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James Estrada : Lecturer - Plant Science, Ecology, Invasive Species - Gainesville FL

James Estrada

Lecturer - Plant Science, Ecology, Invasive Species - Gainesville FL

Dr. Estrada earned his Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Florida, and has extensive experience with invasive species, agroecology and overall ecology.

estradaj@ufl.edu
Zach Brym : Assistant Professor — Agroecology - TREC

Zach Brym

Assistant Professor — Agroecology - TREC

Dr. Brym’s research and extension program explore how production systems can remain profitable while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. His projects focus on the role of biodiversity and scale in agroecosystems, the distribution and management of invasive plant and pest species, and the impacts of management practices on crop production and environmental conservation. His work recommends data-supported adaptive management practices across commodities to address local and regional challenges to crop production.

786-217-9238 brymz@ufl.edu
Dail Laughinghouse : Assistant Professor-Applied Phycology-Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center.

Dail Laughinghouse

Assistant Professor-Applied Phycology-Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center.

Dr. Laughinghouse work is focused on both basic and applied algal research from Tropical to Polar Regions including diversity and toxicity of cyanobacteria, environmental influences on macroalgae and microbial photoautotrophs, novel applied uses for algae, bioremediation, and the detection and effects of bioactive compounds.

954-577-6382 hlaughinghouse@ufl.edu
Greg MacDonald : Professor-Weedy Plant Management and International Agronomy-(Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

Greg MacDonald

Professor-Weedy Plant Management and International Agronomy-(Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

Dr. MacDonald current research program involves research on invasive species management, especially perennial grasses, and the physiological and biochemical aspects of herbicides. Dr. MacDonald also works with Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs), which is an alliance of stakeholders addressing invasive species management in Florida. He has several years of experience in international agronomy in Guyana and Haiti, and most recently Ghana, where he develops programs to help rural farmers with peanut production and value-added production systems.

pineacre@ufl.edu
Jianping Wang : Associate Professor -Peanut Symbiosis (Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

Jianping Wang

Associate Professor -Peanut Symbiosis (Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

Research in Dr. Wang’s program is dedicated to using translational genomics to improve crop production in Florida. This integrated approach combines genomics, bioinformatics, molecular genetics, and biology to understand the genetic basis of important agronomic and economic traits of major row crops (e.g., sugarcane and peanut) and biofuel crops (e.g., energy cane and napiergrass). The overall goals of Dr. Wang’s program are to develop genetic markers associated with a breeder’s desired set of plant traits and to identify each component that influences those traits with the ultimate goal of designing systematic improvement strategies for developing superior crop cultivars.

352-273-8104 wangjp@ufl.edu
Chris Wilson : Assistant Professor - Forage Crops - (Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

Chris Wilson

Assistant Professor - Forage Crops - (Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

The central goal of research in the Wilson Lab is to improve management of pasture and rangeland for a variety of ecosystem services, with a special emphasis on strategies that can simultaneously enhance rural livelihood while contributing to climate change mitigation and ecosystem resilience.

chwilson@ufl.edu
Jose Dubeux : Associate Professor – Forage crops-Marianna, FL

Jose Dubeux

Associate Professor – Forage crops-Marianna, FL

Dr. Dubeux's major research focus is to develop sustainable livestock production systems. These systems must be locally important and at the same time address critical global challenges including climate change, the need for sustaining or achieving greater soil quality, and reduction in the use of fossil-fuel intensive, off-farm inputs.

