Ph.D. Student in Environmental Horticulture
Shea Keene is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Horticulture Department. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida. Originally planning on entering medical school, Shea followed a pre-medical track throughout her undergraduate career. During her final semester, however, she realized she was not happy in the medical field. She decided to scrap her medical school applications and instead applied for several horticultural internships, as she had found a love for plants and gardening in the preceding years. During the fall of 2014, Shea lived on the island of Kaua’i and completed an internship at the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Upon her return to Florida, she gained employment at Bok Tower Gardens and worked full-time as a gardener for all of 2015. While there, the Director of Horticulture introduced her to UF professor Dr. Kimberly Moore, who recommended graduate school and the Environmental Horticulture Department. Shea applied and was accepted as a graduate student by Dr. Thomas Colquhoun. She completed her master’s degree in Environmental Horticulture in December of 2017 and started her doctoral program in January of 2018. Shea’s research interests include floral volatile analysis and consumer preference studies.