University of Florida

Esen Momol

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program Director

Environmental Horticulture Dept.
University of Florida
114 Mehrhof Hall, P.O. Box 110675
Gainesville FL 32611-0675

Phone: (352) 273-4520
Fax: (352) 392-1413

Curriculum Vitae (50KB pdf)

Professional Background


  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology (Univ. FL)
  • M.S. Plant Pathology (Univ. FL)
  • B.A. Pharmacy (University of Ege)


Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) is the emphasis of my extension program. FFL applies scientific principles to design and maintain attractive and sustainable landscapes that also conserve water and protect natural resources. Of the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, the first is "right plants, right place," which minimizes the need for supplemental water, fertilizer, and pesticide application.  Turfgrasses, native, and non-native plants can all have useful and beneficial places in FFL landscapes, provided they are planted in the right place and are maintained according to the other key principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™:  efficient watering, appropriate fertilization, mulching, attracting wildlife, managing yard pests responsibly, recycling yard waste, reducing storm water runoff, and protecting the waterfront.

Work Experience

  • Director, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Program University of Florida- June 27, 2008-present
  • Environmental Scientist/Project Manager - Florida Department of Environmental Protection, March 23, 2001-June 26, 2008
  • Research Associate- Cornell University, September 1994–January 2000
  • Chairperson - Biotechnology Department, Akdeniz University, 1993-1994
  • Assistant Professor- Akdeniz University, 1992-1994

Esen Momol