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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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Administrative Support

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Michelle Hardy

Secretary, Jay

Main Duties: Provides secretarial support for Jay Research Facility faculty and staff; WFREC Newsletter; Assists Events Coordinator with event preparations; Social media; Data entry; Calculates farm fuel and well water use; Schedules Graduate student stays in Jay Graduate Housing


Merniece Johnson

Accounting Manager

Main Duties: Monitoring all faculty & staff spending & fund balances, balancing all funds, CRIS Reeport, UFarm Administrator, Supervising the Fiscal Activities of 3 employees, Budget Allocations, Journal Entries, deposits, Purchasing Approver, Travel Approver, Managing our centers Shadow System, Post Grant management and assisting the Center Director with Policies, Accounting Liaison with main campus, Pcard backup approver, other duties as assigned.


Carol Johnston

Administrative Specialist II, Human Resources/Grants Assistant

Main Duties: Personnel and payroll activities for WFREC employees and graduate students; Contact for new hire orientations, payroll distributions, health assessment management system, worker’s compensation claims, effort reporting, CRIS reports, and space inventory and allocation survey; Grant processing/assistance to faculty with grant proposals and award documents

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Mark Long

Admissions Officer I

Main Duties: Collects and analyzes recruiting and enrollment information; Coordinates student recruitment programs; Facilitates the transfer of students; Recruits by visiting high schools and community colleges; Contact for admissions to UF/IFAS Milton academic programs


Connie Spencer

Academic Assistant I

Main Duties: Assist students with advising appointments, course registration, drop/adds, and all other concerns. Creates course offerings based on local and online curriculum available each semester. Reserves classrooms and conference rooms. Processes and approves Pcard transactions. Maintains teaching van maintenance and reservations for field trips. Maintains Student files and audits. Assistant to Faculty members. Maintains WFREC Directory, mail, and front desk reception

Lee Thrasher

IT Professional

Main Duties: Providing technical support and maintenance for hardware and software utilized by the WFREC in Milton and in Jay; Sets up technology for remote locations, field recordings, event and field trip photography; WFREC Web Page and Blog Support

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Robin Vickers

Administrative Support Assistant III, Events

Main Duties: Arranging all of the external and internal events for the WFREC; Administrative Assistant to the Center Director



Farm Support


Justin Hudson

Maintenance Generalist II

Main Duties: Preventive maintenance and repair for farm equipment, center vehicles and buildings for the WFREC; Assists with the planting, fertilizing, harvesting and sampling of Research and Demonstration plots


Greg Kimmons

Farm Manager

Main Duties: Supervises the farm operations staff that is responsible for general field plot operations, operating equipment in experimental field plots, extension demonstration plots and general farm maintenance


Chad Stewart

Agricultural Assistant II

Main Duties: Operates all farm and construction equipment; Operates several pieces of equipment fitted with new technology such as GIS,GPS (Global Positioning System); Assists with the planting, fertilizing, harvesting and sampling of Research and Demonstration plots


Research and Technical Support


Tim Baxley

Senior Laboratory Technician, Environmental Horticulture

Main Duties: Helps conduct horticultural research field, nursery, and greenhouse experiments; Prepares materials for teaching of laboratory sections of horticulture courses; Maintains display gardens



Moo Brown

Laboratory Technician III, Cropping Systems

Main duties: Responsible for coordination and implementation of activities for the establishment and maintenance of field, greenhouse and lab experiments; Responsible for data collection, data entry, and statistical analysis for studies


 Savannah Cain

Laboratory Technician III, Watershed Management

Main Duties: Helps conduct watershed conservation research in the field; Prepares materials for teaching of laboratory sections of watershed management and conservation courses

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Laboratory Technician III, Weed Science

Main Duties: Responsible for the planning and implementation of Weed Science projects; Supervises the Weed Science team


Jayson Ging

Laboratory Technician III, Turfgrass

Main Duties: Maintains Turfgrass Research/Demonstration plots, projects and facility


Latisa Ledbetter-Kish

Laboratory Technician III, Entomology

Main Duties: Helps conduct entomology research in the field; Prepares materials for teaching of entomology courses


Gina Mangold

Laboratory Technician III, Wildlife

Main Duties: Prepares materials for teaching of laboratory sections of wildlife ecology and conservation courses; Helps conduct natural resources conservation research in the field and in the greenhouse including animal sampling, physical plot preparation, treatment installation, plot maintenance, and data collection.




Chase McKeithen

Biological Scientist III, Turfgrass

Main Duties: Establishes and maintains research/demonstration studies related to turfgrass management; Provides Routine Research Plot/Facility Maintenance



Justin McKeithen

Laboratory Technician III, Forestry

Main Duties: Helps conduct ecological and silvicultural research in the field; Certified Burner; Utilizes SAS, SigmaPlot, Procite; responsible for herbicide applications