Dr. Laura Warner

Associate ProfessorDr. Laura Warner

Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
PO Box 112060
Gainesville, FL 32611
Ph: (352) 273-0202

Dr. Warner is an associate professor and Extension specialist of Extension education, and specializes in program evaluation, behavior change, and social marketing.

Dr. Warner's research focuses on identifying factors that influence the adoption of sustainable urban landscape practices (especially those related to water conservation/quality) and incorporates these findings into strategies to elicit behavior change.

Through her Extension programs, Dr. Warner supports Extension professionals in eliciting behavior change among their clientele and capturing resulting outcomes and impacts.

Dr. Warner has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida, and an Ed.D. in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications jointly from Texas A&M and Texas Tech Universities.

Research and Extension

  • Identifying factors that influence residents’ use of water conservation and quality practices
  • Evaluating the impact of messaging strategies on attitudes and landscape best practices
  • Designing innovative behavior change strategies for extension professionals
  • Measuring the impact of UF/IFAS urban water-focused extension programs

Certificate Program

Cultivating Community Change: Certificate Program in Social Marketing — Social marketing is a proven behavior-change strategy that applies traditional marketing principles to behavior change that benefits a community and its residents. Dr. Warner offers this online certificate program, designed to provide an overview of this strategy as applied to Extension and outreach programming.

Selected Publications

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. doi:10.1080/1533015X.2017.1388199

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

Lamm, A. J., Warner, L. A., Lundy, L. K., Bommidi, J. S., & Beattie, P. N. (2018). Informing water-saving communication using the situational theory of problem solving. Landscape & Urban Planning, 180, 217–222. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.09.006.

Warner, L. A., Diaz, J., Kumar Chaudhary, A., Gusto, C., & Ali, A. D. (2018). Capturing outcomes often overlooked: A pilot evaluation of Florida individual contact teaching. Journal of Extension, 56(3). Retrieved from https://www.joe.org/joe/2018june/a2.php (8 pages)

Kumar Chaudhary, A., Warner, L. A., & Stofer, K. A. (2017).  Online certificate program moves participants to advanced stages of concern for social marketing. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(4), 210–224. doi:10.5032/jae.2017.04210

Warner, L. A., Lamm, A. J., & Rumble, J. N. (2017). Can videos play a role in good landscape management practices? Applied Environmental Education & Communication. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/1533015X.2017.1388199

Kumar Chaudhary, A., Warner, L. A., Borisova, T., Galindo-Gonzalez, S., Dukes, M., Wilber, W., & Harder, A. (2017). Developing a statewide water conservation evaluation instrument. Journal of Extension, 55(5). Retrieved from https://www.joe.org/joe/2017october/a5.php (14 pages)

Warner, L. A., Kumar Chaudhary, A., Lamm, A. J., Rumble, J. N., & Momol, E. (2017). Using home irrigation users’ perceptions to inform water conservation programs. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(3), 101–119. doi:10.5032/jae.2017.03101

Kumar Chaudhary, A., Warner, L., Lamm, A. J., Israel, G. D., Rumble, J. N., & Cantrell, R. (2017).  Using the theory of planned behavior understand extension clients’ water conservation intentions. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(3), 185–202. doi:10.5032/jae.2017.03185.

Warner, L. A., Lamm, A. J., Rumble, J. N., Martin, E., & Cantrell, R. (2016). Classifying residents who use landscape irrigation: Implications for encouraging water conservation behavior. Environmental Management, 58(2), 238­–253. doi:10.1007/s00267-016-0706-2

Extension Publications

See Dr. Warner’s EDIS publications

Current Funding

Title: "Can 'blue-space' be used to promote good landscape practices?"
Duration: 2018-2019
Funding Agency: University of Florida, Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, Program Enhancement Grant
Award Amount: $22,069
Role: Principle Investigator

Title: "New Dimensions of Water Conservation in the Urban Landscape"
Duration: 2017-2019
Funding Agency: University of Florida, Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, Graduate Student Support Grant
Award Amount: $46,305
Role: Principle Investigator

Title: "Clean wateR3 — reduce, remediate, recycle — enhancing alternative water resources availability and use to increase profitability in specialty crops"
Duration: 2014-2019
Funding Agency: National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative Award Amount: $8,734,105.
Role: co-Principle Investigator