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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Sarah Strauss

Dr. Strauss began as an Assistant Professor in Soil Microbiology in 2016. She received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

Her research and extension programs are focused on examining the interactions between soil microbial communities and plant health and productivity in both citrus and vegetable crops. The goal of her applied research is to provide growers with new information and methods for managing and improving crop production and soil health using soil microbiology.


  • Use of cover crops to improve soil health
  • Soil microbial amendments
  • Rhizosphere development
  • Biological soil crusts in agroecosystems
  • Soil microbial nutrient cycling


  • Increase knowledge of growers, industry, and the public regarding soil microbiology in agriculture
  • Provide information to growers about methods to manage soil microbiology to improve yields and/or production sustainability

Dr. Sarah Strauss

Associate Professor

Soil Microbiology

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC)
2685 SR 29 North Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 658 - 3468

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Plant Biology, Arizona State University in Tempe in 2010.
    • B.S. Biology and Environmental Science, Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 2002
  • Professional Experience
    • 2016 - Present
      Assistant Professor, Department of Soil and Water Sciences, University of Florida
    • 2015 - 2016
      Research Specialist, University of California Davis Genome Center, Davis, CA
    • 2012 - 2015
      Postdoctoral Research Associate (GS-11), USDA-ARS Crops Pathology & Genetics Research Unit, Davis, CA
    • 2010 - 2012
      Postdoctoral Research Affiliate (GS-9), USDA-ARS Tree Fruit Research Laboratory, Wenatchee, WA
  • Publications