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Maria Navarro

Maria Navarro, an associate professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has worked in many countries on projects related to hunger and poverty and brings this international experience to her UGA classes.

Rob Shewfelt

Rob Shewfelt, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Food Science and Technology, wants his students to be able to apply class concepts to real-world situations in the food industry.

David Berle

David Berle, an associate professor of horticulture, won the 2011 Scholarship of Engagement Award for his public service and outreach work and the service-learning opportunities he has provided to students.

Ron Walcott

Through his teaching, research and outreach, professor of plant pathology Ron Walcott aims to inspire students to be part of the solution to producing the food required to feed the world’s growing population. 

Peggy Ozias-Akins

Peggy Ozias-Akins, professor in the College of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences and director of UGA’s Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, works to inspire students to be inquisitive and seek reliable information to guide their thinking.

Michael Strand

Regents Professor Michael Strand says a big part of teaching for him, particularly at the graduate level, is helping individuals become good scientists for the future.

Franklin West

Franklin West, an assistant professor in the animal and dairy science department, wants to help students recapture their love and enthusiasm for science.

Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle, director of UGA’s Center for Food Safety, helps the food industry—from the farm to your fork—produce safe food while also educating students and consumers.

Stanley Culpepper

Stanley Culpepper, a professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and an extension weed scientist, travels the state and the world sharing research results that promote agricultural productivity and sustainability.

Nancy Hinkle

Nancy Hinkle, professor of veterinary entomology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, conducts research and outreach at the intersection of human health and veterinary medicine.

Brian Schwartz and Wayne Hanna

Associate professor Brian Schwartz and professor Wayne Hanna develop turfgrass, ornamental and forage crop cultivars that benefit farmers and almost everyone who has a lawn, plays sports or enjoys a walk in the park.

Marin Brewer

Marin Talbot Brewer, assistant professor of plant pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, uses her research on fungi to solve problems affecting our foods, fibers and forests.

Kylee Duberstein

Kylee Duberstein, an associate professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, conducts research and gives students hands-on research experiences in equine nutrition and animal biomechanics.