David Jaramillo is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Agronomy with a concentration in Agroecology under the direction of Dr. Jose Dubeux. David is from Medellin, Colombia, and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, at the age of 10. He received his BS in Animal Science at North Carolina State University. Upon finishing his BS, David interned with the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Marianna and thereafter became a master’s student at UF. David is conducting his research at NFREC where his major advisor is based.
David’s research project is assessing the performance of pastures (bahiagrass and bermudagrass) mixed with annual and perennial peanut. The project aims to reduce inorganic fertilizer inputs into pasture systems and increase forage nutritive value through grass-legume mixtures. Promoting grass-legume mixed stands can significantly reduce fertilizer use and increase the overall productivity of a pasture system.
Regarding the UF Agroecology concentration, David says: “My favorite aspect of the agroecology concentration has been the opportunity to learn about different agricultural practices throughout the world and the global perspective that we are presented. These ideas will change my perspective and will change the way that I perceive agriculture as a whole.”
David’s advisor, Dr. Jose Dubeux is a professor of pasture and forage management at UF. Dr. Dubeux has a focus in nutrient cycling in forage production systems. UF Agroecology Masters students, like David, have the opportunity to take classes through distance learning while participating in research at one of the 12 UF Research and Education Centers throughout the state.
David has defended his thesis and plans to pursue a PhD in the Agroecology concentration.