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Joan Dusky Named Assistant Dean For UF Extension Service

Mike Martin, (352) 392-1971
Christine Waddill, (352) 392-1761
Joan Dusky, (954) 475-8990

GAINESVILLE—Joan Dusky, professor and interim director of the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, has been named assistant dean for extension with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, effective June 1.

In announcing the appointment, Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said Dusky brings more than 20 years of IFAS experience to the UF’s statewide Cooperative Extension Service.

Dusky, whose academic appointment is in the UF’s horticultural sciences department, has been interim director of the Fort Lauderdale center since May 1999. Beginning in 1988, she served as assistant director of the UF’s Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade. She was interim district IV extension director from 1997 to 1998.

Christine Waddill, dean for extension, said Dusky fills a key administrative position at the UF extension service in Gainesville.

“We are fortunate to have a faculty member on our staff with such a wide range of experience in both research and extension,” Waddill said. “In addition to her expertise in weed management programs for rice, sugarcane and vegetable crops, she has worked on pastures and turf. Her work includes herbicide efficacy, weedu/crop interactions, weed biology, herbicide resistance and allelopathy.”

Dusky, who joined the UF faculty in 1980, received her B.S. degree from Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio in 1973. She completed her M.S. in 1975 and Ph.D. in 1978, both from North Dakota State University. She majored in plant physiology with minors in biochemistry and weed science.

She began her career at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Metabolism and Radiation Research Laboratory in Fargo, N.D. in 1978. Dusky has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications of various types. In 1997, she received the USDA Honor Team Award for her collaborative efforts in developing glyphosate-resistant lettuce.

She has served as editor of the Southern Weed Science Society Proceedings and chaired or been a member of several committees, including the graduate student program and local arrangements committees.

Dusky is the immediate past-president of the Florida Weed Science Society and served as treasurer of the Weed Science Society of America from 1997-2000. She also served as associate editor of Weed Technology.