Agroecology Program director recognized as the 2020 American Society of Agronomy Fellow

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Krishnaswamy Jayachandran, director of the Agroecology Program in the Institute of Environment and professor in the Department of Earth and Environment has been honored as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and included in their 2020 Awards Hall of Fame.

This is the highest recognition bestowed by ASA which awards those for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.

“This is only possible because of FIU’s unconditional support and encouragement,” Jayachandran said. “I want to thank students, colleagues and administrators for this recognition.”

As co-founder of the Agroecology Program, Jayachandran has sought to promote education, research, training, and outreach activities for students focusing on the interface of agriculture, natural ecosystems and urban development, while receiving significant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Using microbiology as a central tool, Jayachandran is specialized on studying soil physical, chemical and biological properties in relation to nutrient cycling and soil quality in wetland and upland systems.