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Sandra B. Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Horticulture
Department of Environmental Horticulture

Expertise: Invasive ornamentals, Native propagation
Contact Information: 2199 South Rock Road
Fort Pierce, Florida 34945-3138
(772) 468-3922 ext. 107
Website: irrecenvhort.ifas.ufl.edu
Appointment: 50% Teaching, 50% Research
Education: Ph.D., 1996, Plant Physiology, Clemson University
M.S., 1993, Horticulture, University of Delaware
B.S., 1989, Animal Science University of Delaware
Details: Dr. Sandra Wilson is a 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 directs 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 interactive digital materials on plant propagation, plant family classification and greenhouse education are used nationwide. Dr. Wilson has received over $320,000 in grant funding for innovative course improvement and has published and presented her teaching scholarship widely. She has been recognized with several teaching awards including North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Fellow in 2005, the UF CALS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award in 2007, and the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award in 2009. In 2010, Dr. Wilson received the Marion C. and Virginia T. Roche Professorship to provide leadership for distance education pedagogy for CALS faculty.

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 over $1.5 million in extramural grant funding and authorship of 57 refereed publications, 48 non-refereed publications and non-refereed trade journal articles and 61 abstracts. Dr. Wilson served as co-advisor to the 2005 recipient of the UF CALS Best Dissertation Award.
Selected Publications: Wilson, S.B. and A.L. Flory. 2012. FloraGator: A novel, interactive and online multiple entry key for identifying plant families. HortTechnology. 22:410-412.

Czarnecki, D.M., S.B. Wilson, G.W. Knox, R. Freyre, and Z. Deng. 2012. UF-T3 and UF-T4: Two sterile Lantana camara cultivars. HortScience. 47:132-137.

Thetford, M., A.H. O’Donoughue, S.B. Wilson and H.E. Pérez. 2012. Softwood cutting propagation of three Polygonella wildflower species native to Florida. J. Prop. Ornamental Plants. 12(1)58-62.

Campbell, K.R., S.B. Wilson, P.C. Wilson, and Z. He. 2011. Interactive online tools for teaching plant identification. HortTechnology 21:504-508.

Wilson, S.B., G.W. Knox, Z. Deng, and R. Freyre. 2010. Characterizing the invasive potential of ornamental plants. Acta Hort. Vol 18:-Advances in Ornamentals, Landscape, and Urban Horticulture.Heather, A.E, H.E. Pérez, and S.B. Wilson. 2010. Non-deep physiological dormancy in seeds of two Polygonella species with horticultural potential. HortScience.

Wilson, S.B., G.W. Knox, K.L. Muller, R. Freyre, and Z. Deng. 2009. Seed production and viability of eight porterweed selections grown in northern and southern Florida. HortScience 44:1842-1849.

Valero-Aracama, C., M.E. Kane, S.B. Wilson, and N.L. Philman. 2010. Substitution of benzyladenine with meta-topolin during shoot multiplication increases acclimatization of difficult- and easy-to-acclimatize sea oats (Uniola paniculata L.) genotypes. Plant Growth Regulation. 60:43-49.

Fitz-Rodriguez, E., C. Kubota, G. Giacomelli, M. Tignor, S. Wilson, and M. McMahon, 2010. Dynamic modeling and simulation of greenhouse environments under several scenarios: A web-based application. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Elsevier 70: 105-116.

Rhoades, E.B., T. Irani, M. Tignor, S. Wilson, C. Kubota, and G. Giacomelli, and M. McMahon. 2009. A case study of horticulture education in a virtual world: A web-based multimedia approach. NACTA Journal. 53:42-48.

Wilson, S.B. and G.W. Knox. 2009. Landscape performance of green fountain grass alternatives grown in northern and southern Florida. HortTechnology. 19:471-476.

Wilson, S.B., K.L. Muller, P.C. Wilson, M.R. Incer, P.J. Stoffella, and D.A. Graetz. 2009. Evaluation of new container media for Aglaonema production. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. 40:2673-2687.

Wilson, P.C. and S.B. Wilson. 2010. Effects of bromacil and simazine on growth and reproduction of Vallisneria americana. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 29:201-211.

Irani, T., G. Roberts, S.B. Wilson, and E.B. Rhoades. 2009. Evaluation of the effect of multi-site distance education on knowledge gained in a plant propagation course. Quarterly Review of Distance Education. 10:27-36.

