Rechcigl Named Associate Director Of UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research And Education Center At Bradenton And Dover
BRADENTON—Jack Rechcigl, a University of Florida Research Foundation professor in the Department of Soil and Water Science, has been named as part of a two-person team to manage the UF’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center at Bradenton and Dover.
Rechcigl, a forage fertilization expert, will serve full time in a transitional role as associate director of the Bradenton and Dover facilities, which are part of the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). He will coordinate the day-to-day activities of the center and its faculty and staff, according to Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources.
Effective March 3, Rechcigl and Ed Hanlon, the current interim center director of the Gulf Coast REC, will serve as a two-person management team for the Gulf Coast REC. Hanlon also directs programs at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center at Immokalee.
Rechcigl is currently stationed at the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center at Ona where he conducts research on the fertilizer requirements of pasture grasses and the effects of fertilizer on surface and ground water quality. He is recognized internationally for his research on the beneficial uses of organic wastes and industrial by-products as fertilizers for agricultural crops.
Recently, Rechcigl was named an honorary professor of the Czech University of Agriculture in Prague and was elected a Fellow of both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. He also is editor-in-chief of the Agriculture in the Environment book series for which he has edited six comprehensive treatises on diverse agricultural topics.
Martin said Rechcigl will serve in the transitional position as associate director to allow him to assume an increasing range of leadership responsibilities at the Bradenton and Dover RECs while phasing out his research activities at the Ona facility.