Ornamental plants, greenhouse and nursery management, floriculture, horticultural taxonomy and molecular markers.