Mica McMillan, Ph.D.

Mica McMillan, Ph.D.

Agronomist, Researcher, Extension Agent

20+ years of experience in agricultural research

At the University of Florida IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Dr. McMillan is an Assistant Professor in Tropical Ornamental Horticulture, and works as a soil scientist focused on nutrition and water stress of palms and ornamentals. Dr. McMillan’s research is focused on  palm and ornamental plants from seed to establishment under a variety of environmental and edaphic conditions with emphasis on salinity tolerance, drought stress and nutrient uptake.

Prior to her work for UF, Dr. McMillan worked as a researcher in private agriculture, turfgrass and media industries, where she focused on developing chemistries to improve plant and soil health.  Some of the firms she worked for or consulted with include Aquatrols Corporation of America, Exacto Inc and Tria Global Solutions, and Demeter Agricultural Consulting.

Dr. McMillan serves on the Broward County Urban Horticulture Advisory Board. 

Ph.D., Soil and Water Science, University of Florida

B.S. and M.S., Agronomy and Soils, Auburn University

Florida Native Palms


Palm dominated landscapes in Florida, particularly those dominated by non-native tropical and other palms, have been commonplace for decades. Concern over limited water resources, nutrient and pesticide use, and changing demographics have prompted scientists to look at more sustainable landscape management alternatives, such as using more native palms. Landscape Architects will learn about planting the […]

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