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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Clyde Fraisse

Professor, Agrometeorology

Program Areas

  • Research

    Departmental Research Areas:

    • Information Systems

    Research Focus:

    • Dr. Fraisse’s research and extension outreach programs focus on the development of decision aid tools, methods and data products for translating climatology and climate forecasts into information required to support agricultural and natural resources management decision making.
    • As a member of the Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC), Dr. Fraisse has been responsible for developing web-based climate information systems customized to the agricultural industry (http://www.agroclimate.org).

Clyde Fraisse is helping Florida’s agricultural producers use climate information to reduce risks and increase profits. His focus is on how the latest climate science can benefit agricultural producers in the southeastern United States. Fraisse often begins by explaining the difference between climate and weather. Weather refers to conditions of temperature and precipitation at a specific time in a specific location. Climate is the trend in weather over a longer period of time, such as a season or a year. 

At the core of Fraisse's climate work is the now-familiar El Niño-Southern Oscillation phenomenon (ENSO). Specifically, El Niño is the warming of a region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean off the West Coast of South America.  In years when the temperature is higher than normal, an El Niño condition occurs. There are also years when the temperature is lower than normal, and this is called a La Niña condition. Then there are so-called "neutral" years when the temperature is within the normal range.

Fraisse cooperates with climate and agricultural scientists of the Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC) to transfer knowledge and increase the climate literacy of agricultural producers in the region. The SECC is a consortium of eight southeastern universities that cooperate to advance the climate sciences and develop decision support tools based on the latest climate science. These tools are accessible to the general public through the Agroclimate.org Web site. Fraisse often works with specific commodity groups, such as strawberry, cotton, or corn producers, to help them understand the wealth of historical information the SECC has compiled about optimum planting schedules and other aspects of growing specific crops. 

Fraisse has been working with plant pathologists to understand the decision-making process of strawberry growers when they are confronted with diseases such as anthracnose and botrytis. He developed a new, web-based tool to help growers to time their fungicide applications. The web decision support system can be accessed at http://agroclimate.org/tools/strawberry/.

Contact Information

cfraisse@ufl.edu  |  Website

352-294-6742

Office:
239 Frazier Rogers Hall

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Colorado State University. Department of Agricultural and Chemical Engineering, 1994
    • M.Sc. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven,  Leuven, Belgium, 1988
    • B.S. Dual degree in Civil Engineering and Cartography, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil, 1982
  • Professional Experience
    • 2018 - Present
      Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2012 - 2018
      Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2003 - 2012
      Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2002 - 2003
      Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University
    • 1998 - 2002
      Senior Research Scientist, Cargill, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
    • 1997 - 1998
      Agricultural Engineer USDA - Agricultural Research Service, Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit, Columbia, MO
  • Publications
  • Awards and Honors
    • Fellow, Florida Climate Institute Faculty, 2015
    • Blue Ribbon Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2014
    • International Achievement Award, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, 2012
    • Outstanding Extension Worker, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - Florida Section, 2011
    • Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society)
    • Gamma Sigma Delta (Honor Society in Agriculture)
    • Honorable Mention Paper Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2000
    • USDA Certificate of Merit: Significant Contributions to the CSWQRU Precision Agriculture Research Program, 1998, 2001
    • Great Distinction, KU Leuven - M.S. Program, 1988
    • Belgium Government Scholarship, 1986
  • Other Professional Activities
    • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
    • American Society of Agronomy
    • Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida
    • Brazilian Society of Agrometeorology