Horticultural Sciences Department

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Dr. Mercy A. Olmstead

Office:2135 Fifield Hall
For more information, visit Dr. Olmstead's website. 

Assistant Professor

UF/IFAS Plant Innovation Center Member

Areas of Research

  • Optimization of stone fruit production practices
  • Nitrogen management of subtropical peaches
  • Cultural practices to optimize peach flavor
  • Nutrition management in muscadine grapes
  • Genetics of RKN resistance in Flordaguard Rootstock

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Horticulture, Michigan State University (2004)
  • M.S., Horticulture, Washington State University (2000)
  • B.S., Horticulture, Michigan State University (1998)

Teaching Responsibilities

Extension Programs

  • Maintain active relationship with county and regional extension agents regarding important production issues in stone fruit and wine grapes.
  • Disseminate information relative to stone fruit production in Florida via extension publications (EDIS)
  • Present relevant research and production information at field days and commodity meetings
  • Author and maintain the UF Stone Fruit Extension Website

Work and International Experiences

  • Stone Fruit Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, University of Florida (2009 – present)
  • Viticulture Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, Washington State University (2005-2009)
  • Director, Viticulture and Enology Certificate Program, Washington State University (2006 – 2009)
  • Viticulture Extension Specialist, Washington State University Cooperative Extension (2004 – 2005)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Michigan State University (2000-2004)
  • Agricultural Research Technician I, USDA-ARS, Prosser, WA (2000)

Honors and Awards

  • Early Career Scientist Award, University of Florida (2014)
  • Fruit Publication Award, American Society for Horticultural Science, Scottsdale, AZ (2007)
  • Best Student Poster in Symposium, International Horticultural Congress XXVI, Toronto, Canada (2002)

Program Personnel 

  • Moshe Doron, Biological Scientist
  • Mary Ann Maquilan, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Zilfina Rubio-Ames, Ph.D. Student
  • Carlos Zambrano-Vaca, Ph.D. Student
  • Elizabeth Conlan, M.S. Student

Selected Publications