Ph.D. Entomology, 2008: Integrated Pest Management Focus University of Georgia
M.S. Agronomy, 2002: Plant Breeding and Genetics Focus
University of Georgia
B.A. Biology, 2000 (Summa Cum Laude)
Research and Outreach Interests
Dr. Samuel-Foo leads the IR-4 Southern Region (SOR) Field Research Program as part of the IR-4 Project, which is a USDA-NIFA sponsored program whose mission is to facilitate registration of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and minor uses. This includes responsibilities for the management and supervision of a team of highly skilled research scientists that generate data according to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) standards for the food use MRL (Maximum Residue Level) studies conducted as part of the IR-4 project. Trials are conducted annually by the IR-4 Southern Region for submission to the U.S. EPA as a step towards obtaining registrations for crop protection chemicals for specialty crops growers in the U.S. The IR-4 SOR consists of 13 states plus Puerto Rico.
Additionally, she has responsibilities for overseeing the Ornamentals and Biopesticides and Organic Support aspects of the IR-4 SOR program. Extension and outreach responsibilities involve working with commodity groups, growers, IR-4 State Liaison Representatives and other Extension and University faculty to help gauge and prioritize annual regional pest concerns. Michelle also is involved with co-teaching and providing guest lectures in several IFAS-wide courses.
University of Florida, Food and Environmental Toxicology Lab
Food Science and Human Nutrition Department
P.O. BOX 110720
SW 23rd Drive
Gainesville, Fl 32611-0720
Phone: 352-392-1978 x406