850-526-1618 dubeux@ufl.edu
Luke Flory : Associate Professor - Plant Community and Ecosystem Ecology - Agronomy (Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

Luke Flory

Associate Professor - Plant Community and Ecosystem Ecology - Agronomy (Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

In general, Dr. Flory research group seeks to advance general ecological knowledge of ecological communities and to answer applied questions that are relevant to natural areas management, restoration, and conservation. Research in the Flory Lab is focused broadly on understanding the ecology of biological invasions, including the community and ecosystem consequences of invasions, interactions between invasions and fire, the evolution of introduced species, and accumulation of pathogens. New projects under development will investigate the invasion risk of biofuel crops and the interaction between invasions and climate change.

flory@ufl.edu
Mike Mulvaney : Assistant Professor, Cropping Systems Specialist - Agronomy - WFREC

Mike Mulvaney

Assistant Professor, Cropping Systems Specialist - Agronomy - WFREC

The focus of Dr. Mulvaney’s research program is to develop improved integrated crop fertility management tools and technologies. Crops of interest include peanut, cotton, corn, soybean, wheat, and carinata. His work incorporates enhanced efficiency fertilizers, improved irrigation strategies that optimize nutrient uptake and yield, precision agriculture applications, crop physiological responses to fertility, and the predictive potential of nutrient status on yield and yield components (such as seed quality in peanut).

850-983-7104 m.mulvaney@ufl.edu
Lynn Sollenberger : Professor-Forage Crops - Agronomy (Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

Lynn Sollenberger

Professor-Forage Crops - Agronomy (Main Campus) Gainesville, FL

Dr. Sollenberger’s research is focused on grassland agroecosystems and emphasizes developing new knowledge in the areas of ecosystem services, sustainable production, and interactions of plants, animals, and the environment. I further seek to apply these principles to develop new technology to support statewide and regional livestock industries.

352-273-3420 lesollen@ufl.edu

Soil and Water Sciences
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Jehangir Bhadha : Assistant Professor, Soil, Water & Nutrient Management - EREC

Jehangir Bhadha

Assistant Professor, Soil, Water & Nutrient Management - EREC

Water Quality, Soil Sustainability, Sustainable Agriculture & Nutrient Management.
Specific research areas include phosphorus cycling in natural ecosystems; application of soil amendments and soil fertility, and advancing sustainable agriculture research.

561-993-1711 jango@ufl.edu
Samira Daroub : Professor, Soil and Environmental Chemistry - Soils and Water - EREC

Samira Daroub

Professor, Soil and Environmental Chemistry - Soils and Water - EREC

Researches phosphorus chemistry and transformation in organic soils under flooded conditions; use of computer simulation models to predict phosphorus availability to plants as well as in environmental applications.

561-993-1593 sdaroub@ufl.edu
Gabriel Maltais-Landry : Assistant Profesor, Sustainable Nutrient Management Systems - Soils and Water Science

Gabriel Maltais-Landry

Assistant Profesor, Sustainable Nutrient Management Systems - Soils and Water Science

Nutrient cycling in agroecosystems, the impacts of agroecological practices (crop rotations, intercropping, cover-cropping) and alternatives to synthetic fertilizers (manures, composts, N-fixation) on carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Gabriel focuses on the interaction between soils and crops to maximize crop productivity, optimize nutrient availability, and minimize environmental impacts.

352-294-3159 maltaislandryg@ufl.edu
Cheryl Mackowiak : Associate Professor- Nutrient Management and Water Quality- (Quincy – NFREC)

Cheryl Mackowiak

Associate Professor- Nutrient Management and Water Quality- (Quincy – NFREC)

Studies elemental (N, P, C) cycling in soils under perennial pasture-hay cropping systems and soil fertility requirements for nutrient best management practice (BMP) advancement.

850-875-7126 echo13@ufl.edu
Peter Nkedi-Kizza : Professor Emeritus - Soil Physics and Hydrology- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Peter Nkedi-Kizza

Professor Emeritus - Soil Physics and Hydrology- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

The research includes agrichemical behavior under a variety of crop management practices through the evaluation of fate and transport as a function of soil properties.

kizza@ufl.edu
Sarah Strauss : Assistant Professor- Soil Microbiology - (Immokalee – SFREC)

Sarah Strauss

Assistant Professor- Soil Microbiology - (Immokalee – SFREC)

Examining the relationship between plant and soil microbial community within citrus and vegetable crops; exploring methods to manage or alter the soil microbial community to improve crop health and productivity.

