Bryan Peterson

Associate Professor of Environmental Horticulture

Degree: Ph. D. 2013, Iowa State University
Phone: 207.581.2918
Location: 418 Deering Hall

Professional Interests: Woody plant propagation, nursery production, evaluation of native taxa, invasive plants and their impacts, population genetics, phylogeography, systematics.

Teaching: PSE 325 Turfgrass and Groundcover Management, PSE 410 Plant Propagation, PSE 424 Nursery Management

Research: The overall objectives of my research are to identify, evaluate, and develop promising ornamental plants for New England landscapes, with a focus on the protection and responsible use of indigenous flora. I seek to characterize genetic diversity within high-priority taxa; to evaluate ecological and genetic security of natural genetic resources in relation to challenges like biological invasions; and to work toward the responsible selection, development, and release of new ornamental horticulture crops for New England’s nursery and landscape industry.

Recent Publications:

Peterson, B.J. and R.E. Moran. 2018. Plant growth and development. In: Dai, W. (ed.). Stress physiology of woody plants. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC (In press).

Hayes, D.J. and B.J. Peterson. Vegetative propagation of mountain fly honeysuckle (Lonicera villosa) by overhead mist and subirrigation. HortScience (In press).

Moran, R.E., B.J. Peterson, G. Fazio, and J. Cline. 2018. Genotypic variation in apple rootstock low temperature tolerance during spring and fall. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 143:319-332.

Peterson, B.J., S.E. Burnett, and O. Sanchez. 2018. Submist is effective for propagation of Korean lilac and inkberry by stem cuttings. HortTechnology 28:378-381.

Peterson, B.J., L. Stack, and D.J. Hayes. 2018. What do we know about the invasive potential of Lonicera caerulea cultivars in North America? Acta Hortic. 1191:129-137.

Peterson, B.J., S.E. Burnett, O. Sanchez, and D.J. Hayes. 2018. Comparison of four systems for propagation of coleus by stem cuttings. HortTechnology 28:143-148.

Peterson, B.J.; Graves, W.R. 2016.  Chloroplast phylogeography of Dirca palustris L. indicates populations near the glacial boundary at the Last Glacial Maximum in eastern North America.  J. Biogeogr. 43:314-327.

Peterson, B.J.; Graves, W.R. 2013. Responses to root-zone water content of shrub congeners from eastern North America and Mediterranean California. HortScience 48:715-719.

Peterson, B.J.; Graves, W.R. 2011. Reproductive ecology of Dirca palustris L. (Thymelaeaceae). Castanea 76:237-244.

Peterson, B.J.; Graves, W.R.; Sharma, J.  2011. Phenotypic and genotypic diversity of eastern leatherwood in five populations that span its geographic distribution. Am. Midl. Nat. 165:1-21.

Peterson, B.J.; Graves, W.R. 2009. Variation in development and response to root-zone pH among seedlings of Dirca palustris (Thymelaeaceae) from three provenances. HortScience 44:1319-1322.