Dr. Joyce Merritt

Part-Time Professor
Biology and Horticultural Technology

Doctor of Plant Medicine (D.P.M.) - University of Florida
M.S. Biology, concentration Microbioloogy - California State University Northridge
B.S. Biology, concentration Human Biology - Loma Linda University

I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I lived there for most of my life. I hold a B.S. in Biology from Loma Linda University, a M.S. in Biology from California State University Northridge, and a Doctor of Plant Medicine (D.P.M.) from the University of Florida.

During the D.P.M. program, I specialized in plant pest risk assessment, completing an internship at the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Center for Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory in Raleigh, North Carolina. I also completed an internship at the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry, Citrus Health Response Program in Gainesville, Florida. In addition to the D.P.M., I earned a Certificate in Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management.

After receiving my Doctor of Plant Medicine degree, I worked as a post-doc for 2.5 years in Plant Pathology at the University of Florida. I teach at two colleges. I have been teaching at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL since August, 2012. I have been teaching at Valencia College since August 2020.

I spend most of my time thinking about my classes and my students. I don't have much time for hobbies, but I try to make time to play the piano and read. I am also trying to learn Spanish.

Valencia College Certifications:
Associate Professor - August 2023 - Present
Digital Professor - April 2021 - Present


Zoom Virtual Office


I teach online, so my office hours take place on Zoom. They are Wednesdays and Fridays 3:00 - 5:00 pm. I am also available by appointment.