Courtesy University of FloridaPhil Stansly, a longtime entomology professor based at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, has been appointed interim director of that facility.
He begins his new job Nov. 1, according to a news release.
Stansly has been with the University of Florida since July 1986—the same year the center became a research facility. His research has included the Asian citrus psyllid and silverleaf whitefly.
Stansly also has Extension duties that include translating laboratory and field trial results into practices growers can use in their fields.
At the same time, the University of Florida has begun a nationwide search for a permanent center director, according to a release issued last week.
This comes as the university decided earlier this month to keep the Immokalee center as a research facility and not convert it to a demonstration site, such as in Live Oak or Hastings.
In the release, Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said he has asked Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences officials to draft a special legislative budget request to provide funds to keep the center open.