Dr. Brian K. Birky

Dr. Brian Birky oversees the budget, strategic planning and personnel at the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research (FIPR) Institute. He provides technical assistance and information to the Florida Legislature and the U.S. Congress, and serves as liaison to industry-related organizations and agencies, such as The Fertilizer Institute, Florida Department of Health, and Florida Department of…

Dr. Jinrong “Patrick” Zhang

Dr. Jinrong “Patrick” Zhang is responsible for soliciting and evaluating research proposals and managing projects on phosphate beneficiation and mining. His role involves identifying research and development needs and creating programs to address them. Dr. Zhang was trained in metallurgical engineering and earned his B.S. in Metallurgy from Northeastern University (China); M.S. in Metallurgical and…

Dr. Steven G. Richardson

Dr. Steven Richardson leads the reclamation, hydrology and environmental research programs at the Institute and coordinates the solicitation and review of research proposals related to reclamation of mined lands. He serves as contract manager for funded projects and provides reports to the FIPR Institute’s Advisory Board. Dr. Richardson chairs the FIPR Institute’s Reclamation and Hydrology…

Gary Albarelli

Gary Albarelli directs public information and library services at the research institute. Albarelli came to the FIPR Institute in 1992, where he managed library operations before assuming his current post in 2010. Albarelli provides guidance on research proposals and projects, including engineering, technical and strategic recommendations. In addition, he provides services to researchers and industry professionals seeking…