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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Dr. Mary Lusk

Assistant Professor of Soil and Water Sciences

Dr. Mary Lusk’s research focuses on developing research-based and stakeholder relevant programs that help Floridians enhance and protect our state’s water quality, quantity and supply. She works to ensure that Florida residents, homeowners, urban landscaper managers, city and county officials, and others have the knowledge they need to make sound decisions about water use and water supply management.

  • Research

    Dr. Mary Lusk’s research focuses on developing research-based and stakeholder relevant programs that help Floridians enhance and protect our state’s water quality, quantity and supply. She works to ensure that Florida residents, homeowners, urban landscaper managers, city and county officials, and others have the knowledge they need to make sound decisions about water use and water supply management.

    Dr. Lusk’s Program Focus Areas:

    • Urban water quality, stormwater, and low impact development for urban areas
    • Urban fertilizer ordinances
    • Pathogens in water bodies
    • Onsite wastewater treatment (septic systems)
    • Urban agriculture
  • Extension
    • Water conservation. Even with our abundant summer rainfall, water shortages are not uncommon in Florida. My Extension programs aim to educate Florida citizens about water conservation, alternative water supplies, and water use efficiency. My statewide goals in this area are to
      • Reduce water use in the landscape
      • Increase urban irrigation efficiency
      • Increase the beneficial reuse of reclaimed water
    • Urban water quality. By 2030, Florida will need an additional 1.3 billion gallons per day of fresh water to keep up with state population growth trends. Much of this water will be used by an increasingly urban population. My Extension goals in this area are to develop educational programs that will
      • Reduce nonpoint source pollution from urban sources
      • Increase participation in Florida Friendly Landscaping programs
      • Give Green Industry Professionals and Builders/Developers the science-based tools they need to make sustainable actions at the sites where they work
  • Lab Team
    Lab Phone Number: 813-419-6581
    Staff MemberContact Information
    Kylie Chapman, OPS kyec@ufl.edu
    Audrey Goeckner, Grad Student agoeckner@ufl.edu
    Zijing Liao, Grad Student liaoz@ufl.edu

Contact

Rm. 129
Soil and Water Science
University of Florida/IFAS
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
813-419-6586
mary.lusk@ufl.edu