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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-doctrorial Associates

Haley Gancel

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mathew Deitch


Graduate Students

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Iza Barbados

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes


Mahesh Bashyal

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Mulvaney

Mahesh is interested in understanding how agronomic management practices and underlying physiological mechanisms affect yield and yield components in row crops.  His research focuses on agronomic and physiological studies in Brassica carinata with a focus on nutrient management for improved crop production and profitability. 


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


Gabriel Campbell

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mack Thetford

Gabriel is interested in the propagation, production, and re-vegetation of native plants, especially sandhill milkweed (Asclepias humistrata). His research integrates horticulture principles and ecosystem restoration practices, with a focus on coastal dune plants of the Florida panhandle.


Barbara Cory

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Deitch



Joseph Iboyi

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Mulvaney


Prasanna Kharel 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pratap Devkota


Kaitlyn Kleinatland

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Deitch



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.



Tyler Shaw

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes


Ashton Shell

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ajay Sharma 

Ashton is interested in the conservation, ecology and management of uneven-aged longleaf pine ecosystems. He’s research is focused on quantifying the effects of harvests and hurricane damage on residual longleaf pine stand growth and development. 



Ruby Tiwari

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pratap Devkota

Ruby is interested to see how winter Brassica carinata production influences winter and summer weed emergence within existing crop rotations. Her research integrates agronomic and ecological aspects of weed management for finding the ways to develop weed management stability over time within carinata cropping systems.


John Tracy

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ajay Sharma

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.


Yogendra Upadhyaya 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Mulvany



Jiahua Zhou

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Deitch

Jiahua is interested in how sea level rise and increased hydrologic variability will affect estuary salinity in the 21st Century. His research employs complex statistical methods and hydrodynamic estuary modeling and applies these methods to estuaries in Florida’s Gulf Coast.