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Wondi Mersie

Mersie, Wondi, PhD


Associate Dean and Director of Research

Phone: 804-524-5631
Fax: 804-524-5622


  • Post Doc (1988) - University of Florida, Lake Alfred (Weed Science) 
  • Ph.D. (1985) – Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (Plant Physiology/Weed Science)
  • M.S. (1981) - University of Reading, United Kingdom (Crop Protection)
  • B.S. (1977) – Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (Plant Science)

Research Interest

  • Best management practices that protect water resources
  • Fate of pesticides in the environment
  • Management of invasive plant species

Professional Society Memberships

  • Weed Science Society of America
  • International Weed Science Society

Selected Publications

  • Mersie, W., C. McNamee, C. Seybold, J. Wu, and D. Tierney. 2004. Degradation of metolachlor in bare and vegetated soils and in simulated water-sediment systems. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 11:2627-2632.
  • Mersie, W., C. Clegg, R. D. Wauchope, J. A. Dumas, R. Leidy, M. Riley, R. W. Young, J. D. Mattice, T. C. Mueller, and S. A. Senseman. 2002. Interlaboratory comparison of pesticide recovery from water using solid-phase extraction disks and gas chromatography. J. AOAC 83:1327-1333.
  • Mersie, W., C. McNamee, C. Seybold, and D. Tierney. 2000. Diffusion and degradation of atrazine in a water/sediment system. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 19:2008-2014.
  • Mersie, W., C. Seybold, C. McNamee, and J. Huang. 1999. Effectiveness of switchgrass filter strips in removing dissolved atrazine and metolachlor from runoff. J. Environ. Qual. 28:816-821.
  • Mersie, W., and C. Seybold. 1996. Adsorption and desorption of atrazine, deethylatrazine, deisopropylatrazine, and hydroxyatrazine on levy wetland soil. J. Agric. and Food Chem. 44:1925-1929.

Selected Grants

  • Management of the Weed Parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus L.) in Eastern and Southern Africa Using Integrated Cultural and Biological Control Measures. 2005-2009,  USAID IPM CRSP, $519,227.
  • Degradation of Atrazine and Metolachlor Under Various Redox Conditions in a Wetland Soil. USDA/CSREES Capacity Building Grants Program, 1995-1998, $277,783.
  • Effectiveness of Switchgrass Filter Strips in Abating Atrazine from Agricultural Runoff. USDA/CSREES Capacity Building Grants Program, 1994-1997, $313,863.
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