Rechcigl Named Director Of UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research And Education Center At Brandenton And Dover
Mike Martin (352) 392-1971
Jack Rechcigl (941) 735-1314
BRADENTON, Fla. — Jack Rechcigl, a University of Florida Research Foundation professor in the soil and water science department, has been named director of UF’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center at Bradenton and Dover, effective March 16.
For the past year, Rechcigl, a forage fertilization expert, has served as associate director of the Bradenton and Dover facilities, which are part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
In announcing the appointment, Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said “it’s the beginning of a new era” at the Gulf Coast center. “Under Jack’s guidance, we expect continued advances in science and education driven by the center’s faculty and staff.”
Before moving to the Bradenton facility in Feb. 2000, Rechcigl was stationed at the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center at Ona for 15 years. At the Ona center, he conducted 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.
Rechcigl received his bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science from the University of Delaware in 1982. He completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in soil, crops and environmental sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1983 and 1986, respectively.