Dr. Samuel Martins
Phone: (352) 273-4649
Office: 2413 Fifield Hall
2550 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL, 32611
A native of Brazil, I earned my B.S. in Agronomy from the Federal University of Lavras Brazil, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology from the same institution, with part of his Ph.D. completed at the University of Delaware. From 2015 to 2017 I served as an Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Goias Brazil, where I taught IPM and General Plant Pathology and spent the next 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher at Penn State University. At Penn State I was engaged in research involving blotch on mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) with the ultimate goal of providing the industry with biologically based disease management tactics to add to the environmental management practices already in place.
I joined the UF Department of Plant Pathology in 2020 as an Assistant Professor, with responsibilities in teaching (50%) and research (50%). I teach the courses PLP2000: Plants, Plagues & People, IDS 2935 What Are Plants Talking About? (SP2022) as well as Tropical Plant Pathology (FS2022). My research focuses on assessing, manipulating and extracting bacteria from the phytobiome to manage plant disease, improve nutrient uptake and diminish the impact of abiotic stress. I am broadly interested in crop diseases caused by bacteria, seed-microbial interactions, microbiome and biocontrol.
2012-2016 Ph.D. in Plant Pathology. Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
2010-2012 M.S. in Plant Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
2006-2010 B.S. in Agronomy. Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
My research interests focus on assessing, manipulating and extracting bacteria from the phytobiome to manage plant disease, improve nutrient uptake and diminish the impact of abiotic stress, such as drought, by increasing the water use efficiency. I am broadly interested in crop diseases caused by bacteria, seed-microbial interactions, microbiome and biocontrol.
2021 - Rising Star Award. Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Florida, USA
2018 - Laurence D. and Mary Ann Moore Faculty and Staff Award in Plant Pathology (Outstanding Postdoc). Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Pennsylvania State University, USA
2017 - Best Ph.D. Dissertation Defended in 2016. Department of Plant Pathology, Federal University of Lavras, Brazil.
2012 - Alltech’s Young Scientist Award. Alltech Lexington, KY, USA.