J. Scott Angle
Noted soil scientist and advocate for agricultural education and research Dr. J. Scott Angle has served as president and chief executive officer of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) since October 2015.
Before moving to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to head IFDC, Angle served for more than a decade as dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He also held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
An internationally known soil scientist and former Fulbright scholar, Angle combines knowledge with philanthropic passion to tackle issues like hunger, poverty and environmental protection. His solutions include teaching good agricultural practices, including efficient fertilizer use, at the smallholder level. Advocating informed, meaningful policy change and strengthening agricultural sectors are also critical components.
As a researcher, Angle authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific papers, reports, book chapters and abstracts.
He built his career on pioneering research into phytoremediation — the practice of using plants to remove heavy metals and other pollutants from contaminated soils. He also studied the risks and benefits of recycled waste products to improve soil and boost crop growth.
Throughout his career, Angle received several awards for his work. In addition to his Fulbright scholarship, he received the American Society of Agronomy’s Environmental Research Award in 1998 and the Education Award in 2003. He is a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.
At the University of Maryland he was recognized as the inventor of the year for his work on phytoremediation and was a Distinguished Teacher-Scholar – the highest academic award at the University.