Dr. Amir Ali Khoddamzadeh is an environmental horticulturist in Agroecology Program, Department of Earth and Environment (E&E). He is affiliated with International Center for Tropical Botany at the Kampong Botanic Garden within the Institute of Environment, an FIU Preeminent Program and is a Research Associate at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Dr. Khoddamzadeh is an associate teaching professor and undergraduate program director of the E&E Department, Organic Garden supervisor, and Garden Club advisor.
He serves as the faculty fellow at Honors College and faculty fellow at FIU Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Education committee and is a member of College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) DEI and Carbon Footprint Reduction committees.
Dr. Khoddamzadeh is a member of IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and chairs the Human Issues in Horticulture Interest Group and served as the chair of Seed and Stand Establishment and Ornamental Plant Breeding Interest Groups. In addition, he chaired the Outstanding International Horticulturist Award committee and Graduate Student Activities and is the member of Nominations and Elections committee in the American Society for Horticultural Science. He serves in the conservation committee of Florida Native Plant Society and Dan Austin Award for Ethnobotany.
Dr. Khoddamzadeh's Conservation & Sustainable Horticulture Lab projects broadly covers how to integrate the science and the stakeholders' need to address the real challenges associated with climate change and species endangerment. This multidisciplinary research addresses a range of topics including in-vitro propagation (tissue culture) and gene-banking (cryopreservation) of the endangered plants, seed technology and biotechnology assessments, and optical non-destructive handheld sensor technology for sustainable water and fertilizer management of horticultural crops which is the very valuable practice for precision management decision making in botanic gardens, farms and nursery production. Agreocology; Ecology/Conservation Biology