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EDITORS:
Susan Curry
scurry@uft.edu

Dr. Vimala Nair
vdna@ifas.uft.edu

Dr. Tom Obreza
obreza@ufl.edu


FLORIDA
IFAS


EXTENSION PROGRAMS

COVERING FLORIDA FROM TOP TO BOTTOM


V NFREC- Quincy
0 Main campus Gainesville
0 GCREC -Balm
0 RCREC- Ona
O IRREC- Ft. Pierce
O EREC Belle Glade
I SWFREC- Immokalee
I TREC- Homestead


FROM THE CHAIR
A simple way to define extension is "educating people so they can solve problems." The Soil
and Water Science Department (SWSD) has a cadre of extension faculty (number of faculty at
each location shown in the figure above) who conduct programs that help Florida's citizens
solve a wide variety of agricultural, urban, and natural resource problems across the state.
The Department is committed to excellence in extension education. Tom Obreza serves as
SWSD state-wide extension coordinator and provides leadership to coordinate extension
programs. Few examples are presented in our newsletter.
The SWSD extension programs address soil and water quality issues in a range of ecosystems
including: agricultural lands, forested lands, range lands, urban lands, and wetlands and
aquatic systems (springs, shallow lakes rivers, and estuaries). Additional information on
our extension programs can be found at: http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/extension
and http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/

Florida's water resource issues of concern center on water quality impairment by nutrients
and competition for freshwater supply. Thus, a large portion of the department's extension
effort is directed towards nutrient and water management for crop production and water
quality protection in agricultural, recreational, and urban landuse.
Floridians also must understand the importance of natural systems and Continued on Page 5


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MANAGING NUTRIENTS E WATER FOR PAGE 2

Environmental Nutrient Management for High-Intensity
Turfgrass Production

Florida has 1250+ golf courses (and counting), more than any other state.
Like agricultural producers, turfgrass managers are under increased pressure
to property manage nitrogen and phosphorus inputs. Jerry Sartain educates
Florida's golf course superintendents about the latest environmentally-
friendly fertilizer technology and nutritional
requirements of intensively-managed southern
grasses. He determined that N leaching can be
nearly eliminated by using controlled-release
fertilizer, and is developing a plant tissue test
that improves upon standard soil testing to
determine turfgrass needs for P fertilizer. He
regularly meets with superintendents across the
Jerry Sartain's nutrient management state to communicate his findings and
extension program helps Florida's golf recommendations. For more information,
course superintendents maintain top-quality contact Jerry Sartain at JBS@ufl.edu
turfgrass while minimizing nutrient losses. Jerry Sartain



Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan Minimizing Phosphorus Export from
Training for Technical Service Providers the Everglades Agricultural Area



The USDA-NRCS requires Comprehensive Nutrient
Management Plan (CNMP) development for all Confined
Animal Feeding Operations. The NRCS allows private
individuals to write these plans, but they must first be
trained and certified. In collaboration with NRCS, Rao
Mylavarapu created a program to train individuals in
nutrient management and land treatment practices
including the Florida Phosphorus Index. Since 2002, he
has trained 213 people. The final training session will be
held held December 6-8,2006 in Okeechobee. For more
information, visit http://nutrients.ifas.uft.edu, or
contact Rao Mylavarapu at RaoM@uft.edu. Alan Wright discusses P nutrient management
practices with an EAA celery producer.

One of the main objectives of Everglades Restoration is
decreasing phosphorus loads leaving the Everglades
SAgricultural Area (EAA) with surface water drainage.
;Alan Wright of the Everglades REC at Belle Glade
directs an extension program to help vegetable
producers implement crop management practices that
minimize P inputs to organic soils in the region. In
cooperation with growers, effects of P application
methods and rates on the fate of applied P in soil are
being tested and disseminated to commercial
production managers. The outcomes of these
educational efforts are optimization of P fertilization rates
for various crops grown on the in the EAA, and ultimately
minimization of total P inputs attributed to agriculture.
Rao Mylavarapu explains the utility of the Contact Alan Wright at ALWr@ufl.edu.
Phosphorus Index to Technical Service
Providers-in-training.