239-658-3468 strauss@ufl.edu
Wesley Wood : Professor- (Milton – WFREC)

Wesley Wood

Professor- (Milton – WFREC)

Supports and promotes research being conducted by WFREC faculty and staff. He also serves as a research scientist for WFREC faculty projects where soil science expertise is required.

850-983-7126 woodwes@ufl.edu

Agricultural and Biological Engineering
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Sanjay Shukla : Professor- Hydrology, Water Quality and Systems Research--(Immokalee – SFREC)

Sanjay Shukla

Professor- Hydrology, Water Quality and Systems Research--(Immokalee – SFREC)

Designing production system to improve environmental and economic sustainability; Field- and watershed-scale hydrologic/water quality modeling; Payment for water-related ecosystem services from agriculture; Irrigation and drainage management; and Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) for water conservation and water quality.

239-658-3425 sshukla@ufl.edu
Eban Bean : Assistant Professor- Urban Water Resources Management-(Gainesville – Main Campus)

Eban Bean

Assistant Professor- Urban Water Resources Management-(Gainesville – Main Campus)

Design, evaluation, and management of urban landscapes for water resource sustainability, and his extension program focuses on urban stormwater management, and how the design and management of drainage networks can be more sustainable.

352-392-5684 ezbean@ufl.edu
Kati Migliaccio : Professional Engineer - (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Kati Migliaccio

Professional Engineer - (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Kati Migliaccio describes her professional focus as "all about water conservation, whether quality or quantity and identifying realistic and sustainable solutions." Water is the main character in a sustainability drama currently playing out in Florida and worldwide. Engineering principles can be applied to better manage water to meet growing population needs under increasing water supply uncertainty. Migliaccio works in different types of systems, including agricultural, natural, and urban.

352-392-1864 klwhite@ufl.edu
Cheryl Palm :  Research Professor- Biogeochemistry- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Cheryl Palm

Research Professor- Biogeochemistry- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Land-use change, degradation and rehabilitation, and ecosystem processes in tropical agricultural landscapes. She is currently working on indicators and methods for assessing and monitoring the sustainability of agricultural intensification.

352-392-1864 cpalm@ufl.edu
Melanie Correll : Plant and Environment Interactions- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Melanie Correll

Plant and Environment Interactions- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Agricultural Production Engineering, G2P Models: Integrating genetics into crop models, Controlled environment agriculture, and Plant Space Biology: Effects of space and light on plant growth and development.

352-392-1864 correllm@ufl.edu
Young Gu Her : Assistant Professor – Hydrology & Agricultural Engineering - (Homestead – TREC)

Young Gu Her

Assistant Professor – Hydrology & Agricultural Engineering - (Homestead – TREC)

Developing a simulation tool capable of providing a holistic view of climate change and sea-level rise impacts on South Florida’s agriculture and water resources. His long-term research interests lie in enhancing our ability to manage agricultural crop production and natural resources in sustainable ways by (1) developing unified fine-resolution large-scale (U.F.L.) simulation tools that facilitate integrated hydrological modeling and spatially consistent decision making and (2) creating new scientific knowledge that helps us better understand hydrological processes under projected changes in climate and sea level.

786-217-9288 yher@ufl.edu
Gerrit Hoogenboom : Preeminent Scholar- Crop Modeling and Simulation Gainesville – Main Campus)

Gerrit Hoogenboom

Preeminent Scholar- Crop Modeling and Simulation Gainesville – Main Campus)

Impact of climate change; Computer modeling and simulation of agricultural systems; Decision Support Systems and GIS; Information technology; Agrometeorology; and Climatology.

