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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

SWFREC supports thirteen faculty programs and a staff of more than 90 people. Active research programs in citrus horticulture, vegetable horticulture, irrigation and water resource management, precision agricultural engineering, pest management, plant pathology, citrus pathology, agricultural and natural resource economics, soil microbiology, plant physiology, weed science, soil science, and agricultural economics occur on 320 acres of land at SWFREC. The faculty and staff of SWFREC serve a vibrant commercial agricultural region.

SWFREC Directory

Michael Burton

Center Director, Ph.D.

burton.m@ufl.edu

UF / IFAS SWFREC - Immokalee

2685 SR 29 N | Immokalee, FL 34142
Tel:(239) 658-3413
Fax:(239) 658-3403

UF / IFAS SWFREC - Immokalee 
2685 SR 29 N | Immokalee, FL 34142
Tel:(239) 658-3458

UF / IFAS SWFREC - Immokalee 
2685 SR 29 N | Immokalee, FL 34142
Tel:(239) 658-3468
Fax:(239) 658-3403

Ramdas Kanissery

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Weed Science

rkanissery@ufl.edu

UF / IFAS SWFREC - Immokalee 
2685 SR 29 N | Immokalee, FL 34142
Tel:(239) 658-3455

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Pamela D Roberts

Professor, Ph.D.

Plant Pathology

pdr@ufl.edu

UF / IFAS SWFREC - Immokalee 
2685 SR 29 N | Immokalee, FL 34142
Tel:(239) 658-3430

Tara R Wade

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Agricultural Economics

Tara.Wade@ufl.edu

Website

UF / IFAS SWFREC - Immokalee 
2685 SR 29 N | Immokalee, FL 34142
Tel:(239) 658-3444
Fax:(239) 658-3403

Ioannis Ampatzidis

Yiannis Ampatzidis

Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Precision Agriculture

i.ampatzidis@ufl.edu

Website

UF / IFAS SWFREC - Immokalee 
2685 SR 29 N | Immokalee, FL 34142
Tel:(239) 658-3451
Fax:(239) 658-3403

BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMP)

NameTitlePHONEEMAIL
Timothy Ayankojo Post Doctoral Associate (239) 658-3400 iayankojo@ufl.edu
Gabriel Lopez Biological Scientist (239) 658-3400 jlopez99@ufl.edu

CURRENT STUDENTS

NameTitleProgramResearch Topic
Mohamed Ali PhD student Entomology Management of Asian Citrus Psyllid
Leigh Archer PhD student Plant Physiology Tree Physiological Responses to Trunk Injection of Therapeutics for HLB Control

Jean-Yves Berisse

  Entomology  
Daniel Boakye PhD Student Citrus Horticulture Basis for Understanding Abscission and Managing Pre-harvest Fruit Drop in HLB Affected Citrus Trees
Kellee Britt PhD Student Citrus Pathology Unraveling the Asian Citrus Psyllid Virome and Its Interactions with Candidatus Liberibacter Asiaticus in FL Citrus
Emma Dawson PhD Student Soil Microbiology  
Caroline De Favari Tardivo   Plant Physiology  
Angelica Engel PhD Student Water Resources Flows in the Northern Everglades Basin Under Current and Future Climate and Sea Levels: Drivers, Modeling, and Management
Adam Fuerst   Water Sciences  
Kira Hansen PhD Student Water Resources Improved Food-Water-Energy-Disease-Land Nexus from Compact Bed Plasticulture for Fresh Produce
Israel Ojo   Precision Agricultural Engineering  
Diderot Saintilma MS Student   Vegetable Horticulture Utilizing Warm Season Cover Crops in Florida Vegetable Production 
Moonwon Soh PhD Student Ag Economics Multi-conservation Practice Adoption
Kira Sorochkina PhD Student Soil Microbiology Nitrogen Fixation in Agroecosystem Biological Soil Crusts
Nirmal Timilsina MS Student  Weed Science Pre-emergent (residual) herbicide use in citrus - Environmental fate and potential impacts on tree health and productivity.  
Ruby Tiwari PhD Student Weed Science

Evaluating the strategies to improve pre-emergent herbicide efficacy and crop safety in vegetable plasticulture production.

 
Vinay Vijayakumar PhD Student  Precision Agricultural Engineering Autonomous smart sprayer for precision weed management using machine vision and Artificial Intelligence 
Salih Yilmaz PhD Student Citrus Pathology Working on Phloem-limited Pathogens in Economically Important Crops in Florida

FORMER STUDENTS

NameTitleProgramResearch Topic
Timothy Ayankojo PhD Student Soil Science Irrigation and Nitrogen Management in Tomato Production Using SmartIrrigation Scheduling Model
Shahrzad Bodaghi PhD Student Plant Physiology Evaluation of Scion-rootstock Interaction in Response to HLB
Susmita Gaire MS Student Plant Physiology Preventing Young Trees from Psyllids and Infection with Clas through Use of Protective Netting
Biwek Gairhe MS Student Weed Science Glyphosate in Florida Citrus Production System: Environmental Fate and Effects on Citrus Health
Shirin Ghatrehsamani PhD Student Precision Ag Simulation of Heat and Canopy of Disease-infected Trees Inside Mobile Heat Treatment Canopy Cover
Sudip Kunwar MS Student Plant Physiology Evaluation of Different Citrus Rootstocks’ Response to HLB in Large-scale Commercial Field Trial
Clayton Nevins PhD Student Soil Microbiology Investigating Biological Soil Crusts and Nutrient Availability in Citrus Agroecosystems
Sameer Pokhrel MS Student Plant Physiology Comparison of Field Performance of Citrus Trees on Rootstocks Propagated by Seedlings, Cuttings, and Tissue Culture
David Toole MS Student Soil Microbiology Bioinformatic Techniques to Determine Soil Microbial Functions
Jessica Torres Velez PhD Student Citrus Pathology Evaluate transport, dynamics, and efficacy of therapeutic treatments, applied in citrus trees through novel delivery methods, for management of Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus, the bacteria associated with Huanglongbing.

Dr. Kelly Morgan
Soil and Water Sciences
Professor

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Dr. Fritz Roka
Agricultural Economics
Former Associate Professor

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Dr. Phillip Williams
Vegetable Horticulture
Former Assistant Professor

Website

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Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton
Vegetable Horticulture
Former Associate Professor

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Dr. Phil Stansly
Entomology
Professor (deceased)

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Dr. Bob Rouse, Associate Professor

Dr. Robert (Bob) Rouse
Citrus Horticulture
Retired Associate Professor

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