Bruce Schaffer

Title - Professor

Department - Horticultural Sciences

Specialty - Environmental physiology of tropical plants

Telephone - 305-246-7001 Ext. 362

E-mail -



  • Ph.D., 1985: Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA -- Horticulture (Plant Physiology)
  • M.S., 1981: Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO -- Forest Biology
  • B.S., 1978: Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO -- Entomology (Zoology, 2nd Major)


  • Professor (1994 to present), University of Florida, Tropical Research & Education Center (TREC), Homestead, FL
  • Associate Center Director (2002 to 2006), University of Florida, TREC, Homestead, FL
  • Associate Professor (1990 to 1994), University of Florida, TREC, Homestead, FL
  • Assistant Professor (1985 to 1990), University of Florida, TREC, Homestead, FL
  • Post Doctoral Associate (1985), University of Heidelberg, Heidleberg, Germany


  • 100% Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecophysiology of subtropical and tropical horticultural crops, with emphasis on fruit crops; increasing compatibility between agricultural and natural ecosystems

Active Projects

  • Effects of Flooding on Physiology and Growth of of Tropical Fruit Trees
  • Preventing Iron Deficiency in Subtropical and Tropical Fruit Crops in Calcareous Soils with Foliar-applied Weak Acids
  • Monitoring Soil Water Dynamics and Flooding above a Shallow Water Table as Responses to Changes in Canal Stage [with Kati Migliaccio, UF-TREC (PI)]
  • Assessing Nutrient Leaching under Different Nutrient and Irrigation Management Practices [with Kati Migliaccio, UF-TREC (PI)]

Awards & Recognition

  • Fellow, American Society for Horticultural Sciences
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor
  • Phi Sigma, Biological Sciences Honor Society
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture
  • Xi Sigma Pi, Forestry Honor Society
  • Research Associate, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
  • Best Paper Award, Florida State Horticultural Society - 1989, 1991, 2000, 2009

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