352-294-1036 gerrit@ufl.edu
Ray Huffaker : Bioeconomic and Nonlinear Data Diagnostics, Natural Resource and Environmental Law--(Gainesville – Main Campus)

Ray Huffaker

Bioeconomic and Nonlinear Data Diagnostics, Natural Resource and Environmental Law--(Gainesville – Main Campus)

Applying data diagnostic techniques to detect low-dimensional nonlinear deterministic structure in economic and biophysical time-sequenced data that can be used to construct hydrologic and bioeconomic models whose simulated dynamics match real-world complexity.

352-294-6745 rhuffaker@ufl.edu
Greg Kiker :  Professor-Coupled Human/Natural Modeling and Decision/Risk Analysis- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Greg Kiker

Professor-Coupled Human/Natural Modeling and Decision/Risk Analysis- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Ecosystem and Hydrological Modeling for South Florida and Southern African Ecosystems; Simulation of Beef Cattle Farming Systems for Ecological and Enterprise Sustainability; Food/Ecology/Marine System Integration into Decision Support and Scenario Analysis Systems for the Caribbean Region; Adaptive Management Tools for Making Decisions with Uncertain Information; and Decision Support and Analysis for Sediment/Dredging Management and Ecosystem Restoration.

352-392-1864 gkiker@ufl.edu
Eric McLamore : Assistant Professor- Biosensors and Nanotechnology- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Eric McLamore

Assistant Professor- Biosensors and Nanotechnology- (Gainesville – Main Campus)

Development and application of sensor/biosensor technology for solving hypothesis-driven research questions in the life sciences.

352-392-1864 emclamor@ufl.edu

Entomology and Nematology
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Amanda Hodges : Associate Extension Scientist-Plant biosecurity-(Gainesville - Main Campus)

Amanda Hodges

Associate Extension Scientist-Plant biosecurity-(Gainesville - Main Campus)

The Biosecurity Research & Extension (BRE) lab focuses on investigating invasive, arthropod species of potential concern to Florida's landscape, natural areas, and agriculture.

352-273-3957 achodges@ufl.edu
Norm Leppla : Professor-Integrated Pest Management-(Gainesville - Main Campus)

Norm Leppla

Professor-Integrated Pest Management-(Gainesville - Main Campus)

Improve natural enemies for pests of agriculture, communities, and natural environments, and Develop IPM systems based on sustainable practices.

352- 273-3951 ncleppla@ufl.edu
Xavier Martini : Assistant Professor-Integrated Pest Management, Chemical Ecology- (Quincy - NFREC)

Xavier Martini

Assistant Professor-Integrated Pest Management, Chemical Ecology- (Quincy - NFREC)

Martini’s research focuses on different insect pest vectors of plant pathogens. Martini research focuses on four main projects: Asian citrus psyllid, The Redbay ambrosia beetle (RAB), Vegetable entomology, and Rose rosette disease.

850-875-7160 ncleppla@ufl.edu
Oscar Liburd : Professor - Fruit and Vegetable Entomology-(Gainesville - Main Campus)

Oscar Liburd

Professor - Fruit and Vegetable Entomology-(Gainesville - Main Campus)

Small fruit and vegetable pest management with emphasis on blueberry pests.

352- 273-3918 oeliburd@ufl.edu
Silvana V. de Paula-Moraes : Assistant Professor- Applied ecology/IPM - (Jay - WFREC)

Silvana V. de Paula-Moraes

Assistant Professor- Applied ecology/IPM - (Jay - WFREC)

Insect ecology, Integrated Pest Management and Insect resistance management.

850-983-7101 paula.moraes@ufl.edu
Rachel Mallinger : Assistant Professor -Pollination Ecology- (Gainesville - Main Campus)

Rachel Mallinger

Assistant Professor -Pollination Ecology- (Gainesville - Main Campus)

Dr. Mallinger’s lab conducts research in three general areas, 1. Enhancing our understanding of basic bee biology including bee behavior, life history, and ecology, 2. Investigating the effects of disturbance and conservation on pollinator abundance and diversity, and 3. Examining interactions between bees and the plants that they pollinate.

352-273-3962 rachel.mallinger@ufl.edu