Six UF/IFAS faculty tapped as Research Foundation professors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Six faculty members with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have been named UF Research Foundation Professors for 2014-17.

The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that’s likely to continue to distinguish them in their fields. This year, 33 UF faculty members earned the honor.

The following UF/IFAS faculty members earned the recognition:

  • Matthew Cohen, associate professor of forest hydrology. Cohen’s primary research area is watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry, with an emphasis on streams, wetlands and springs.
  • Valérie de Crécy-Lagard, associate professor of microbiology and cell sciences.De Crécy-Lagard primarily focuses on mining the avalanche of genomic information now available to discover novel enzymes and solve longstanding metabolic mysteries.
  • Jeffrey Jones, professor of plant pathology. Jones’ research centers on bacterial plant pathogens, specifically, the ecology and host-parasite interaction of bacterial plant pathogens.
  • Cliff Lamb, professor of reproductive physiology, also at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. Lamb studies how to achieve efficient and economic artificial insemination protocols for beef cattle and evaluates the practical use of applied reproductive technologies and develops.
  • Yuncong Li, professor of soil and water science at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. Li’s research addresses soil and water issues in South Florida. He focuses on nutrient cycling in soils and develops management practices to improve nutrient-use efficiency, crop production and water quality in agricultural and natural ecosystems.
  • Lukasz Stelinski, associate professor of entomology and nematology at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. Stelinski develops integrated pest management strategies for insects. Although he mainly focuses on citrus, he works with colleagues on research projects involving insect pests of temperate tree fruit, temperate and tropical small fruit and other commodities such as ornamental plants and vegetables.

College deans recommended faculty for the Research Foundation professorships, based on nominations from their department chairs, a personal statement and an evaluation of their recent research accomplishments as evidenced by publications in scholarly journals, external funding, honors and awards, development of intellectual property and other measures appropriate to their field of expertise.

The award includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 grant. The professorships are funded from the university’s share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.


Writer: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303,





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Posted: May 2, 2014

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