We focus on the interaction of plants, soils and the use of land for the mutual benefit of people and sustainable environments. Our students acquire knowledge leading to successful careers through hands-on learning and internships.

PSLA in the News

  • HortClub Tour of Geremia Greenhouse:

    Last week the HortClub visited Geremia Greenhouse in Wallingford, CT with Dr. Raudales. It was a great time for all!

    Check out these photos of some of our members.

  • CAHNR,


    Below is the link for the 2016 Annual UConn Turfgrass Science Research Report:




    On behalf of the Turfgrass Science faculty, staff, and students, we thank you for your continued support for our program.



  • Career Development Opportunity for up to three PSLA students:


    All the PMA Career Pathways program (http://www.growingtalentbypma.org/programs-and-events/career-pathways-program) has invited up to three UConn PSLA students to participate in the Career Pathways at NEPC Annual Produce and Floral Expo in Boston next September (11-13th) (http://www.growingtalentbypma.org/programs-and-events/career-pathways-program/programs).


    This has been a unique opportunity for our students in recent years. The purpose of the event is to expose students to career opportunities in the fresh produce and floral industry and to recruit and train future employees.


    If you are interested in participating please contact Richard McAvoy richard.mcavoy@uconn.edu before April 21st. Names of student participants must be submitted by that date.


    This is a first-class, all-expense paid program! 

  • Xerces Society’s Conservation Biological Control Short Course

    Come learn a science-based strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects for natural pest control!

    Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT

    4-H Education Center at Auer Farm, 158 Auer Farm Rd., Bloomfield, CT

    To register and read course agenda follow the link below:



  • PSLA Seminar: Communicating Contentious Issues with a Concerned Public - Focus on Biotechnology by Dr. Kevin Folta

    4/3/17 Join us for the seminar at the Dodd Center on Monday, April 3rd. Dr. Folta has been involved with various aspects of science communication, with a particular emphasis on biotechnology. Click here for more information.

  • PSLA Seminar: Exploiting chemical ecology and plant behavior for developing sustainable crop protection strategies for Africa by Dr. Zeyaur Khan

    3-30-17 The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture hosted a seminar by renowned  scientist Dr. Zeyaur Khan on the revolutionary new biocontrol strategy he and his team developed  for pesticide-free control of both insects and weeds using native perennial forage species as both deterrents and trap crops.  The system was developed  to improve the production of corn and forage by African farmers. Click here to read the Daily Campus article.

  • Read about undergraduate student Gabriel DeRosa

    2-15-17 Gabe DeRosa recently completed a UConn study abroad experience in Florence, Italy at the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai. Here he participated in the College’s Sustainable Food and Environmental Systems Program. His experience was featured in a recent article of Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.

  • Invasive Species article in IPM Insights

    2-1-17 Donna Ellis, Senior Extension Educator, was featured in an article on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and invasive species in the latest issue of IPM Insights and talks about her work with non-native, invasive plants.


  • Read about undergraduates Jacob Gardner and Peter Apicella

    1-25-17 CAHNR horticulture students Peter Apicella and Jacob Griffith Gardner were among the fall 2016 IDEA Grant recipients. As part of IDEA group projects, they will direct breeding efforts of Aronia, a fruit bearing shrub. Click here to read more.

  • Meet CAHNR Alumna Rachel Holden

    1-24-17 Rachel Holden is a CAHNR alumna who majored in animal science and minored in horticulture. She is currently a graduate student in agricultural education. She was recently featured in Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.

  • Professor Ana Legrand collaborates with Cuban researchers

    1-18-17 Five College faculty members, including Dr. Ana Legrand, traveled to Cuba last week for a networking event at the Institute of Animal Science (ICA) in furtherance of the Cuba Research Initiative. Click here to read about their collaboration in the article recently featured in Naturally@UConn.

  • Read about undergraduate student Christian Allyn

    12-09-16 Christian Allyn is a horticulture and resource economics major that is in the process of developing his own invasive plant consulting business. He was recently featured in an article of Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.

  • Read about Professor Ana Legrand

    11-28-16 Northeast IPM Insights ran an article by Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand and Associate Cooperative Extension Educator German Cutz about an urban agriculture program where the training includes Integrated Pest Management information. Legrand is associated with the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture while Cutz is part of the Department of Extension. Click here to read the article.

