Dr. Tim R. Gottwald received his B.S in Botany from Long Beach State University in Long Beach, California, in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Oregon State University in 1979. He joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) as a Research Plant Pathologist/Epidemiologist in 1979. Dr. Gottwald was stationed in Byron, Georgia, until 1984 when he moved to the ARS US Horticultural Research Laboratory (USHRL) in Orlando, Florida, to address the 1984 outbreak of citrus canker. Dr. Gottwald relocated when the USHRL moved to Fort Pierce in 2000, where he has served as the Research Leader (≈Department Chair) of Plant Pathology for the last 18 years. He is also an adjunct Full Professor in the Dept. of Plant Pathology, UF Gainesville since 1984.
Dr. Gottwald is continually consulted on epidemiology and sampling designs on a wide range of pathogens and pests by state, national and international regulatory agencies and institutions. His research collaborations span over 39 countries and findings have both driven and significantly changed plant pathogen eradication programs in the U.S. and abroad. He is a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, and his more than 20 awards include: the USDA Secretary of Agriculture’s Honor Award for Outstanding Contributions to Agriculture in 2002, the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Excellence in Technology Transfer Award in 2003, USDA/ARS, ‘Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of the Year’ in 2004, Secretary of Agriculture’s Honor Award – for contributions leading to the eradication of Plum Pox Virus in Pennsylvania in 2009 and is one of the top senior scientists in USDA.
Dr. Gottwald’s research results have been documented in 327 scientific articles, 7 book chapters, 285 abstracts, 2 software releases and over 500 research presentations at national and international technical conferences. His research focuses on phytopathology/epidemiology to provide fundamental knowledge on exotic and domestic bacterial, viral, and fungal pathogens. His long-term research goal is the development of innovative disease control/mitigation and sampling strategies, based on biological and epidemiological evaluation of disease pathosystems. Over the last 19 years, Dr. Gottwald has investigated the novel use of canines to detect plant diseases specifically citrus canker, citrus Huanglongbing (greening) and Plum Pox Virus (PPV) and has been a key collaborator with F1-K9 in the development and deployment of canines for early detection and disease mitigation.