Ramesh Reddy Named Chairman Of UF Soil And Water Science Department

Source:
Michael Martin mvm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971

GAINESVILLE—Ramesh Reddy, a University of Florida graduate research professor and UF Research Foundation professor in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been named chairman of the department of soil and water science.

Reddy will assume the new position on July l when the current chairman, Randall Brown, returns to his former position as extension specialist in soils and land use. Brown, who joined the UF/IFAS faculty in 1980, has been chairman since 1995.

In announcing Reddy’s appointment, UF Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Michael Martin said UF is fortunate to have an outstanding graduate research professor in the department who can move into this important leadership position.

“Ramesh Reddy has an impressive list of research accomplishments that make him highly qualified for the chairmanship of the soil and water science department,” Martin said. “He also has an excellent understanding of the issues facing the department, along with a genuine commitment to provide progressive leadership.”

At the same time, Martin said it is important to acknowledge the outstanding service Randall Brown has provided during his term as chairman. “The department has advanced under his direction, and Randy has been a constructive and creative member of the UF/IFAS administrative team,” Martin said.

Reddy joined the UF/IFAS faculty in 1979. He is currently serving as associate director of the Center for Natural Resources. He became a UF Research Foundation professor in 1999.

He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in agronomy and soil science from A.P. Agricultural University in Hyderabad, India. He received his doctorate in agronomy and soil science from Louisiana State University in 1976.

His major research interests are in microbial and chemical processes regulating the cycling of nutrients and other contaminants in wetlands and aquatic systems, as related to ecosystem function and water quality.

The author of more than 240 scientific papers, Reddy is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. He has received numerous professional awards during his 28-year career.

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