UNL Plant Growth Facilities

Mission Statement:
The Plant Growth Facilities Service Center will provide high quality greenhouse and growth chamber spaces and the professional support that meets the needs of UNL’s Research, Teaching, and Extension programs.
Faculty Greenhouse Committee:
Alan Christensen - Committee Chair - School of Biological Sciences
Stephen Wegulo - Plant Pathology
Edgar Cahoon - Biochemistry / PSI
Keenan Amundsen - Agronomy and Horticulture
Aaron Lorenz - Agronomy and Horticulture
Anne Streich - Agronomy and Horticulture
Lance Meinke - Entomology
Scott Sattler - USDA-ARS
Matthew Anderson (Ad-hoc member) – EHS
David Jackson (Ad-hoc member) - ARD
Amy Hilske (Ad-hoc member) - UNL Greenhouse Director

Primary Contacts:

Greenhouse Director

Amy Hilske
Phone: 402-326-8359
Email: ahilske2@unl.edu

Amy is responsible for the operation of all greenhouse and growth chamber facilities across City, East & Nebraska Innovation Campuses in coordination with the UNL Faculty Greenhouse Committee. Amy had served as the Beadle Greenhouse Manager at UNL for 9 years. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in Horticulture, and a Master’s degree in Horticulture from UNL. Amy has worked in greenhouse environments since 1994, has participated in Undergraduate and Graduate instruction, and co-owns a winery in Ashland. Amy enjoys gardening, wine, and cooking.

Greenhouse Managers

Agronomy & Horticulture
Donn Ladd (Interim)
Phone: 402-472-4177
Email: dladd1@unl.edu

After a brief illness, Ruth Miller, Greenhouse Manager, passed away a few weeks ago.

We are working to hire a new greenhouse manager to refill this position. Donn Ladd will oversee these greenhouses as well as Plant Pathology's until a new manager is hired. Please contact Donn during this transition, if you have any questions or concerns.

Beadle Center
Samantha Link
Phone: 402-472-4177
Email: slink2@unl.edu

Greenhouse Innovation Center (NIC)
Troy Pabst (Currently on Military Leave)
Samantha Link & Vincent Stoerger (Interim)

Phone: 402-472-4177 (Samantha)
              970-443-8025 (Vincent)
Email: slink2@unl.edu

Plant Pathology
Donn Ladd

Phone: 402-472-2624
Email: dladd1@unl.edu

Donn has been the Greenhouse Manager and the Computer Support Person for the Plant Pathology Department at UNL for 31 years. Donn has a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University. Donn’s hobbies are plant breeding and computer building.

Service Requests

    *All policies were prepared and approved by the UNL Faculty Greenhouse Committee


    Committee Minutes