2001 Auburn University Ph.D. Horticulture
1998 Austin Peay State University M.S. Biology
1996 University of Tennessee-Martin B.A. Biology (cum laude)
2011 American Citizen Planner, Michigan State University MCP
Master Citizen Planner
2009 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities GRP
Certified Green Roof Professional
Research and Professional Experience
Appointment: Associate Research and Extension Professor in Urban Horticulture. (90% Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station and 10% Mississippi State University Extension Service)
Research Leadership: Lead scientist, research coordinator, and administrator of the Beaumont Horticultural Unit, a 20-acre vegetable branch experiment station in Perry County, MS.
Extension Leadership: Co-Principal of the Center for Urban Rural Interface Studies, which provides resources and support for citizens, planners, and communities on agricultural, economic, and disaster-preparedness issues.
Research and Extension Interests:
Topics in Urban Horticulture including Edible Landscaping, Horticulture Therapy, Home Gardening, Green Roofs, High Tunnel Production, Agricultural Planning, and Small Farm Development
Topics in Community Food including Local Food Systems, Community Gardening, Urban Agriculture, Food Policy, and Hunger Advocacy.
Affiliations and Service
American Society for Horticultural Science, Local Foods Working Group;
International Plant Propagators’ Society;
American Planning Association, Food Interest Group, Research Subcommittee;
Mississippi Food Policy Council, Farm-to-School Subcommittee;
Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Advisory Committee;
Community Food Security Coalition;
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Research Program Committee
Loaves and Fishes, Inc., Board Member