New scientists join Pee Dee center

By Tom Lollis

Dara ParkFrancis PF Reay-JonesTwo new scientists have joined the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence. Entomologist Francis P.F. Reay-Jones brings expertise in row crops, including tobacco and soybeans. Horticulturist Dara Park specializes in water issues that impact the turfgrass industry and is part of a team of Clemson experts who address water quality in South Carolina

Reay-Jones, a native of Oxford, England, earned a BS in biology and a graduate degree in population and ecosystem biology from the Université de Bordeaux. He earned an MS in plant technology from the Université d’Angers/ Institut National d’Horticulture and a PhD in entomology from Louisiana State University. He held post-doctoral research positions at LSU and Texas A&M prior to joining Clemson.

Park earned a BS in biological sciences and an MS in environmental sciences from Florida Atlantic University, and earned a PhD in soil and water science from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Clemson, she was a turfgrass/water management biologist at the University of Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center.

For more information: Francis Reay-Jones, 843-662-3526, ext. 208,; Dara Park, 843-662-3526, ext. 206,