PAGE 3 CROP PRODUCTION & WATER QUALITY



Suwannee River Partnership Protecting the Biscayne Aquifer and
Education Team F Florida Bay from Nutrient Impairment

UF-IFAS Extension is a member of the Su, annee River e iae auife
The Biscayne aquifer
Partnership, s.those mission is to educate local
supplies fresh water
lando-. ners about nutrient and after r management in supps fh
to Biscayne and
order to minimize nitrate-N loading to the Su' 'annee t Bisy
Florida Bays, and is
and Santa Fe river basins. Considering that there are
the primary source
more than 200 center piv,.ot Irrigation systems on
of potable water in
extremely sandy soils in the region, proper irrigation of potable water
management is critical to prevent nitrate teaching. Tomsote
Florida. Considering
Obreza conducts training sessions and schools that ria dein
that the Local
educate county agents and producers about soil ater- that the loca
holding properties, soil after measurement, crop after rcuturucog i shows a
needs. irrigation system uniformity, and irrigation production area is grower how tensiometers can help
scheduling. Pre and post tests have documented ominte b gowschedule irrigation help
knoll. edge gain. which translates into afterr savings and highy-porous, rocky
better nutrient use efficiency throughout the basins. limestone soits,
For more information f contact Tom Obreza at Miami-Dade county's 2+ million residents are concerned
Obre nza@ufl .edu. about water quality. Yuncong Li, located at Tropical
REC-Homestead, educates county agents, government
agencies, and producers about management practices
that minimize leaching of fertilizers and pesticides. For
example, Li showed that most soils contain sufficient
plant-available P for crop production without additional
P fertilization. As a result, he was able to convince
producers to reduce P fertilizer use. He teaches growers
S, how to schedule irrigation, and has helped introduce new

production, and help protect water quality by absorbing
excess N and P. For more information, visit
http://yuncong.ifas.ufl.edu/ or contact Yuncong Li at
YunLi@ufl.edu.
Tom Obreza shows north Florida producers how easily
nitrogen fertilizer leaches in sandy soils.


Water Et Nutrient Best Management Practices for Strawberry Production

Florida produces about 15% of the USA's strawberries, a nutrient and water-intensive
crop, on about 7000 acres near Plant City. Craig Stanley of the Gulf Coast REC at Balm
coordinates an industry-initiated project to evaluate the effectiveness of water and
nutrient BMPs for strawberry production. The goal is to assess the degree of current BMP
use, demonstrate BMP effectiveness, and encourage grower adoption of water and
nutrient management practices that will reduce
potential contamination of groundwater and surface
water bodies. This project involves 11 grower/
cooperators and 21 sampling sites, all on commercial
strawberry production operations. Sites were monitored
during the production season by weekly sampling
leachate collected below the root zone of micro-
irrigated strawberry crops. Nitrate-N lost from the fields Craig Stanley
ranged from 18 lbs/acre (about 13% of applied N) to less
than 1 lb/acre, depending on irrigation management intensity. The majority of sites had
nitrate-N losses less than 5 lbs/acre, (less than 3% of applied N), indicating that many
growers are already effectively using BMPs. For more information, contact Craig Stanley at
CDS@ufl.edu.






MANAGING NUTRIENTS E WATER PAGE4


Best Management Practices for Forage Production

Florida forages are used for roadsides, recreation, wildlife and livestock.
Forages are one of the best agronomic commodities to prevent excess
nutrient losses to the environment. Extension agents and producers require
timely information to keep fields productive while maintaining good
Environmental stewardship. To meet this need, the SWSD Extension
Specialists Cheryl Mackowiak of the North Florida REC at Quincy and Maria
Silveira of the Range Cattle REC at Ona
demonstrate nutrient and water best management
practices (BMP) in both north and south Florida.
Their efforts focus on developing environmentally
Cheryl Mackowiak explains what it takes to sound and economically sustainable forage fertility
produce high-quality forage while also management options that extension agents can
preventing off-site nutrient losses, showcase to producers. For example, fertility
recommendations have not kept pace with
breeders who continue to release ever greater-yielding varieties. Additionally, escalating fertilizer
costs combined with increased pressure to use livestock and municipal organic wastes present
opportunities to develop alternative fertilizer sources for forages. For more information, contact Maria Silveira
Cheryl Mackowiak at CLMackowiak@ufl.edu and Maria Silveira at MLAS@ufl.edu.


