Dr. Edward A. Hanlon, Professor Emeritus
Edward A. Hanlon is a professor emeritus in the Soil & Water Science Department, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), working in nutrient recycling from waste streams, water quality and quantity management issues in southwest Florida, and land reclamation since 2004.
He previously served as Center Director of the Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, and the Everglades Research and Education Center during selected times from 1997 to 2004. Before his administrative duties, he worked as the UF/IFAS Extension Soil Management Specialist and Director of the Extension Soil Testing Laboratory in Gainesville from 1984 to 1997.
Dr. Hanlon's professional activities included development of environmentally sound fertilization practices for vegetables and agronomic crops in Florida using modern analytical testing in conjunction with proper crop and fertilizer management. He also has developed soil management techniques for mined lands in central Florida. He currently serves as a member of the Southwest Florida Feasibility Study, the Peace River Management Plan Stakeholders Committee, the Southwest Florida Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Southwest Florida Watershed Council, the Big Cypress Basis Restoration Coordination Team, and the Charlotte Harbor Restoration Coordination Team.
Dr. Hanlon has served as an Associate Editor-Soils of the Agronomy Journal (6 years), serves on the Editorial Board of Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis (13 years), serves as an elected Board member on two national societies, and has held several leadership positions within professional societies. He currently serves on the Florida State Board of the Certified Crop Advisor Program, and was recently elected to the Treasurer position with the Executive Committee of the Council on Agricultural Sciences and Technology (CAST), an organization supplying science-based information to the United State Congress, as well federal and state agencies regarding issues dealing with agriculture, and representing more than 170,000 scientists in more than 38 professional societies. He has been a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy since 2000.
Dr. Hanlon grew up in New Jersey, received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. He worked as a private consultant for 7 years in land restoration and crop production before accepting a position with the University of Florida in 1984.