Tom Obreza, Ph. D.
Senior Associate Dean and Associate Director, Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Thomas Obreza is Senior Associate Dean for Extension and Associate Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). A native of Ohio, he received his bachelor's degree in agronomy from the Ohio State University. He went on to obtain his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in soil science from the University of Florida.
Dr. Obreza joined UF/IFAS in 1989 as an Assistant Professor of Soil and Water Science at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. His research and extension programs at SWFREC focused on improving nutrient and water management for citrus, vegetable, and sugarcane crop production. He has published extensively in the area of nutrient management for citrus trees. In 2002, he moved to his home department on the main UF campus where his extension program took on a broader scope in the area of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect Florida's water resources. He is the UF liaison to the USDA-CSREES National Water Program, and is also part of the statewide BMP leadership team. He chairs the Board of Directors for Florida's Certified Crop Advisers. He is a previous recipient of the Art Hornsby and Dallas Townsend extension professional enhancement awards.