Samira Daroub, an internationally acclaimed soil

Internationally Acclaimed Scientist To Lead UF/IFAS Florida Everglades Research And Education Center

Samira Daroub, an internationally acclaimed soil and water scientist and professor, has been named director of the UF/IFAS Everglades Research & Education Center (EREC). The appointment is effective immediately.

Daroub becomes the second woman in the history of the 100-year-old center to take the helm. Located in Belle Glade, Florida, the center’s campus includes offices, laboratories, greenhouses, a 700-acre research farm, residential dormitories, and housing for graduate students and visiting scientists, all in the heart of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA).

As a researcher, she focuses on environmental issues related to soil and water quality. Her focus is on the development and implementation of best management practices (BMPs) to reduce phosphorus leaching in soils and transport into surface waters in the EAA in South Florida.

A second research focus is on the sustainability of organic soils and agriculture in the EAA. A third focus is on international development aimed at building individual and institutional capacity in India and Middle East in soil health and water resources.

She also serves as an appointed member of several national and international committees including the Agronomic Science Foundation board and the National Committee of Soil Sciences with the National Academies of Sciences representing the United States in the International Union of Soil Science.

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