Bachelor of Science in Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1960. Master of Science, North Carolina State University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, North Carolina State University, 1966.
Research associate, Department Agronomy Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1966-1968; interim assistant professor, Department Agronomy Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1968-1969; assistant professor department soil science, U. Florida, Gainesville, 1969-1973; associate professor, U. Florida, Gainesville, 1973-1978; professor, U. Florida, Gainesville, since 1978. Consultant, lecturer numerous organizations.
Vice president Alachua County Youth Orchestra, Gainesville, 1987-1989. Member American Society Microbiology, Soil Science Society of America, Phi Sigma, Gamma Sigma Delta (senior faculty award), Sigma Xi (treasurer).
Married Barbara Jean Lyons, June 10, 1961. Children: Alicia Janine, Lydia Gayle, David Lyons.