College Leadership

Dr. Elaine Turner



  • Provide overall leadership for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences as an integral part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Represent the college in the university and in Florida as well as nationally and internationally
  • Coordinate efforts of teaching, research and Extension with the Senior Vice President and deans of IFAS


  • Ph.D. 1995, Purdue University, Nutrition
  • M.S. 1985, Purdue University, Nutrition
  • B.S., Kansas State University, Dietetics

Dr. Allen Wysocki



  • Distance Education
  • International Programs
  • Statewide Programs
  • Honors Program
  • Faculty Development
  • Student Petitions (Third Drop & Interviewing Officer for the College)


  • Ph.D. 1998, Michigan State University, Agricultural Economics
  • M.S. 1997, Michigan State University, Agricultural Economics
  • B.S., Purdue University, Agricultrual Economics

Dr. Joel Brendemuhl



  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Enrollment Management
  • Undergraduate Advising


  • Ph.D. 1985, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nutrition/Swine
  • M.S. 1982, North Dakota State University, Nutrition/Non-ruminant
  • B.S., North Dakota State University, Animal Science

Dr. Heather McAuslane



  • Graduate student professional development
  • Graduate student recruitment
  • Mentor training for faculty
  • Graduate School petitions


  • Ph.D., 1990, Texas A&M University, Entomology
  • M.S., 1986, University of Guelph, Environmental Biology
  • B.Sc., Queen’s University, Biology

H. Charlotte Emerson



  • Student Recruitment and Retention
  • CALS Ambassadors
  • Solutions Seminars
  • Gator Encounter
  • Florida Youth Institute


  • Ph.D., 2017, University of Florida, Agricultural Education and Communication
  • M.Ed. 2001, Florida Gulf Coast University, Educational Curriculum and Instruction
  • B.S., University of Florida, Agricultural Education

Cathy Carr



  • CALS Alumni and Friends
  • Scholarships
  • Career Resources, including student appointments, classroom presentations and the Loop Legislative Internship Program
  • Special events, including TailGATOR, CALS Career Expo and Gator Gatherings


  • M.S. 2005, Oklahoma State University, Agricultural Communications
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University, Agribusiness (Marketing)

Dana Edwards



  • Media Relations
  • CALS Digital and Creative Properties, including social media and website content
  • Weekly Student Email Updates
  • CALS Blog


  • M.S. 2018, West Virginia University, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • B.S., University of Florida, Journalism
  • B.A., University of Florida, History