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Dr. Craig D. Stanley

Research: Soil and Water Science

Dr. Stanley's program is designed to plan, implement and manage independent research and Extension programs dealing with soil and water management problems of commercial ornamental, vegetable, and other crops of south Florida.

Specific research areas include the following: 

  • determining crop water requirements;
  • developing and improving water conservation alternatives; and
  • developing improved management practices that result in water quality protection.

Some recent research program areas include:

  • Water management of sterile lantana cultivars as a commercially-grown crop and in landscapes
  • Development and improvement of nutrient and water management BMP’s for fresh market strawberry production
  • Water requirements for transplant establishment of tomato and pepper seedlings for subirrigated and drip-irrigated growing conditions
  • Non-isothermal fate and transport of drip-chemigated fumigant Methyl isothiocyanate (MITC) in plastic-mulched soil beds: model development and validation
  • Development of a solar irradiance model for plastic-mulched soil beds during tomato production
  • Evaluation of a composted cow manure as a substitute component in soil-less pot mixes for ornamental plant production and as a soil amendment in landscape plant beds
  • In situ phosphorus stabilization: effects of co-blending of drinking water treatment residual, quicklime, and magnesium by-products on phosphatic clay tailings and manure-impacted soils
  • Reduction of overhead irrigation use for strawberry transplant establishment
  • Florida onsite sewage nitrogen reduction strategies study
  • Optimizing water use for freeze protection of commercial strawberry production
Dr. Craig D. Stanley

Associate Center Director and Professor, Soil and Water Science