Dr. Dean Kopsell
Professor / Chair
Dr. Dean Kopsell joined the Environmental Horticulture Department in September of 2017 as department chair, hailing from the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee where he held a 15% teaching, 85% research appointment. Dr. Kopsell received a BS degree is in agribusiness – horticulture in 1992 from Illinois State University. He received his MS degree in 1995 and his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Horticulture Department at the University of Georgia. Dr. Kopsell was an assistant professor in the Plant Biology Department at the University of New Hampshire from 2000-2004. He joined the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee in 2004. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and to full professor in 2013. Dr. Kopsell’s publication record includes over 100 journal articles, 6 book chapters, and 3 provisional patents. While a faculty member at UT, Dr. Kopsell's research program focused on the impacts of cultural, environmental, and genetic factors on the phytonutritional value of specialty crops. Another area of research was investigating the impacts of narrow-band wavelengths from light-emitting diodes (LED) on nutritionally important metabolites in specialty crops.
1545 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611
- The University of Georgia — Ph.D. in Horticulture, 1999
- The University of Georgia — M.S. in Horticulture, 1995
- Illinois State University — B.S. in Agri-business Horticulture, 1992
RECENT SERVICES AND HONORS
- Advisory council member for Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), target area: Managing Food Production Systems to Enhance Nutritional Outcomes.
- 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award given by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee.
- Research Division Vice President for the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). Vice President-elect, 2014-15; Vice President, 2015-17.
- 2014 Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award given by the Plant Growth Regulation Society of America
- 2013 J.E. Moss Achievement Award for Research given by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.
- 2011 Inductee to the Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology Academy of Achievement.
- 2010 Gamma Sigma Delta – The Honor Society of Agriculture Excellence in Research Award of Merit, University of Tennessee Chapter.