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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Dr. Andrew Koeser

Associate Professor of Environmental Horticulture

As a faculty member within the Center for Land Use Efficiency (CLUE), Dr. Andrew Koeser is charged with protecting and conserving Florida's natural resources by developing research-based, sustainable urban landscape practices.

Dr. Koeser works directly with arborists, landscapers, nursery growers, and urban foresters to both reduce the inputs and increase the ecological benefits associated with urban and residential greening.

Check out Dr. Koeser's Lab for more information on his current research efforts! 

  • Research

    Dr. Koeser’s research focus is sustainable landscape management.

    To be environmentally sustainable, nursery production and plant maintenance efforts must strive to:

    1. Reduce reliance on material and energy inputs
    2. Limit impacts on Florida’s natural systems
    3. Maximize a plants functional longevity

    More specifically, Dr. Koeser is interested in the following research areas:

    • Urban/Residential Tree Growth and Longevity
    • Environmental/Economic Costs and Benefits of Landscapes
    • Role of plants in Green Infrastructure
    • Qualitative and Quantitative Tree Risk Assessment
  • Extension

    Extension is UF/IFAS means for delivering useful, up-to-date scientific information to the general public and working professionals.

    Dr. Koeser's Extension program is intended to help home gardeners and industry professionals keep Florida’s urban landscapes green and vibrant in a manner that preserves the state’s natural systems.

    Current works range from fact sheets on identifying and caring for ornamental plants to larger, more technical references and job-aid applications on tree risk assessment.

  • Lab Team


    Lab Phone Number: 813-419-6593
    Staff Member Contact Information
    Brooke Anderson, OPS Field Tech  
    Zach Freeman, OPS Field Tech
    Elise Willis, Grad Student



Rm. 133
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
14625 County Road 672
Wimauma, FL 33598

  • Education


    • Ph.D. Crop Sciences (Horticulture and Biometry Emphases), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
    • M.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
    • B.S. Forestry (Urban Forestry Emphasis), University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 2005
  • Publications
  • Professional Service and Awards