Anastasia Vaccaro is working towards her master’s degree in Agronomy with a concentration in Agroecology with her expected completion in Spring 2017 under Dr. Diane Rowland. She received her B.S from the University of Florida in Agronomy upon the completion of her degree in Brazil at The Universidade Federal De Santa Maria. After graduation she worked with a commercial plant nursery before beginning the pursuit of her Master’s degree in 2015.
Of the Agroecology concentration at UF, Anastasia says: “The Agroecology program enables me to learn about policies and production practices outside of my community. I can draw on these experiences later in my career to help improve resiliency in agricultural systems.”
Anastasia’s current research is assessing the impacts of different nitrogen and irrigation management regimes on the physiological and morphological growth of sesame. Sesame is a broadleaf annual crop that is a new to the southeastern USA. Sesame production in Florida may help farmers to diversify their production systems while offering options to them that are suitable to Florida’s climate.