Dr. Ramon Leon
Assistant Professor, Weed Science
Development and implementation of integrated approaches for weed management in row crops and turfgrass studying weed-crop interactions, herbicide efficacy, seed physiology, seed bank dynamics, ecophysiology of weeds, and evolution of weedy traits.
Dr. Ramon Leon-Gonzalez was recently appointed Weed Scientist/Assistant Professor at the West Florida Research and Education Center of the University of Florida. Previously, he was Research Coordinator and Weed Science Professor at EARTH University in Costa Rica. Before his career at EARTH University, he was an Assistant Professor of Weed Science in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and International Program Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Resource Consortium at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He received a M.Sc. (2003) and a Ph.D. (2005) in Crop Production and Physiology with emphasis in Weed Science and Seed Science from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the same institution in 2005. Previously, he received a B.S. in Plant Production from the University of Costa Rica in 2000. He also received post-graduate training in the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Leon-Gonzalez’s research interests include ecologically based weed management, agroecology, sustainable agriculture and international agriculture and rural development. His research is oriented towards properly describing the importance (positive and negative aspects) of plant diversity in agricultural settings, and developing and improving integrated approaches for weed management. He has conducted research in California, the Midwestern United States and Costa Rica on crops such as citrus, corn, grapevines, pastures, rice, soybeans, sugarcane, and vegetables. His research has been published in many articles in internationally recognized scientific journals. Additionally, Dr. Leon-Gonzalez was part of the Weedy and Invasive Plant Species Panel of the National Research Initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture in 2007, and currently he is reviewer and technical editor of several international journals.