Agriculture & Natural Resources

Program Personnel

Gordon Johnson

Extension Vegetable and Fruit Specialist


  • Ph.D., Plant Science
    University of Delaware
  • M.S. Horticulture – Vegetable Crops, 1984
    Clemson University
  • B.S. Agronomy – Field Crops, 1979
    University of Maryland

Areas of Responsibility

Liaison with and advisor to the vegetable and fruit industry in Delaware

Applied research in vegetable, fruit, and specialty horticulture crops:
Variety trials, advanced breeding material evaluation
Horticultural production methods
Adaptation research, new crops
New technologies

Extension programs for horticultural crops:
Targeted Trainings and Regulatory Updates
Production recommendations
On-farm research trials and demonstrations
Research dissemination

Contact Information
Phone: (302) 856-7303
Phone: (302) 856-2585 ext 590
Cell Phone: (302) 545-2397
Fax: (302) 856-1845
Email: Gordon Johnson


Emmalea Ernest

Associate Scientist – Vegetable Crops


  • Ph.D. candidate, Plant Science, current
    University of Delaware
  • M.S. Plant Breeding & Genetics, 2004
    Michigan State University
  • B.S. Horticulture, 2001
    The Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Responsibility

Vegetable variety trials and other applied vegetable research

Editor of the Weekly Crop Update newsletter

Lima bean breeding and genetics research

Contact Information
Phone: (302) 856-7303
Phone: (302) 856-2585 ext 587
Fax: (302)-856-1845
Email: Emmalea Ernest