University of Florida
Dr. Melanie Correll

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Melanie J. Correll

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Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
209 Frazier Rogers Hall , PO Box 110570 Gainesville, FL 32611
352-392-1864 ext. 209

Dr. Correll is developing tools to help plant breeders design new plant cultivars to feed the 9 Billion people by 2050.  These tools include the Next Generation of Crop models that link plant genetic information to their physiological traits (i.e., their phenotype) across targeted environments.  In order to build and improve these models, Correll works with an interdisciplinary team of geneticists, plant breeders, agronomists, computer scientists, and statisticians.

The models that are developed through her program can use field data with over a million data points and require over 10,000 simulation events, so her work firmly fits into the BIG DATA category. Much of her work is performed on the HiPerGator, the high performance computing center at the University of Florida.

As climate changes, crop systems will be under tremendous stresses such as heat or drought stress so plant breeders are working hard to develop genotypes that are adapted to these stresses. The models developed by Correll can shorten the time for plant breeders to develop their cultivars by allowing them the ability to optimize the genetics of the plant for targeted environments without performing costly and time consuming field experiments.

Associate Professor

Dr. Correll specializes in integrating plant genetic, phenotype and environment information into crop simulation models.


  • ABE 3000c Applications of Biological Engineering
  • ABE 4662 Quantification of Biological Processes
  • ABE4905 Industrial Hygiene


  • NASA-project in development with Dr. John Z. Kiss (Miami University, OH) to be performed on the International Space Station to study the effects of light and gravity on plant form.
  • DNA-microarrays to study the effects of light on root gene expression patterns.
  • Root growth and development.


  • Ph.D. Biochemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA
  • B.S. Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Clemson University, SC

Professional Experience

  • 2010-Present: Associate Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, University of Florida
  • 2004-2010: Assistant Professor, ABE Department, University of Florida
  • 2001-2004: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Botany, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • 1999-2000: Teaching Assistant, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Awards and Honors

  • ASABE Florida Section Teacher of the Year 2016
  • Theta Tau Mentor Recognition (2008)
  • NASA and European Space Agency Award (2007)
  • ASABE Florida Section Young Researcher (2007)
  • Travel Award American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Danielli Award in Biology and Biotechnology
  • USDA National Needs Fellowship
  • Arvid Anderson Fellowship
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Needs Fellowship

Other Professional Activities

  • Sigma Xi
  • American Society of Plant Biologists