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West Florida Research and Education Center

West Florida Research and Education Center


The University of Florida is a land-grant university and an Association of American Universities member. Our faculty are committed to the UF/IFAS research mission while also assuming Extension and teaching responsibilities. Findings from their research are used as the basis for Extension programs taught statewide via publications, distance education, and field day events, and are the foundation for many of the classes taught by our faculty.

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Post-doctorial Associates


Graduate Students

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Iza Barbosa dos Santos

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes

Iza is pursuing her Ph.D. in entomology under the supervision of Dr. Paula Moraes. Her research integrates field trials, laboratory bioassay, and the use of molecular tools to study the ecology and toxicology of Lepidoptera pests in Florida. Her hobbies include crochet, hiking, painting, and reading.


Pablo Agustin Boeri

Faculty Advisor: Dr. J. Bryan Unruh

Agustin is pursuing a Ph.D. in Turfgrass Science with an emphasis on ecology, plant physiology, environmental stresses, fertilizers, and turfgrass management. His dissertation project focuses on better understanding the influence of anthropogenic ecosystems on factors such as groundwater recharge, nutrient fate, temperature abatement, and carbon dynamics

Ronell Bridgemohan

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Deitch

Ronell is interested in water quality characteristics of streams and estuaries, and how landscape characteristics influence the health of the region and its residents. He is especially interested in management that can reduce pathogens that threaten human health.


Cheyenne Brodie-McAleister

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mack Thetford




Julia Nogueira Duarte Campos

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Silvana Moraes


Michaella Ivey






Sherri Kraeft

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Deborah L. Miller

Sherri is interested in native bee conservation and will be studying the Gulf Coast Solitary Bee, Hesperapis oraria. She will also be studying the ecology of pollinators that co-occur with the bee including interactions with it's host plant Balduina angustifolia. Hesperapis oraria is endemic to the dunes of the Northern Gulf coast of Florida, Alabama and a few locations in Mississippi and is believed to be monolectic with Balduina. In her free time, Sherri enjoys being a Master Beekeeper and Welsh Honey Judge while tending her own hive and educating others about the importance bees of all kinds.


Love Kumar

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Deitch 

Love Kumar is studying the hydrology and chemistry of sloughs along the Lower Apalachicola River. His project is part of a collaboration with Apalachicola Riverkeeper and other universities in the region.



Nkem Nwosu




Kulpreet Singh




John Tracy

Faculty Advisor: Dr Matthew Deitch

John is interested in conservation and management of bottomland hardwood forests.  He aims to apply his professional experience to research associated with a multidiscipline effort in slough restoration of the Apalachicola River floodplain.


Amani Twaibu




Yogendra Upadhyaya 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hardeep Singh

Yogendra is interested in the use of cover crops as a sustainable management practice to improve cropping systems. His research focuses on the study of short-term benefits of cover crops including nitrogen credit, soil moisture management and weed suppression. I am also working on the industrial hemp project to quantify hemp yield response to various nitrogen rates in Florida as a part of best management practices to promote industrial hemp production in the region. 


Noah Weidig

Faculty Adivsor: Dr. Victoria Donovan