Dr. Sams received his Ph.D in 1980 in Horticulture/Plant Physiology from Michigan State University, his M.S. in 1976 in Plant & Soil Science/Crop Physiology from the University of Tennessee, and his B.S. in 1974 in Plant & Soil Science from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Sams is a Fellow of the American Society of Horticultural Science.
His research interests and expertise include:
- Fruit and vegetable crop physiology
- Effects of abiotic stress on disease resistance, yield and quality of fruit and vegetable crops
- Biofumigation and hydroponic production systems.
- Mineral nutrition of plants in relation to postharvest quality.
- PSS 430 Greenhouse Management.
- PSS 633 Plant Metabolism.