Robert Taylor

Robert W Taylor

Dean, Cesta

About Me

Dr. Robert W. Taylor has been the Dean and Director of Land-Grant Programs for the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, at Florida A&M University, since 2012. Previously, he served as Dean of the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) from 2006 to 2011, Professor of soil and environmental chemistry, and Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Training (CERT) from 1990 to 2006 at AAMU. His research interest includes soil and environmental chemistry, plant science, and soil and water pollution. Taylor developed a new soil chemical (P) adsorption hypothesis and helped to develop a new nanopore chemical adsorption theory in minerals. Taylor served as an associate editor of the Soil Science Society of America Journal – Soil Chemistry Division from 2009 to 2014, and was the Chair of the Division from 2002 to 2003. In 2003, he received the 1890 Morrison-Evans Outstanding Research Award (2003) and received the 20th Century Agricultural Development International Award from Hisar, India in 2000. He was bestowed the honor as a Fellow of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) in 2010, the Soil Science Society of America in 2002, and the American Society of Agronomy in 2000. Taylor attended Tuskegee Institute where he earned a B.S. in agronomy, summa cum laude, a M.S. in soil microbiology and a Ph.D. in soil chemistry from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.