Bryan Peterson


🚜 Agriculture, 🕸Ecology, 🌲 Forests, 👩‍🌾 Gardening, 🪴 Horticulture, 🌱 Nursery and greenhouse management🌷 Ornamental plants

Peterson is an expert on ornamental native and nonnative plants used in New England’s horticultural landscapes. His research focuses on collection, propagation, and evaluation of indigenous woody plants that have commercial potential as ornamental or food crops; selecting adaptable cultivars of widespread plant species for use by the horticulture industry; evaluation of nonnative plants for invasive potential; and the causes and consequences of plant invasions. Visit Peterson’s biography to learn more.

A bubble chart demonstrating a 50% research 50% teaching appointment split.
Peterson balances time between teaching (50%) courses about Turfgrass and Groundcover Management, Plant Propagation, and Nursery Management, and research (50%) on the development of promising ornamental plants for New England landscapes, with a focus on the protection and responsible use of indigenous flora.

Appointment details

Peterson’s work is supported by:

  • School of Food and Agriculture at the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
  • Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station

Experiment Station contributions

  • Current project: Sustainable Practices, Economic Contributions, Consumer Behavior, and Labor Management in the U.S. Environmental Horticulture Industry. Hatch Multistate project number ME032106.