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UF/IFAS soil scientist named SSSA Fellow

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) has named Dr. Samira Daroub with the UF/IFAS soil and water sciences department (SWSD) as an SSSA Fellow. Daroub is a professor of soil and environmental chemistry, the distance education coordinator for the SWSD, and acting center director at the Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, Florida, where she conducts her research and teaching. She was selected for her contributions to soil science through education, national and international service, and research.

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Dr. Samira Daroub

“It is a great honor to be named SSSA Fellow and I share this recognition with the many students and research associates that have been instrumental for my success,” Daroub said. “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 SSSA Fellow in 2006.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Daroub,” said Dr. Matt Whiles, professor and chair of the SWSD. “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 outstanding teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.”

Daroub holds leadership roles in several organizations. She has served on the SSSA Board for three years and was an associate editor for the SSSA journal for six years. She currently serves on the Agronomy Science Foundation (ASF) Board and the US National Committee for Soil Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences. Last year, Daroub was named an American Society of Agronomy Fellow.