Julia Kuzovkina

Professor of Horticulture


  • Ph.D. in Horticulture, 1999 – 2003, Ohio State University
  • M.S. Botany, 1988 – 1990, Moscow State University
  • B.S. Botany, 1985 – 1988, Moscow State University

Professional Positions

  • August 2017: Professor, Department of Plant Science, University of Connecticut
  • August 2011: Associate Professor of Ornamental Horticulture, University of Connecticut
  • August 2005: Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture, University of Connecticut

Major Offices

Chair of the Working party on Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Registration, International Poplar Commission, FAO, UN.


International Cultivar Registration Authority for Populus and Salix, International Society for Horticultural Sciences:



University of Connecticut Early College Experience Faculty Coordinator Award for Excellence in Curriculum and Adjunct Faculty Development 2013

University of Connecticut, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2010 Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Program

Urban Plant Systems: Construction and Maintenance (SPSS 3550 & SAPL 550)
Herbaceous Ornamental Plants (SPSS 2430 SAPL 430)
Interiorscaping and Indoor Gardening (SPSS 3560 & SAPL 560)


Global Cultivation of Willows: http://salix.uconn.edu/index.php

Working party on Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Registration of Poplars and Willows, IPC FAO: http://www.fao.org/forestry/ipc/69637/en/

New England Native Plants Initiatiive: http://nenativeplants.uconn.edu/index.php

Recent Publications

Books and Manuals

Kuzovkina, Y.A., J. Campanelli, C. Schulthess, R. Ricard, G. Dreyer. 2016. Effective Establishment of Native Grasses on Roadsides in New England. New England Transportation Consortium. 283 p. Click here for PDF

Kuzovkina Y.A. 2015. Checklist for Cultivars of Salix L. (willow). ISBN: 978-0-692-56242-0. International Poplar Commission, FAO.  http://www.fao.org/forestry/44058-0370ab0c9786d954da03a15a8dd4721ed.pdf). 163 p. Click here for PDF

Book Chapters

Dickmann, D. and Y. A. Kuzovkina. 2014. Poplars and Willows in the World (pp.8-91). In: Poplars and Willows: Trees for Society and the Environment (Eds. J.G. Isebrands and J. Richardson), FAO UN and CABI.

Kuzovkina, Y. A.,  M. Weih, M. Abalos Romero, J. Charles, S. Hurst, I. McIvor, A. Karp, S. Trybush, M. Labrecque, T. Teodorescu, N.B. Singh, L. Smart, and T. Volk. 2008. Salix: botany and global horticulture. HortReviews 34:447-489.

Refereed Journal Articles

Campanelli, J., Y.A. Kuzovkina, R. M. Ricard. 2018. Attitudes toward and adoption of roadside revegetation using native plants by Departments of Transportation in New England states. Native Plant Journal.  In print.

Belyaeva I.V., O. V. Epantchintseva, R. H.A. Govaerts, K. McGinn, J. Hunnex and Y. A. Kuzovkina. 2018. The application of scientific names to plants in cultivation: Salix vitellina L. and related taxa (Salicaceae). Skvortsovia 4(2):42-70.

Y. A. Kuzovkina, C. Schulthess, D. Zheng. 2018. Influence of soil chemical and physical characteristics on willow yield in Connecticut. Biomass and Biioenergy 108:297-306.

Rosa, D., J. Clausen, Y. A. Kuzovkina. 2017. Water quality changes in a short‑rotation woody crop riparian buffer. 2017. Bioenergy and Biomass 107:370-375.

Fabio, E.S., T. A. Volk, R. O. Miller, M. J. Serapiglia, A. R. Kemanian, F. R. Montes, Y.A. Kuzovkina, G. J. Kling, and L.B. Smart. 2017. Contributions of environment and genotype to variation in shrub willow biomass composition. Industrial Crops and Products. 108:149-161.

McIntosh, P., C. Schulthess, Y. A. Kuzovkina, K. Guillard. 2017. Bio- and Phytoremediation of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) Under Various Conditions. International Journal of Phytoremediation.  19(8):755-764.

Li, X., C. Zhang, W. Li, Y. A. Kuzovkina. 2016. Environmental inequities in terms of different types of urban greenery in Hartford, Connecticut. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 18:163-172.

Kuzovkina Y.A., M. Dodge, and I. Belyaeva. 2016. Clarifying affiliations of Salix gracilistyla Miq. cultivars and its hybrids. HortScience.  51(4): 334-341.

Kuzovkina Y.A., O. Epantchintseva, and I. Belyaeva. 2016. The application of scientific names to plants in cultivation: Salix ×cottetii Lagger (Salicaceae). Skvortsovia 2(3): 32-43.

Fabio, E.; Volk, T; Miller, R.; Serapiglia, M.; Gauch, H.; Van Rees, K.; Hangs, R.; Amichev, B.; Kuzovkina, Y.; Labrecque, M.; Johnson, G.; Ewy, R.; Kling, G.; Smart, L. 2016. Genotype by environment interactions analysis of North American shrub willow yield trials confirms superior performance of triploid hybrids. GCB Bioenergy. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12344.

