Melinda Knuth
40 Under 40, Class of 2021

Melinda Knuth


University of Florida

Job Title

Postdoctoral Research Associate


  • Earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M and collaborated on multiple publications including the “Change and Disruption in the Floral Industry” reports and the Update on the Benefits of Plants literature series.
  • Currently a member of the AmericanHort’s Generation Next Community Connector group and participated in the HortScholar as a student in 2017.


During Her Downtime: Melinda enjoys crocheting, listening to true crime podcasts, weightlifting, homebrewing beer and reading historical fiction. “Developing stories based on real life events or people makes the context incredibly tangible and personal.”

Fun Facts

What’s in a Name? The origin of her family name, Knuth, is linked with Knut the Great, one of the kings of Northern Europe during the Roman Empire era. “You could extrapolate that I’m of distant royal lineage.”

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