Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Caroline Warwick
The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center is proud to congratulate Brian Pearson on his tenure and promotion to full professor in the Department of Environmental Horticulture.
“My ability to be successful at MREC is due to the support, encouragement, and leadership from the amazing people I get work with and learn from every day at our center,” Pearson said. “I’m truly honored to obtain tenure at MREC and I look forward to continuing my efforts to ensure its continued future success.”
Pearson has been at MREC since 2005, where he has assumed many roles, working for the university and doing double duty while pursuing his doctorate through the Employee Education Program.
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.