Nutrient Management in Urban and Commercial Landscapes


When rain falls on yards, roads and parking Lots,
water flows across impervious surfaces into storm
drains, carrying pollutants like fertilizers,
pesticides, soil, petroleum products and other
pollutants to streams, rivers, and takes. Pollutants
-, ',. from residential areas threaten the health of
Florida's water and ecosystems as much or more
than those from agriculture. Amy Shober of the
Gulf Coast REC at Balm focuses her extension
Amy Shober program on nutrient management issues in Florida's
urban landscapes. She is closely linked with the
UF-IFAS Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) program that encourages Amy Shober teaches Florida's urban
homeowners to water efficiently, mulch, recycle, select the least toxic pest residents how to manage theiryards to
control measures, put the right plant in the right place, fertilize only when prevent ecosystem degradation of
necessary, provide food, water and shelter for wildlife, protect surface neighborhood stormwater retention ponds.
water bodies (i.e., bays, rivers, streams, ponds, etc.) and minimize
stormwater runoff. Proper implementation of FYN practices protects the natural environment around us for future
generations to enjoy. For more information, contact Amy Shober at ALShober@uft.edu.


Graduating students
Masters PhD
Kelly Fischler .(Mary Collins) Sampson Agyin-Birikorang. (George O'Connor )
Natalie Balcer. (Mark CLark) Deoyani Sarkhot. (Nick Comerford)
Darren Bishop. (Willie Harris) Ola, 'ale Oladeji. (George O'Connor and Jerry Sartain)
CLaudia wrrieta. (Samira Daroubi Sanjay Lamsal. ISabine Grun,-,ald)
Travis Richardson. ( Peter Nkedi-Kizzal Maria S.1. Gonzaga. ILena MAa)
T.J. Re,.t. (Don GraetzI Roseanna Ritero, ISabine Grun,-,ald)
Incoming students
Myles Davis, PhD. major advisor. Dean Rhue Scott Davis. MS (distance). (Tom Obrezal
Kerry Mathe, .s MS. DE Diane Racine. MS. DE
David Irick MS, DE






PAGE 5 POLLUTION ASSESSMENT & PREVENTION

Preventing Pollution of the Indian River Lagoon

Surface runoff water from Indian River citrus groves ultimately drains into the
Indian River Lagoon or the St. Lucie Estuary, portions of which have been
negatively impacted due to poor water quality. Chris Wilson of the Indian River
REC at Ft. Pierce has quantified non-target deposition of
pesticides as related to ground sprayer operation
techniques, and has identified several BMPs to reduce
direct contact of spray materials with drainage canal
water. He regularly participates in grower workshops to
highlight the ecological consequences of reduced water
quality due to individual constituents, and to explain how
Chris Wilson helps citrus growers BMP implementation can be a cost-effective remedy for
understand why leaving the sprayer on surface water impairment. For more information, contact
while turning near a canal is a bad idea. Chris Wilson at CWilsonuft.edu. Chris Wilson