Valero-Aracama, C., M.E. Kane, S.B. Wilson, and N.L. Philman. 2008. Comparative Growth, Morphology and Anatomy of Easy- and Difficult-to Acclimatize Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata) Genotypes During In Vitro Culture and ex Vitro Acclimatization. J ASHS. 133:830-843.

Wilson, S.B., K.L. Muller, J.A. Gersony, and B.T. Scully. 2008. The linear garden: A unique, inexpensive and effective way to facilitate plant identification and roadside beautification. HortTechnology. 18:318-319.

H.E. Danielson, J.G. Norcini, S.B. Wilson, R.K. Schoellhorn, and D.L. Miller. 2007. Growth, flowering, and survival of blanketflower (Gaillardia pulchella Foug.) based on seed source and growing location. J. Native Plants. 8:25-39.

Valero-Aracama, C., S.B. Wilson, M.E. Kane, and N.L. Philman. 2007. Influence of in vitro growth conditions on in vitro and ex vitro photosynthetic rates of easy- and difficult-to-acclimatize sea oats (Uniola paniculata L.) genotypes. In vitro Cell. Dev. Biol.-Plant.

Valero-Aracama, C., M.E. Kane, S.B. Wilson, J.C. Vu, J. Anderson, and N.L. Philman. 2006. Photosynthetic and carbohydrate status of easy- and difficult-to-acclimatize sea oats (Uniola paniculata L.) genotypes during in vitro culture and ex vitro acclimatization. In vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. -Plant. 42:572-583.

Wilson, S.B. and G.W. Knox. 2006. Landscape performance, flowering, and seed viability of fifteen Miscanthus sinensis taxa grown in northern and southern Florida. HortTechnology. 24:137-142.

Wilson, S.B., L.K. Mecca, H.E. Danielson, D.A. Graetz, and P.J. Stoffella. 2006. Container and field evaluation of three native shrubs grown in compost-based media. Compost Science & Utilization. 14(3):178-183.

Knox, G.W. and S.B. Wilson. 2006. Evaluating north and south Florida landscape performance and fruiting of ten cultivars and a wildtype selection of Nandina domestica, a potentially invasive shrub. J. Environ. Hort. 24:137-142.

Wilson, S.B. and H.E. Danielson. 2005. Interactive virtual plant identification and use. Hort Technology. 15:729-730.

Wilson, S.B., M. Thetford, L.K. Mecca, and J.S. Raymer. 2004. Evaluation of 14 Buddleja taxa grown in western and southern Florida: I. Visual quality, growth and development. HortTechnol. 14:605-612.

Wilson, S.B., M. Thetford, L.K. Mecca, J.S. Raymer, and J. Gersony. 2004. Evaluation of 14 Buddleja taxa grown in western and southern Florida: II. Seed production and germination. HortTechnol. 14:612-618.

Wilson, S.B., P.C. Wilson, and J.A. Albano. 2004. Growth and development of the native Ruellia caroliniensis and invasive Ruellia tweediana. HortScience. 39:1015-1019.

Wirth, F.F., K.J. Davis, and S.B. Wilson. 2004. Florida nursery sales and economic impacts of 14 potentially invasive ornamental plant species. J. Environ. Hort. 22:12-16.

Wilson, S.B. and L.A. Mecca. 2003. Seed production and germination of eight cultivars and the wild type of Ruellia tweediana: A potentially invasive ornamental. J. Environ. Hort. 21:137-143.

Wilson, S.B. and M. Thetford. 2003. A new strategy for teaching plant propagation by distance education. HortTechnology. 13:577-578.

Wilson, S.B., P.J. Stoffella, D.A. Graetz. 2003. Compost amended media and irrigation system influence containerized perennial salvia. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 128: 128:260-268.

Tignor, M.E., S.B. Wilson, and P.C. Wilson. 2002. Development of an undergraduate plant science course promoting environmental awareness, native flora, and critical thinking skills. NACTA Journal. 46(1):26-32.

Wilson, S.B. and N.C. Rajapakse. 2001. Growth regulation of sub-tropical perennials by photoselective plastic films. J. Environ. Hort. 19:65-68.

Wilson, S.B., H. Jeongwook, C. Kubota, and T. Kozai. 2001. A forced ventilation micropropagation system for photoautotrophic production of sweetpotato plug plantlets in a scaled-up culture vessel. II. Carbohydrate status. HortTechnology 11:95-99.

Wilson, S.B., N.C. Rajapakse, and R.E. Young. 2000. Media composition and light affect storability and post storage recovery of micropropagated hosta plantlets. HortScience 35:1159-1162.

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