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UF soil scientist named ASA Fellow

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) has named Dr. Samira Daroub with the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department an ASA Fellow. Daroub, a professor of soil and environmental chemistry, was selected for her contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. She conducts her research and teaching at the Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, Fla.

Dr. Samira Daroub headshot

Dr. Samira Daroub

“It is a great honor to be named ASA Fellow,” Daroub said. “I share this award with the many students and research associates that have been instrumental for my success. I am grateful for my mentors at the American University of Beirut, Michigan State University, and the University of Florida for their endless support and encouragement.”

Dr. Jim Jones, UF distinguished professor emeritus in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department nominated Daroub. He became an ASA Fellow in 1999. His nomination highlighted Daroub’s development of Best Management Practices for soil and water quality and agricultural sustainability. It also pointed to her innovative techniques in distance education for delivering online classes in soils and environmental nutrient management.

“We congratulate Dr. Daroub on this well-deserved honor,” said Dr. Matt Whiles, professor and chair of the Soil and Water Sciences Department. “Her research expertise in soil and water quality is evident in the dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles she has authored, and it comes through in her teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.”

Daroub holds leadership roles in several organizations. She is an ASA member, Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) board member, and chair of numerous committees. She served as an associate editor for the SSSA journal for six years. The National Academy of Sciences appointed her to its US National Committee for Soil Sciences.