Continuing Education for The 7th Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum
Agricultural Professionals The 7th Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum
Ihttp://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/forum/ 1 \,as '.ell attended .-'ith introductory
remarks presented by Dean for Research Dr. Mark MAALellan and a keynote
Ed Hanlon of the Southwest Florida REC presentation by Dr. Hans Paerl. Kenan Professor from University of North
at Immokatee has been instrumental in
at Immokalee has been instrumental in Carolina. A total of 50 papers from students and post-doctoral fellow ,s
the development of the Certified Crop
the development of he Certid Crop .ere presented at the Forum. Thanks to the Faculty Research Forum
Advisor Program Florida. The program committee. Lena Ma IChainr. Mark Clark, Jim Ja'.'itz, Sabine Grun-,ald.
began in 1994 with direct sponsorship by Rao Mylavarapu. and Andy Ogram, for their effort in organizing the
the Forida Fertiizer and Agrochemical Forum. Special thanks to Gabriel Kasozi graduate students and to
Association (FFAA). Ed has served as a Rhiannon Pollard IProgram Assistant) for their hard 'ork in making final
member of the Board of Directors, and ..
member of the Board of Directors, and arrangements for the Forum. Mark your calendars for the 8"' annual Soil
continues to offer continuing education and Water Science Research Forum scheduled for September 7, 2007.
units semi-annually at five locations
simultaneously, working with Tom
Obreza and other departmental faculty (Continued from page 1)
members. The pre/post instruments wetlands in maintaining watershed health, so SWSD extension trains
show an average knowledge gain of county agents how to conduct watershed education programs at the
more than 50%, and is continually local level. In addition, our extension faculty work closely with state
praised by CCAs for timely information agencies in addressing water quality issues by conducting demonstration
with reduced travel demands. Ed is projects. Because Florida is so geographically diverse, two-thirds of
currently developing a web-based SWSD extension specialists are located on the "front lines" at Research
system for self-study, which should be and Education Centers from Quincy to Homestead (see map). The
operational in late 2006. For more ultimate goal of our statewide extension effort is to help Florida strike a
information, contact Ed Hanlon at balance between sustainable agricultural production, urban growth, and
EAHanlon@ufl.edu. natural resource protection that maintains a high quality and plentiful
water supply for all users.


An audience of agricultural professionals
benefits from the acumen of Ed Hanlon.


The SWSD extension faculty translate current, relevant soil, water, and
environmental science knowledge into user-friendly formats for Florida
residents, visitors, industry, business, governmental agencies and county
agents. Formats include publications, presentations, in-service training,
videos and computer software. The SWSD faculty's basic and applied
research supports extension efforts by addressing current and
anticipated land, soil, and water resource uses and potential
environmental problems. The UF/IFAS Extension Soil Testing Laboratory
(ESTL) managed by SWSD offers a variety of tests for mineral soils,
container media and irrigation water. Information about these tests can
be obtained either directly from the ESTL or by contacting your local
County Extension Office. Additional information can be found at:
http://soilslab.ifas.ufl.edu/ or by contacting ESTL at:
soilslab@ifas.ufl.edu






FACULTY, STAFF, & STUDENTS PAGE 6



Patrick Inglett wins 2006 Emil Truog Soil Science Award
The Emit Truog Award is presented by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and is
supported through funds originally derived from Society members and a bequest from Dr.
Truog's estate. Dr. Truog was one of the founding members of SSSA. The Emit Truog Award is
given once a year to one Ph. D. recipient who has made an outstanding contribution to soil
science as evidenced by his or her Ph. D. dissertation.
Patrick Inglett is currently a post-doctoral research associate in the Soil and Water Science
Department of the University of Florida. His dissertation titled, "Stable Nitrogen Isotopic
Ratios as an Indicator of Wetland Eutrophication: A Case Study in the Florida Everglades"
investigated processes affecting patterns of "1N in wetland plants and soils. Through his study
he was able to demonstrate a new application of such isotopic patterns to indicate phosphorus
pollution. Patrick plans to continue this research as an academic faculty where he hopes to develop a research and
teaching program dedicated to the study of coupled carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles.

2006 Soil Science Professional Service Award presented to Wade Hurt
The Soil Science Professional Service Award, given by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA),
is awarded to scientists who have provided distinguished service to the soil science profession.
Wade Hurt, a soil scientist with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, was selected to
receive this award. Wade is on the staff of the National Soil Survey Center located in Lincoln, NE
and courtesy faculty in the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida. He
also serves as NRCS National Leader for Hydric Soils. His work focuses mainly on hydric and
subaqueous soils and soil interpretations for nutrient and pesticide management. Hurt has been
active in SSSA and has served on its Glossary Committee. Four times a year, Wade teaches Hydric
Soils short course to environmental professionals.

