Dr. Mark Czarnota is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. He is located at the Griffin Experiment Station in Griffin, Georgia. He has a 60% research appointment, 40% extension appointment, and covers all aspects of weed control in ornamentals, orchard floor management, small fruits, and Christmas trees. He received his BS degree from The University of Delaware, MS at Virginia Tech, and PhD at Cornell University. Dr. Czarnota began his weed science career in high school while having the opportunity to work under the direction of Robert Beatty. Robert was a good friend, founder of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). His research interests focus on applied weed management systems. He has authored or co-authored 26 refereed journal and book chapters, 50 extension publications, has made over 250 presentations at professional, extension, and master gardener meetings, and has generated over a million dollars in grant money. Dr. Czarnota is a native of Pennsylvania and has been married to his wife Robin for 21 years. They have 2 children, Zachary (16) and Zoe (12), and 9 dogs. His major hobbies include gardening, weight training, Taekwondo, woodworking, welding, and enjoying time with the family!
Dr. Czarnota’s current projects include determining damage threshold values of dicamba, glyphosate, triclopyr, 2,4-D, and imazapyr in blueberries, peaches, and pecan. Evaluating herbicides for use in ornamentals, blueberries, and strawberries, Propagation of Fraser Fir by Somactic Embryogenesis.
One interesting fact I would like to share is that I grew up in Cochranville, PA (Southeast corner) – A small town with less than 400 people that had many different agricultural system (dairy, beef cattle, ornamentals, vegetables, fruit, lots of different row crops). Spent many of my summer days playing baseball (all day) and many winter evening playing ice hockey – Some fond memories of days before cell phones and computers that still bring a smile to my face!