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Laura Warner

Associate Professor

117A Bryant Hall
PO Box 112060
Gainesville, FL 32611

Twitter: @Laura_A_Warner

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Dr. Laura Warner is an associate professor of Extension education in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) at the University of Florida. She specializes in program evaluation, behavior change and social marketing. Warner’s appointment supports the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE) in IFAS by providing professional development, resources and evaluation support to Extension professionals that promote sustainable landscape management practices. In addition, Warner serves as a faculty affiliate for the Master of Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) program, the Center for Public Issues Education (PIE Center), the Global Education Lab and the Water Institute.

Warner is originally from Middletown, Pennsylvania, but came to the University of Florida to receive her bachelor’s and master’s degrees (2004 and 2006, respectively), where she studied environmental horticulture. She then went on to earn her Ed.D. in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication from Texas A&M University in 2012.

A horticulturist and past extension agent, Warner focuses her research on understanding factors that influence behavior change in the urban landscape, with an emphasis on water conservation and water quality protection. These factors are translated into strategies to promote landscape best practices.

Warner’s Extension program supports the mission of the University of Florida by developing strategies for creating and eliciting behavior change at all stages from program planning through evaluation. Extension programming focuses on enhancing the program development and evaluation competencies of Extension and outreach professionals who encourage responsible use of natural resources in the landscape.

Outside of Extension programming and research, Warner serves as the adviser of the Agricultural Education and Communication Graduate Student Association (AECGSA).

Recent Publications

Warner, L. A., Lamm, A. J., & Silvert, C. (2020). Diffusion of water-saving irrigation innovations in Florida’s urban residential landscapes. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 47, 1265–1240. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2019.126540

Lamm, A. J., Warner, L. A., Tidwell, A. S. D., Lamm, K. W., Fisher, P. R., & White, S. A. (2019). Treating water for reuse: Testing an adoption decision-making model with nursery and greenhouse growers. Water, 11, 1–12. doi:10.3390/w11122470.

Warner, L. A. (2019). Using homeowners’ association membership to define audience segments for targeted local social marketing interventions: Implications from a statewide study. Social Marketing Quarterly, 25(4), 291–307. doi:10.1177/1524500419882978

Warner, L. A., Silvert, C. , & Benge, M. (2019). Using adoption and perceived characteristics of fertilizer innovations to identify Extension educational needs of Florida’s residential audiences. Journal of Agricultural Education, 60(3), 155–172. doi:10.5032/jae.2019.03155

Warner, L. A, Diaz, J. M., & Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2018). Informing urban landscape water conservation extension programs using behavioral research. Journal of Agricultural Education, 59(2), 32–48. doi:10.5032/jae.2018.02032

Warner, L. A., Lamm, A. J., & Kumar Chaudhary, A. (2018). Florida residents’ perceived role in protecting water quantity and quality through landscape practices. Landscape and Urban Planning, 171, 1-6. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/1533015X.2017.1388199

Warner, L. A., Vavrina, C. S., Campbell, M. L., Elliott, M. L., Northrop, R. J., & Place, N. T. (2017). A strategic plan for maintaining relevancy among clientele through urban Extension in Florida. Journal of Extension, 55(3). Retrieved from

Warner, L. A., Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Galindo-Gonzalez, S. (2016). Extension users and non users differ in water conservation normative beliefs, intentions, and behaviors. HortTechnology, 26(6), 852–861. doi:10.21273/HORTTECH03484-16

Awards & Honors

Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award for High Impact Extension Methods. Presented by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2018.

Jim App Award, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Program Leaders, 2018.

Distinguished Extension Educator Award. Presented by the Southern Region American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE), 2018.

Art Hornsby Distinguished Extension Professional and Enhancement Award. Presented by the the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, 2017.

Outstanding Early Achievement Award. Presented by the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), 2015.

Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship Recipient. Presented by USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), 2014-2015.