K. Ramesh Reddy was selected to present the first William Patrick Wetland Biogeochemistry Memorial Lecture at the 2006
Annual meetings of Soil Science Society of America, Nov. 12-16, 2006. Indianapolis, IN.

Solomon Haile (major advisor, affiliate distinguished professor PK Nair; co-chair, Vimala Nair), was awarded the 1st place
in recognition of outstanding achievement in the 2006 Minority Student Poster Presentation at the Annual Meetings ASA/
CSSA/SSSA held in Indianapolis in November 2006. Manohardeep Josan (major advisor, Vimala Nair) received an
"Honorable Mention" at the same competition.

James Jawitz received the 2006 Alpha Zeta Professor of the Year for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
2006 American Water Resources Association UF Student Chapter (James Jawitz club advisor) received Honorable
Mention for National Outstanding Student Chapter.

Jehangir Bhadha, PhD student selected for 2006 William V. Storch Award ($1000) for excellence in graduate studies from
the Florida Chapter of the American Water Resources Association. (James Jawitz major advisor)

Rao Mylavarapu received the Hornsby Extension Professor award for the year 2006-2007.

Rao Mylavarapu has been (1) elected as a Board member of Soil Et Plant Analysis Council, 2006-2009; (2) elected as the
Vice-Chair, SERA-IEG-6 on Methodology, Interpretation, and Implementation of Soil, Plant, Byproduct, and Water Analyses,
2006-2008; and (3) nominated as USDA-CSREES Southern Water Quality Program representative on EPA Region 4 Nutrient
Criteria Development Regional Technical Advisory Group.

Susan Curry and Rao Mylavarapu, received the UF/IFAS Gold Image Award for USDA CSREES Southern Water Quality
Nutrient Management Team Regional Newsletter.

Ann Wilkie received one of five "Sustainable Solutions Awards" presented nationwide to University academic departments
that exemplify principles of environmental sustainability. The award was given for her innovative manure management
system.

Nick Comerford was selected to receive a 2006 IFAS International Fellow Award.
Service pins are awarded to the following USPS/TEAMS staff members: Susan Curry 5 years; Elizabeth Kennelly 5
years; Martin Sandquist 20 years.


Scott Brinton, Chemist, was selected to receive the SWSD Superior Accomplishment Award.


(Continued on page 7)






WATERSHED EDUCATION-


Watershed Education and Low Impact Development (LID)


/


Florida's expanding population is causing severe encroachment of the urban sector
onto former agricultural land and natural areas. Significant land use changes have
resulted in impairment of many state water bodies, presenting new challenges to
water resource management and water quality protection. To meet new
educational needs of Florida's county extension agents, Mark Clark helped form
the UF-IFAS "Watershed Education Team," a group of Extension Specialists that
conducts annual multi-disciplinary watershed in-service training. Clark is also
involved in the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, a diverse team of
extension faculty offering workshops to county planners, growth managers and
developers about LID stormwater practices and sustainable development
strategies. These programs have improved extension agent understanding of
physical, chemical, and regulatory factors influencing watershed processes and
management. They have also inspired several master plan developments in Florida
to propose alternative LID stormwater designs. For example, six additional county
governments have requested workshops to help them better evaluate alternative
growth strategies. For more information, visit http://wetlandextension.ifas.ufl.edu/
and http://www.energy.ufl.edu, or contact Mark Clark at ClarkMW@ufl.edu.