  • Meet PSLA Alumna Susan K. Brown

    10-14-16 After graduating with one undergraduate degree in plant science, Susan K. Brown went on to obtain two advanced degrees, hold three concurrent academic titles and develop four trademarked apple varieties. She was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.

  • Read the Hartford Courant article "Getting Through Another Season of Fallen Leaves".

    10-12-16 Plant Science and Landscape Architecture's Dr. John Inguagiato, Assistant Professor Turfgrass Pathology, and Carol Quish, Home and Garden Center Program Aid, were featured in the Hartford Courant article "Getting Through Another Season of Fallen Leaves". Click here to read the article and see what they had to say about raking leaves and protecting your lawn.

  • Congratulations to Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis

    10-11-16 PSLA Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis received the Leslie J. Mehrhoff Award at the October 11, 2016 Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group Symposium.


  • Read about the 2016 Turfgrass Field Day!

    09-15-16 Turfgrass Field Day was held Tuesday, July 19, at the Plant Science Research and Teaching Facility. The Field Day is an opportunity for UConn researchers to present their latest findings and make recommendations for best practices to professionals in the turfgrass industry. The event was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn and in morningagclips.com. Click here to read the article in Naturally@UConn and here for morningagclips.com.  


  • Read About Graduate Student David Moore

    09-12-16 David Moore is a Master's student in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture who is studying soil nutrient cycling in turfgrass systems. He was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn, click here to read the article.

  • Read "The Road to Native Vegetation in Highway Design" featuring Graduate Student John Campanelli and Professor Yulia Kuzovkina-Eischen

    09-02-16 The latest issue of UConn Today featured an article about graduate student, John Campanelli, who is working to commercialize software he developed to make roadside native plant projects more successful. Click here to read the article.

  • Read about Alumnus Andrew Nisbet  

    08-31-16 The latest issue of Golf Industry News featured four students that graduated from different turf programs located throughout the US. Graduates were nominated, and selected to attend a week long all-expense paid trip to the Future Sports Turf Managers Program sponsored by the Jacobson Company. Andrew Nisbet class of 2016 was one of the four students featured. Click here to read the article.

  • Meet Alumnus Kyle Pretka

    08-31-16 Kyle Pretka is an alumni of UConn who majored in landscape architecture that is now currently living in sunny San Diego. He designs skateboard parks for California RampWorks. He was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn, click here to read his interview.

  • Meet Graduate Student Rania El-Tanbouly

    7-27-16 Rania El-Tanbouly is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. After an education in landscape gardening, Rania traveled from Egypt to study plant biotechnology at UConn. She was recently featured in an article for Naturally@UConn. Click here to read her interview.

  • Landscape Architecture Graduate Designs Street Course for X Games

    07-20-16 UConn Landscape Architecture 2014 graduate Kyle Pretka designs the Street Course for the 2016 X Games (Austin, Texas). Click here for a link to his website with a write up and additional photos of the course.


  • Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis leads guided walk

    07-15-16 Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis led a guided invasive plant walk at Steep Rock Preserve in Washington, CT on July 14.  Click here for a News Times article and photos from the event.

  • Read about CAHNR plant scientists

    07-08-16 UConn plant scientist Carol Auer is leading a team of researchers, including postdoctoral fellow Chuan-Jie Zhang and graduate student Richard Rizzitello, studying interactions between a genetically modified crop and the environment. Click here to read the article.

  • Read about CAHNR graduate student Juan Cabrera

    06-23-16 Graduate student Juan Cabrera was featured on Naturally@UConn. Click here to read his interview.

  • UConn's Donna Ellis and Ana Legrand appeared on the TV show CT Style

    06-09-16 Senior Extension Educator Donna Ellis and Assistant Extension Professor Ana Legrand were guests on the WTNH TV show CT Style on May 17.  They talked about what to plant in the garden to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to improve wildlife habitat. Click here to watch the video on "What You Should Plant to Help the Local Eco-System."

  • Congratulations to Jake Schloss!

    06-08-16 Congratulations to recent Turfgrass graduate, Jake Schloss, for landing a job in his chosen career field.

