Dr. Kimberly Moore
Associate Center Director and Professor
Dr. Moore’s research, teaching, and extension programs focus on sustainable nutrient management solutions for ornamental plants. Her lab investigates the use of alternative growing substrates as well as plant response to irrigation water high in salts (from reclaimed wastewater to salt water due to saltwater intrusion). She collaborates with researchers and industry leaders to evaluate bedding plants and rose cultivar performance in her trial gardens on site.
Research: Sustainable plant production
Dr. Moore conducts applied research on the use of alternative growing substrates (like compost) and alternative water sources (reclaimed wastewater) to grow containerized ornamental plants. With droughts as well as increased saltwater intrusion, growers are faced with potential water restrictions. To reduce saltwater intrusion, cities are reducing well-field pumping and pursuing alternative water supplies like wastewater. There are prospective savings to using wastewater assuming growers concerns about salt levels are addressed. Damage due to salts (from over-fertilization, wastewater, or salt water) can impact the production of bedding plants and foliage plants. There is clear potential for increased use of reclaimed wastewater to grow containerized ornamental plants but there remain some barriers. Reclaimed wastewater qualities tend to vary from city to city and the salt content of reclaimed water tends to be higher than potable water. It is evident from previous research that plant response is varied to reclaimed wastewater and growth appears to be related to electrical conductivity (EC) levels as well as sodium (Na) levels.
Dr. Moore teaches online courses as part of the Environmental Horticulture Department curriculum. She currently teaches Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry and Nutritional Management of Nursery Crops in addition to Advanced Nutritional Management and Getting Published in Horticulture. She has MS and PhD students working in her lab and serves on graduate committees for Environmental Horticulture, Soil and Water Science, Agronomy and Entomology students. She is the director of the Environmental Horticulture Management undergraduate certificate and chairs the Environmental Horticulture department academic programs committee.
Extension: Statewide sustainable solutions
Dr. Moore is a regular presenter for the National Garden Club Association as well as for various master gardener training programs in the state of Florida. She presents on general botany, soil health, plant nutrition, diagnosing nutritional disorders, water conversation, composting, plant variety trials, and other topics related to her area of expertise. She also is a presenter in the Broward County school system working with the Global scholar’s program to educate middle school students on science, technology, and mathematics.
- Trial Garden
Lab Member Information
- Luci Fisher, Biological Scientist II
- Maria Rose-Voge, Grad Student
- Anthony Gross. Grad Student
- Givanna Roper, Grad Student
- Shuang Zhou, Grad Student
- Lorna Bravo. Grad Student
- Claire Pierce, Undergrad Student
- PhD - Horticulture, Iowa State University, 1995
- M.S. - Horticulture, Iowa State University, 1992
- B.S. - Environmental Science and Botany, minor inChemistry, Eastern Illinois University, 1990
- Curriculum Vitae
Professional Service and Awards
- American Society of Horticulture Science (president-elect, president, chairman) - 2020-2023USDA-NIFA Southern Region Teaching Excellence - 2018
- American Society of Horticulture Science (ASHS) Fellow - 2016
- University of Florida Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars – 2014
- American Society of Horticulture Science (ASHS) Outstanding Graduate Educator – 2014
- North American College and Teachers of Agriculture Southern Regional Outstanding Teacher – 2014
- North American College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Fellow – 2011