Evapotranspiration-Based
Citrus Irrigation Scheduling
Water needed to irrigate citrus groves
competes ',ith residential, industrial, and
recreational demands for an increasingly
scarce resource. A computer model that
predicts citrus ,ater use as developed
by Kelly Morgan of the South' ,est Florida
REC at Immokalee to help gro', ers
schedule irrigation and increase ,'ater
use efficiency. Six stations in cooperating
groves collect weather r and soil ', after
content data that the model uses to
estimate daily evapotranspiration (ET),
predict soil '*'ater content, and
determine irrigation schedules. Gro', ers
irrigating by these schedules have sho' 'n
confidence in their accuracy as they
become more comfortable ,ith the
technology. The model has been
developed into a gro,- er irrigation
scheduling tool that is available on the
FAWN ,ebsite (http://fa' ,n.ifas.ufl.edu.
under the Management Tools menul. For
more information, contact Kelly Morgan
at ktm,:3ufl.edu.


IKelly Morgan
Kelly Morgan


PAGE 7


Mark Clark shows county extension
agents how to measure stream flow
and calculate pollutant loads.


Lauren Dillard was selected to receive the SWSD
Outstanding Undergraduate Award.


Kirandeep Mann received the Hunt Brothers Fellowship to pursue her
doctorate degree.
7th Annual SWSD Research Forum winners: Best oral presentation winner
- Josan Manohardeep; Best poster presentation winners A. Albertin; D.
Herrera; C. Hicks; and T. J. Rew
William K. Robertson Fellowship. This fellowship is granted
annually to an outstanding graduate student in Soil and Water
Science on the basis of excellence in academics and research.
Recipient of the Fellowship: Kimberly Epps and Caitlin Hicks
Sam Polston Scholarship : This scholarship is given annually to an
outstanding graduate student in Soil and Water Science. Recipient of the
Fellowship: Sampson Agyin-Birikorang and Angelique Keppler
Victor W. Carlisle Fellowship: This fellowship will go annually (if a
worthy awardee is found) to a graduate student studying Pedology (soil
genesis, classification, and soil survey) or Soil Mineralogy in the Soil and
Water Science Department. Recipient of the Fellowship: Kelly Fischler
Frederick Buren Smith Scholarship. This award, paid from the F.B. Smith
Scholarship Endowment established by long-time Chair F.B. Smith, is given
to "an outstanding undergraduate student" in Soil and Water Science.
Recipient of the Fellowship: Rotem Shahar
The UF Agronomy and Soils Club recently traveled to Indianapolis
for the 2006 National SASES (Students of Agronomy, Soils and
Environmental Sciences) Meeting. Taking nine members, the club
competed and excelled in a number of contests against schools from
across the nation. Charlie Nealis placed fourth in the speech
contest and Brianne Schobert placed first for her visual
presentation. Charlie was also elected as National SASES treasurer for the
coming year. The club won first place in the Club Poster Contest
and won the Quiz Bowl for the second year in a row. Four club
members were chosen among many across the country as being Golden
Scholar Students and were able to participate in special learning
sessions as well as have a mentor from another university. Club Advisors:
Don Graetz and Lori Snyder.


(Continued from page 6)






