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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Michael Burton

Center Director

Dr. Michael Burton grew up on his family’s farm in Indiana. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from DePauw University in Indiana and then he received two master’s degrees from The Ohio State University: one in public policy and the other in crop nutrition and seed physiology. Dr. Burton received his doctorate in agronomy studying weed ecology at the University of Nebraska.

In academia, he worked at North Carolina State University and Missouri State University before moving with his family to southwest Florida and started as a center director of the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center.

Dr. Michael Burton, Center Director

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC)
2685 SR 29 North Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 658 - 3413 | Website

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Agronomy/Ecology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000.
    • M.S. Crop Nutrition and Seed Physiology, The Ohio State University, 1994.
    • M.A. Public Policy, The Ohio State University. 1994.
    • B.S. Political Science (major), Biological Sciences (minor), DePauw University, 1991.