University of Florida

Joan A. Dusky, Ph.D.


  • Associate Dean for Extension, Agricultural Programs


Dr. Joan A. Dusky is currently Associate Dean for Extension, Agricultural Programs Leader in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida.  

Dr. Dusky provides leadership for the development and delivery of science-based Extension educational programs for agriculture. She has been with the University of Florida for more than 30 years. She began her career at the USDA Metabolism and Radiation Research Laboratory in Fargo, ND.  In 1980, she joined the University of Florida faculty and was located at the Everglades Research and Education Center where she was responsible for research and extension weed management programs for rice, sugarcane, and vegetable crops produced on high organic matter soils, turf and pastures. 

Dr. Dusky‚Äôs research focused on herbicide efficacy, weed/crop interactions, weed biology, herbicide resistance and allelopathy.  Dr. Dusky advised or served on committees of numerous graduate students.  She has published more than 300 journal articles, proceedings, abstracts, extension reports, circulars, bulletins, and fact sheets. 

Dr. Dusky has served as Interim District Director for the Cooperative Extension Service and Interim Center Director at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center. 

Dr. Dusky has received several awards including the USDA Honor Award for her collaborative efforts in developing glyphosate resistant lettuce and the Florida Weed Science Society Outstanding Weed Scientist.  She was named a Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America in 2010.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the SWSS and chaired or been a member of numerous committees.  She has served as Associate Editor for Weed Technology and served as Treasurer of the WSSA.  She has been actively involved in numerous committees for the WSSA over the years.  She has also served as President of the Florida Weed Science Society.

Dr. Dusky holds a B.S. in Biology from Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio (1973), a M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) in Botany from North Dakota State University.

 Dr. Joan A. Dusky


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Gainesville FL 32611-0210


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