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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Brian Pearson

Assistant Professor of Landscape, Ornamental and Protected Crop Management



Phone: 407-814-6186

Brian Pearson is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida. Pearson is a true horticulturalist, studying the production of plants for food, materials, comfort and beauty. Pearson’s research is two-fold, focusing on medicinal crop production and landscape and ornamental plant management. Pearson’s Medicinal Horticulture Lab examines the role of plants in producing consumable, holistic products for consumers, and includes work with industrial hemp, yaupon, hops, butterfly pea and other Florida native plants. On the landscape and ornamental plant management side, Pearson broadly focuses on the impact of landscape practices on water quality and quantity, aiming to understand how Florida landscapes impact Florida’s natural resources and long-term sustainability. Pearson’s diverse research program earned him an American Society for Horticultural Science Early Career and Professional Leadership Award along with the city of Apopka’s Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award.

  • Publications


    • Saha, D.g, S. Marble, J. Pearson, H. Perez, G. MacDonald, and D. Odero, 2019. Emergence of garden spurge (Euphorbia maculata) and large crabgrass (Digitaria sanguianlis) in response to different physical properties and depths of common mulch materials. WeedTechnology 1-8.
    • Saha, DG., S.C. Marble, J. Pearson, H.E. Perez, G.E. MacDonald, and D.C. Odero, 2019. Assessing herbicide movement through mulch materials to improve weed control in landscape planting beds. HortTechnology 29:889-897. https://doi/10.21273/HORTTECH04432-19
    • Stewart, CG., S.C. Marble, B.E. Jackson, Pearson, C. Wilson, and D.K. Lauer, 2019. Influence of pine bark substrate age on performance and leaching of nursery preemergence herbicides. HortScience 54:896-902.
    • Saha, DG., S.C. Marble, J. Pearson, H.E. Perez, G.E. MacDonald, and D.C. Odero, 2019. Mulch type and depth, herbicide formulation, and post-application irrigation volume influence on control of common landscape weed species. HortTechnology 29:65-77.
    • Stewart, C.G, S.C. Marble, B.E. Jackson, Pearson, and C. Wilson, 2019. Effects of three fertilization methods on weed growth and herbicide performance in soilless nursery substrates. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. 36:133-139.
    • Pearson, B.J. and R.M. Smithg, 2018. Effect of Humulus lupulus cultivar on first-year growth and strobile yield utilizing a tall-trellis production system in Florida, United States. Acta Horticulturae. 1205: 497-504.

    Reviewed EDIS Publications

  • Awards & Recognition
    • Roche Teaching Scholar, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, 2020
    • Extension Division Education Materials Award, American Society for Horticultural Science, 2018
    • Educator Award,North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, 2017
    • Young/Early Career Faculty and Professional Leadership Competition, American Society for Horticultural Science, 2016
    • Innovation Award, Apopka Chamber of Commerce, 2016
    • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award 2014, Nominee
  • Education
    • Ph.D., Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, 2011
    • M.S., Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida, 2004
    • B.A., Environmental Science, University of Florida, 2003