  • Congratulations to Samantha Rojas!

    06-08-16 Congratulations to horticulture student Samantha Rojas for her article being featured on CAHNR Naturally@UConn. Click here to read the article: Tree Campus benefits trees & students. 

  • Congratulations to the Landscape Architecture graduates, class of 2016!

  • Congratulations Yilan Jian, Michael Bruno, Guang Zhou, Myles Simon, and Yuting Liu!

    06-08-16 Congratulations to the five students who were awarded a UConn Community Research & Design Scholarship for their contributions to the Storrs Center Public Spaces Plan and other community design outreach projects are Yilan Jian (not pictured) and Michael Bruno, Guang Zhou, Myles Simon, Yuting Liu.

  • Landscape architecture students develop design plans for Ashford

    05-10-16 Students in John Alexopoulos’s Junior Design Studio did a four-week project providing design ideas that concentrated on town identity, safety and sustainability. The study includes solutions for redeveloping the commercial district of Route 74 and the village district along Route 44. Click here for more details.

  • Congratulations to Andrew Nisbet!

    05-05-16 Congratulations to graduating senior, Andrew Nisbet, who has been awarded an all-expense paid trip to the Jacobsen Future Turf Managers Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina. Andrew will attend the seminar from May 23-26.  Graduating seniors from turf programs from throughout the U.S. are eligible to be nominated. Andrew is the seventh UCONN turf student to have received this honor.

  • Congratulations to Steven Rackliffe, Joan Allen, and Carol Quish!

    04-20-16 UConn's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and Alumni Association have a long history of recognizing outstanding and distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and supporters. For the seventh year, the College is pleased to partner with the Alumni Association in recognizing these individuals. Congratulations to PSLA faculty members and staff, Steven Rackliffe, for being the recipient of UCAHNRAA Excellence in Teaching Award, Joan Allen for being the recipient of Arland R. Meade Communications Award, and Carol Quish for being the recipient of Alpha Chi Chapter Award. 

  • Congratulations Brandon Coe!

    04-13-16 Congratulations to PSLA undergraduate student Brandon Coe on being selected as the 2015 Undergraduate Intern of the Year, Third Place, by the Center for Career Deve lopment. He showed vast growth in his internship with the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygin, Wisconsin.

  • Congratulations Robert Losee!

    Robert Losee of Woodsbridge (right) is congratulated by National FFA Officer Caleb Gustin on being named the national winner in the Nursery Operations Proficiency award area at the National FFA Convention, held October 28-31 in Louisville, Kentucky. Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience. Losee is majoring in horticulture and plans to own his own greenhouse nursery business.

    • LA@UConn Portfolio Nite

      Professional landscape architects (many UConn alumni) spend a nite with current LA students to help them prepare their portfolios for use when job hunting.

      • HORT 4650: Plant Tissue Culture

        Sharing their expertise with the community.  PSLA students in HORT 4650 Plant Tissue Culture teach high school students from The Learning Clinic Rolling Ridge how to aseptically propagate orchids.Sharing their expertise with the community.  

        • Congratulations to Mary Concklin!

          Mary Concklin received the Outstanding Service Award from the Connecticut Pomological Society.

  • Scholarship Opportunity!

    Nauset Garden Club is offering $5,000 scholarships, see attached for details.

  • Congratulations Annette Montoya! 

    03-02-16 Congratulations to PSLA undergraduate student Annette Montoya on being selected for the 2016 Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship. The Army Women’s Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the role it plays in personal, professional and economic fulfillment. The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program provides grants to women soldiers, past and present, and their lineal descendants to help them attain their educational goals. 

    NBC Connecticut News. (video) 12-16- 15. Depicted Jessica Lubell-Brand, an associate professor in plant science and landscape architecture, as she described what recent warm weather is doing to plants in Connecticut.

    Waterbury Republican American. 12-25-15. Reported that Assistant Extension Educator Dawn Pettinelli and the Home and Garden Education Center are getting more calls asking what to do with rhododendron, magnolia and forsythia that are budding out and blooming because of unseasonably warm weather.

    UConn Today. 12-31-15. Highlighted the research of Huanzhong Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, in its look back at 12 important UConn research projects of 2015. A posting from this blog was linked to the article.

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