University of Florida
Graduate Students

    Nur Asbani, PhD Student

    Nur Asbani is working under the supervision of Dr. Gregg Nuessly in the Entomology Department. Bani’s research is on the bioecology and pest status of rust mites on sugarcane.

    Bhim Chaulagain, PhD Student

    Bhim Chaulagain is working on his PhD studies under the supervision of plant pathologists, Dr. Philippe Rott and Dr. Richard Raid; Dr. Nicholas Dufauld is also one of his advisors. His project involves the management of sugarcane rusts using fungicides, and Bhim is also developing a prediction model for sugarcane rust diseases.

    Andrés Rodríguez, PhD Student

    Andrés Rodríguez is a Soil and Water Science Department student working on soil subsidence and soil carbon under the supervision of Dr. Samira Daroub and Dr. Stefan Gerber.


    Murali Vuyyuru, PhD Student

    Murali Vuyyuru is a graduate student working on his PhD in Agronomy. He is conducting research to determine the causes of yield decline in successively planted sugarcane and development of management practices to minimize or avoid this decline in yield. He is working under the supervision of Dr. Hardev Sandhu.

    Wardatou Boukari, PhD Student

    Wardatou Boukari has begun her doctoral studies under the direction of Dr. Philippe Rott in the EREC Plant Pathology Department. She is currently conducting transmission studies of Sugarcane yellow leaf virus (SCYLV) in Florida.

    Claire Friedrichsen, PhD Student

    Claire Friedrichsen is examining decision-making processes in soil management. She looks at how stakeholders perceive soil management as part of the food system and their perception of how soil health relates to their own food security.  Claire’s current research is looking at communities in India and south Florida who are participating in extension and outreach programs. She is a PhD candidate in the Soil and Water Science Department, and works under the direction of Dr. Samira Daroub.

    Joaquin Saavadra, MS Student

    Joaquin Saavedra is a master's student working with Dr. Mabry McCray in the Agronomy Department. He is working on a project with P and K rates for sugarcane grown in mineral soils in the EAA.

    Jay Capasso, MS Student

    Jay Capasso is a master's student working under the direction of Dr. Jehangir Bhadha.

    Raphael Negrisoli, MS Student

    Raphael Mereb Negrisoli is conducting his MS research in the Weed Science program under the supervision of Dr. Calvin Odero. His research is specifically involving evaluation of topramezone for postemergence weed control in sugar cane.

    Erik Roldan, MS Student

    Erik Roldan is a master's student working with Dr. Julien Beuzelin in the Entomology Department. He is working on determining population levels of the sugarcane borer and its biological control agents under current sugarcane production practice in Florida.




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