IN MEMORIAL


James M. Davidson


Dr. James M. Davidson, (former
Professor of Soil Physics) and
Emeritus Vice President of
Agriculture and Natural
Resources, Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, University
of Florida, passed away
September 26, 2006 at the E.T.
York Hospice Care Center in
Gainesville, after a long illness.
He was 72 years old. Dr. Davison
was born on April 16, 1934 in The
Dalles, OR. He attended The
Dalles High School in 1950. Before
coming to Florida, Davidson taught at Oklahoma State
University and held laboratory research posts at Oregon
State University and the University of California, Davis. He
earned a bachelor's degree in soil science at Oregon State
in 1956 and stayed to earn a master's in soil physics in 1958.
He earned a doctorate in soil physics at the University of
California, Davis in 1965.
Dr. Davidson came to UF/IFAS in 1972, as a visiting
associate professor and joined the faculty as a soil science
professor in 1974. From 1979 to 1992, Davidson served as
Assistant Dean and Dean for Research for UF/IFAS. As Dean
for Research, he was responsible for UF/IFAS research
programs in 23 academic departments and 13 research and
education centers throughout Florida. His research focused
on the movement of pesticides and other organic
contaminants through the soil. He is a fellow of the Soil
Science Society of America, the American Society of
Agronomy, and is listed in American Men of Sciences; Men of
Achievement; Who's Who in the South; Who's Who in Science
and Engineering. Davidson was awarded the Distinguished
Service Award of the Soil Science Society of America. He
has served on national committees investigating
groundwater quality, including a committee of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and co-chaired the
National Research Council committee on the Everglades.
Jim Davidson, was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of
Fame in 2005 for his outstanding contributions as a teacher,
researcher, and a leader for agricultural and natural
resource programs.
Dr. Davidson is survived by his wife Peg; Mother Kathryn
Davidson; Father-in-law Maurice Tewinkel; Sister Kathy
Altig; Brother Ed Davidson; Daughters and sons-in-law -
David and Debbie Burden; Sam and Jodi Bates; Ray and
Michelle Crowder; Grandchildren: Melissa and Natalie
Burden; Trevor, Maggie and Emma Bates; Ryan and Lindsay
Crowder; and many friends and colleagues. He was
preceded in death by his father, Melvin Davidson. Memorial
contributions may be made payable to the University of
Florida Foundation SHARE (specify the Davidson
Graduate Student Travel Scholarship Fund) and sent to
Office of Development SHARE, P.O. Box 110170,
Gainesville, FL 32611-0170. Expressions of condolence may
be sent to Mrs. Peg Davidson, 4421 NW 20TH Place,
Gainesville, FL 32605


Victor W. Carlisle


I-


Dr. Victor W. Carlisle, Professor
Emeritus of Soil and Water
Science at the University of
Florida, passed away
September 29, 2006 at the E.T.
York Hospice Care Center in
Gainesville, after a long illness.
Dr. Carlisle was born on
October 3, 1922 in Bunnell,
Florida. He attended Flagler
County public schools and
graduated from Bunnell High
School in 1940. He received his
B.S. from UF in 1947 after a
three-year interruption for military service as a pilot with
the Army Air Force in World War II. He began
employment with the Soil and Water Science Department
in 1948 as a soil surveyor. He later returned to the
classroom and received his M.S. in 1954 and Ph.D. in
1962, both in soil science from the University of Florida.
Dr. Carlisle was the University of Florida's state soil
survey leader and coordinator of the Soil Characterization
Laboratory. For six consecutive years he was cited
among the top 100 UF faculty in total grant funding. Dr.
Carlisle retired from the University of Florida in 1990, but
remained active in departmental activities. In
retirement he also was active as a private consultant,
concentrating on hydric soil identification and
delineation. In the late 90s Dr. Carlisle established the
Victor W. Carlisle Fellowship Endowment, which provides
an annual monetary award to an outstanding graduate
student studying pedology or mineralogy in the Soil and
Water Science Department.
Over the course of his career, Vic served as president of
the Soil and Water Conservation Society-Florida Chapter,
the Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida, and the
Florida Association of Environmental Soil Scientists (of
which organization he was a founding member in the
1970s). Dr. Carlisle was named the Distinguished Soil
Classifier by the Florida Association of Environmental Soil
Scientists, and he received the professional Achievement
Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Vic
was a member of ASA, SSSA, IUSS, the Soil and Crop
Science Society of Florida, the Florida Academy of
Sciences, the Florida Association of Environmental Soil
Scientists, Florida Defenders of the Environment, the Soil
and Water Conservation Society, Gamma Sigma Delta,
and Sigma Xi.
Dr. Carlisle is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy,
three daughters, three granddaughters, and many
relatives, friends, and colleagues. Memorial
contributions may be made payable to the University of
Florida Foundation SHARE (specify the V. W. Carlisle
Fellowship Endowment Fund 7437) and sent to Office of
Development SHARE, P.O. Box 110170, Gainesville, FL
32611-0170. Expressions of condolence may be sent to
Mrs. Dorothy Carlisle, 4308 SW 19th Terrace, Gainesville,
FL 32608-4019.


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