Matthew Wallhead

Extension Ornamental Horticulture Specialist and Assistant Professor of Horticulture


Degree: Ph.D. 2016, University of New Hampshire
Phone: 207.581.2949
Location: 495 College Avenue


Professional Interests: ornamental horticulture, precision horticulture, remote sensing, UAVs, GIS, plant pathology

Teaching: PSE 100 Plant Science

Research: Matt Wallhead is the Ornamental Horticulture Specialist with Cooperative Extension and Assistant Professor of Horticulture in the School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine. He conducts applied research that responds to the needs of Maine’s ornamental horticulture industry and educates growers on management practices that will enable them to increase production efficiency and profitability. Current projects include the evaluation of laser-guided air-assisted sprayers for commercial nurseries and Christmas tree farms, applications of small unmanned aerial systems for precision horticulture, and decision support system development and adaptive implementation for nurseries and greenhouses.

Recent Publications:

Xiao, L., Zhu, H., Wallhead, M., Horst, L., Ling, P. and Krause, M. 2018. Characterization of biological pesticides with hydraulic nozzles. Transactions of the ASABE. In press.

Wallhead, M., Zhu, H. and Broders, K. 2017. Hyperspectral evaluation of Venturia inaequalis management using the disease predictive model RIMpro in the northeastern U.S. Agricultural Sciences 8, 1352-1371.

Wallhead, M. and Zhu, H. 2017. Decision support systems for plant disease and insect management in commercial nurseries in the Midwest: A perspective review. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 35, 84-92.

Wallhead, M., Zhu, H., Sulik, J. and Stump, W. 2017. A workflow for extracting plot-level biophysical indicators from aerially acquired multispectral imagery. Plant Health Progress 18, 95-96.

Salgado, J. D., Wallhead, M. W., Madden, L. V., and Paul, P. A. 2011. Grain harvesting strategies to minimize grain quality losses due to Fusarium head blight in wheat. Plant Disease 95, 1448-1457.

Broders, K. D.,Wallhead, M. W., Austin, G. D., Lipps, P. E., Paul, P. A., Mullen, R. W., Dorrance, A. E. 2009. Association of soil chemical and physical properties with Pythium species diversity, community composition, and disease incidence. Phytopathology 99, 957-967.