Plant physiologist Timothy R. Gottwald of Fort Pierce, Fla., has been named by the Agricultural Research Service as the agency's “Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of 2004.” ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Gottwald and seven other outstanding senior ARS scientists were recognized at an awards ceremony held recently. Each winner received a plaque, a cash award and additional research funding.

Gottwald, who works at the ARS Subtropical Plant Pathology Research Unit in Fort Pierce, is being honored for exemplary scientific leadership in developing principles of epidemiology that served as the basis for controlling or eradicating serious foreign and domestic plant diseases.

ARS is also honoring seven “Area Senior Research Scientists of 2004:”

  • Southern Plains Area - John E. George, ARS Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory, Kerrville, Texas.

  • Beltsville Area - Jerry C. Ritchie, ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Unit, Beltsville, Md.

  • Mid-South Area - W. Paul Williams, ARS Corn Host Plant Resistance Research Unit, Mississippi State, Miss.

  • Midwest Area - Michael P. Russelle, ARS Plant Science Research Unit, St. Paul, Minn.

  • North Atlantic Area - Marvin J. Grubman, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Orient Point, N.Y.

  • Northern Plains Area - James S. Schepers, ARS Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, Lincoln, Neb.

  • Pacific West Area - Raymond I. Carruthers, ARS Exotic and Invasive Weeds Research Unit, Albany, Calif.