Sandra B. Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Horticulture
Department of Environmental Horticulture
Invasive ornamentals, Native propagation
50% Teaching, 50% Research
Ph.D., 1996, Plant Physiology, Clemson University
M.S., 1993, Horticulture, University of Delaware
B.S., 1989, Animal Science University of Delaware
Dr. Sandra Wilson is an Associate Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida's Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) located in Fort Pierce. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Delaware and the Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Clemson University. Dr. Wilson completed postdoctoral studies at both Clemson University and Chiba University, Japan.
Dr. Wilson co-teaches a statewide web-based plant propagation course and is director of the IRREC teaching gardens. She has developed new courses and has creatively used technology to enhance her teaching. Dr. Wilson has developed a web-based virtual plant identification interface to help students learn plant material and landscape principles in different seasons and geographic locations. Her digital materials on plant propagation and greenhouse education are used nationwide. Dr. Wilson has received over $270,000 in grant funding for innovative course improvement and has published and presented her teaching scholarship widely. In 2005, she was recognized with the Teacher Fellow award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) for her outstanding dedication towards teaching. In 2007, she received the UF CALS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year award.
In collaboration with several colleagues, Dr. Wilson's research focuses on characterizing the invasive potential of ornamental plants, propagation of native plants, developing organic-based medium components for containerized ornamentals, roadside use of native wildflowers, and enhanced commercial selection and micropropagation of sea oats genotypes for dune stabilization. Her teaching and research programs have generated some $879,000 in extramural grant funding and authorship of 43 refereed publications, 36 non-refereed publications and 8 non-refereed trade journal articles. Dr. Wilson served as co-advisor to the 2005 recipient of the UF CALS Best Dissertation Award.