Meet Your Commercial Horticulture Agent

Tatiana Sanchez, DPM

I am Tatiana Sanchez, DPM, the Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office. I’m originally from Colombia, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Upon graduation, I worked on the evaluation of biological and synthetic products in the control of fungal diseases affecting cut flower production of main export products like marigolds, rose and carnation.

I chose to pursue my graduated studies in Florida as agriculture represents one of the major economic forces of the state and, its geographical location allows for a wide variety of crops and production systems to learn about. I graduated in 2014 with a Doctorate in Plant Medicine from the University of Florida, where I learned to identify and manage a variety of issues affecting plant health including insect pests, diseases, nematodes and nutritional deficiencies. During my graduate studies, I had the opportunity to work for an agrichemical company on efficacy trials for disease and pest control by using plant activators, biologicals and pesticides. Through this experience, I became acquainted to work with a wide array of diseases and pests affecting vegetable crops.

Before I joined the Extension Office, I was working as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Plant Pathology investigating Fusarium wilt affecting watermelon production in north-central Florida. This experience led me to work closely with growers which increased my understanding of agricultural production systems and prompted me to develop a passion for extension.

I am looking forward to helping you in resolving any issues you may encounter in commercial horticulture. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Tatiana Sanchez, DPM, Commercial Horticulture Agent

Questions? Email Tatiana