McIntosh, P., Y. A. Kuzovkina, C. Schultess, K. Guillard. 2016. Breakdown of Low-level Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in Contaminated Soil Using Grasses and Willows. International Journal of Phytoremediation. 18(7): 656-663. DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2015.1109598

Kuzovkina Y.A.  2015. Compilation of the Checklist for Cultivars of Salix L. (Willow). HortScience 50(1): 1608-1609.

Li, X., C. Zhang, Weidong Li, Y. A. Kuzovkina, D. Weiner. 2015. Who lives in greener neighborhoods? The distribution of street greenery and its association with residents’ social conditions in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14(4): 751-759.

Kuzovkina Y.A. and L. Vietto. 2014. An update on the cultivar registration of Populus and Salix (Salicaceae). Skvortsovia 1: 133-148.

Saska M. and Y.A. Kuzovkina. 2014 Ornamental willow growth response across five concentrations of controlled-release fertilizer. HortTechnology 24:53-57.

Pagliughi, E., Y.A. Kuzovkina, R. M. Ricard. 2012. Master Gardener perceptions and preferences of a novel horticultural product—Do-It-Yourself Living Structures Kits. HortTechnology 22(4):446-451.

Volk,  T. A., L. P. Abrahamson, K. D. Cameron, P. Castellano, T. Corbin, E. Fabio, G. Johnoson, Y. Kuzovkina-Eischen, M. Labreque, R. Miller, D. Sidders, L. B. Smart, K. Staver, .G R. Stanozs and K. Van Rees. 2011. Yields of willow biomass crops across a range of sites in North America. Aspects of Applied Biology, Biomass and Energy Crops IV  112: 67-74.

Zhivotovsky, O.P., Y. A. Kuzovkina, C. P. Schulthess, T. Morris, and D. Pettinelli. 2011. Lead uptake and translocation by willows in pot and field experiments. International Journal of Phytoremediation 13:731-749.

Zhivotovsky, O.P., Kuzovkina, Y. A., C. P. Schulthess, T. Morris, D. Pettinelli, and M.Ge. 2011. Hydroponic screening of willows (Salix L.) for lead tolerance and accumulation. International Journal of Phytoremediation 13:75-94.

Kuzovkina, Y.A.  2010. Integrating innovative green technologies into curriculum for tomorrow’s professionals.  Acta Horticulturae. 881:363-365.

Saska, M., Y. A. Kuzovkina, R. Ricard. 2010. North American willow cut-stem growers: a survey of the business identities, production practices and prospective for the crop. HortTechnology 20(2):351-356.

Saska, M., Y. A. Kuzovkina. 2010.  Phenological stages of willow (Salix). Annals of Applied Biology 156(3): 431-437.

Zhivotovsky, O.P. and Kuzovkina, Y. A. 2010.Response of two Salix L. species to water deficit. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 28(2):63–68.

Kuzovkina, Y. A., O. P. Zhivotovsky, C. P. Schulthess, and D. Pettinelli. 2010. Plant selection for a pilot phytoremediation study at a former skeet range. Remediation Journal 20(2): 93-105.

Kuzovkina , Y. A. and Volk T.A.. 2009. The characterization of willow (Salix L.) varieties for use in ecological engineering applications: co-ordination of structure, function and autecology. Ecological Engineering 35: 1178-1189.

Kuzovkina , Y. A. 2008. Establishment and maintenance of living structures made of willow (Salix) stems. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 34(5): 290-295.

Kuzovkina Y. A. 2008. The registration of Salix cultivars. Acta Horticulturae 799, p. 141.

Kuzovkina Y.A., Quigley M.F. 2006. Willows. The genus Salix. Christopher   Newsholme (book review). HortTechnology January-March:182.

Kuzovkina Y.A., Quigley M.F. 2005. Willows beyond wetlands: uses of Salix L. species for environmental projects. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 162: 183-204.

Kuzovkina Y.A., Knee M., Quigley M.F. 2004. Cadmium and copper uptake and translocation of five Salix L. species. International Journal of Phytoremediation 6(3): 269-287.

Kuzovkina Y.A., Knee M., Quigley M.F. 2004. Soil compaction and flooding effects on the growth of twelve Salix L. species. Journal of Environmental Horticulture, 22(3): 155 160.

Kuzovkina Y.A. and Quigley M.F. 2004. Ornamental Salix L. species for alpine and small urban gardens.  Journal of Arboriculture 30(2): 127-131.

Kuzovkina Y.A., Quigley M.F. 2004. Evaluation of Salix L. species for florist cut stem production. HortTechnology, 14(3): 415-419.

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-3438
Fax(860) 486-0682
Mailing AddressWilfred B. Young Building 1376 Storrs Rd., Unit 4067 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4067
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