Dewayne Ingram

Dewayne Ingram

Professional Profile

Dr. Ingram has a primary Extension appointment but also has research and teaching responsibilities. His program focuses on sustainable production systems with an emphasis in nursery crops. He also co-teaches a course in nursery and floral crop production. Dr. Ingram previously served as the UK Horticulture Department Chair (1990-2009) and was on the Ornamental Horticulture faculty at the University of Florida from 1977 to 1990.

Education

Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science, 1977, University of Tennessee
Major emphasis: ornamental horticulture, plant physiology
B.S. in Agriculture, 1974, University of Tennessee
Major emphasis: ornamental horticulture and landscape design

Joshua Kight

Joshua Kight

Professional Profile

   Joshua Kight joined the University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture as the Extension Associate for Nursery Crops on April 29th and is based in Lexington. His duties will include consulting with nursery growers or farmers wishing to diversify into the nursery industry as well as working with more established growers.  He will organize field days, educational workshops and develop educational resource materials.  He will also conduct research trials as part of the Kentucky Horticulture Council grant-funded work at the UK Horticulture Research Farm.

   Joshua grew up in a small town near Auburn, Alabama.  After a four-year enlistment with the United States Coast Guard, he completed his B.S. degree in Horticulture - Nursery Management and Greenhouse Production at Auburn University.  He met his wife, a Kentuckian attending the Auburn Veterinary school, while at Auburn.  After graduation they moved to Versailles, Kentucky.

   His work experience in Kentucky’s green industry has given him valuable experience in areas of nursery and greenhouse management, grounds maintenance and thoroughbred farm horticulture management.  He looks forward to the challenges of this extension position and building on his horticulture knowledge.

   Joshua’s position is funded by the Kentucky Horticulture council through a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

Education

B.S. in Horticulture - Nursery Management and Greenhouse Production, Auburn University

Joshua Knight

Joshua Knight

Professional Profile

Joshua Knight is a Senior Extension Associate for Horticulture with the Center for Crop Diversification.

In the years before, during and after his undergraduate coursework, he worked on farms focusing primarily on agro-ecological and direct market production in Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Japan, as well as farms across central and eastern Kentucky (Oldham, Fayette, and Harlan Counties).  Prior to his agricultural career, Josh worked in the Information Technology sector of central Florida for six years, acquiring skills in web development, graphic design, and communication technologies.  He finished an M.S. in Integrated Plant and Soil Science in 2018, with emphasis research on soil-carbon analysis, GIS, carbon footprint, water footprint and Life Cycle Assessment. 

Education

M.S. in Integrated Plant and Soil Science, 2018, University of Kentucky
Research emphasis:  Water Footprint, Carbon Footprint Analysis
    Graduate Certificate in Digital Mapping, 2018, University of Kentucky


B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture, 2013, University of Kentucky

Nicole Ward-Gauthier

Nicole Ward-Gauthier

Professional Profile

Implement Extension educational programming and conduct applied research on:

  • Fruit crop diseases
  • Landscape plant diseases
  • Nursery and greenhouse crop diseases
  • Urban horticulture plant diseases

Coordinate Extension Plant Pathology programs

Education

Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, 2011, Louisiana State University
B.S. in Horticulture Science, 2007, Louisiana State University

Robert Geneve

Robert Geneve

Professional Profile

Our research program has two major activities – plant propagation and nursery crop production. The propagation area has most recently been focused on seed biology. The major effort concerns the physiological and ecological aspects of physical dormancy including the elucidation of the water gap mechanisms that control water uptake in physically dormant seeds. The second research area investigates the comparative morphological and ecological aspects of mucilage producing seeds in the Lamiaceae. Our main nursery crop project is a multi-state collaborative effort in sustainable nursery production. This project focuses on producing container-grown nursery crops with reduced inputs. These include water use and alternatives to standard plastic nursery containers.

Education

Ph.D.Horticulture, 1985, University of Minnesota
M.S. Horticulture, 1978, Pennsylvania State University
B.S. Horticulture, 1977, University of Maryland

Winston Dunwell

Winston Dunwell

Professional Profile

Dr. Winston Dunwell is an Extension Professor for Nursery Crops. He is located at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, KY. His Extension Program focuses on nursery crop production and development of ornamental plants.

Dr. Winston Dunwell was born on Long Island in Southampton, NY. He grew up in East Quogue, NY where farming consisted of horticultural crops. His neighbors grew either nursery crops or vegetables. Dr. Dunwell worked in the nursery/landscape industry throughout his teenage years and part time through his military service and college education. He attended the State University of New York at Farmingdale and received his Associates Degree in Nursery Management. Following 4 years in the US Air Force he attended the University of Wyoming and received his Bachelors of Science in Plant Science/Horticulture. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Idaho where he worked on the effects of cold stress on Ornamental Plants.

In 1979 Dr. Dunwell accepted a position with The University of Kentucky as an Assistant Extension Professor for Nursery Crops housed at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center at Princeton, Kentucky. His area of interest is developing educational programs related to sustainable ornamental plant introduction, propagation, production, and utilization. Dr. Dunwell established the Nursery Crops Development Center to carry out trials on cultivated and native plants with unique characteristics of special interest to the nursery/landscape industry and the gardening public.

Education

Ph.D. in Horticulture/Plant Stress Physiology, 1978, University of Idaho
B.S. Plant Science Horticulture, 1974, University of Wyoming

Zenaida Viloria

Zenaida Viloria

  • zenaida.viloria@uky.edu
  • Nursery Crops Development Center
    1205 Hopkinsville Street
    Princeton KY 42445-0469
  • UK Research & Education Center

Professional Profile

Dr. Viloria is a horticulturist working in entomology at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, KY since February 2016. She is the resident expert in bark beetle indentification and in charge of monitoring Ambrosia beetles and research to find a better means of control in  nurseries and orchards in western Kentucky. 

Education

Ph.D. in Horticulture, 2003. University of Florida.

Agricultural Engineer. 1984. University of Zulia, Venezuela.