The Soil and Water Sciences Department holds a weekly seminar series on Mondays at 3pm when classes are in session. As part of this series, MS and PhD students give exit seminars on their research. The department also invites speakers from among current faculty, other UF departments, and other institutions, including hosting several Distinguished Speaker seminars each year.  

Departmental seminars are open to the public and are streamed live and recorded for later viewing.

Spring 2017 Seminars

Time and Location: 3pm, McCarty Hall A, Room G186 unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 16, NO SEMINAR (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Jan. 23, Mark Albrecht, UF Environmental Health & Safety (Invited Speaker Seminar)
Hazardous Waste Management in UF Research Laboratories

Jan. 30, Dr. Fernando Jaramillo (Invited Speaker Seminar)
Human Impacts on the Terrestrial Freshwater System

Feb. 6, Dr. Milko Jorquera (Invited Speaker Seminar)
Plant-Growth Promoting Bacteria from Chilean Extreme Environments

Feb. 13, Andree George (Exit Seminar)
The Ecology of Salmonella Proliferation in Tomatoes

Feb. 20, Dr. Masanori Fujimoto (Invited Speaker Seminar)
Microbe Mediated Ecological Processes in Natural and Engineered Systems

Feb. 27, Nasiru Danmowa (Exit Seminar)
Fate and Transport of Nitrogen Forms, Phosphorus and Pesticides in Soils from Florida and Nigeria

Mar. 6, NO SEMINAR (UF Spring Break Week)

Mar. 13, Katelyn Foster (Exit Seminar)
Nitrogen Export in Watersheds: Exploring NO3- Attenuation in Sandy Soils from a Humid Subtropical Climate

Mar. 20, Wade Ross (Exit Seminar)
A Region-Wide Analysis of Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics Across 'The Land of Pines'


Apr. 3, Dr. David Bergvinson (Distinguished Speaker Seminar)
Science of Discover to Science of Delivery - ICRISAT's Approach To Serving Dryland Farmers in Asia and Africa


Apr. 17, Stefan Kalev (Exit Seminar)
Concentrations and Loads of Dissolved and Particulate Organic Carbon in Urban Stormwater Runoff and Pond Outflow Waters

Apr. 27, Dr. Elisa D'Angelo, Associate Professor, Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky (Invited Speaker Seminar)
Explorations in Biogeochemical Research by a UFSWS Alumna

Note: Live viewing for this seminar is through Adobe Connect, at The recording will have a different link, which will be posted afer the seminar.


Archived Seminar Recordings

Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds Seminar Series

Offered during the fall and spring semesters, Wednesdays 11:45am-12:35pm, at the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands, Conference Room, Phelps Lab 101. Seminars are open to the public.

See the Spring 2017 schedule and recordings of the seminars as they become available, and recordings of previous semesters, or see the 

This seminar series is presented by the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands, the Water Institute and the Soil & Water Sciences Department.

Distinguished Speaker Seminars

The SWSD sponsors seminars presented by distinguished speakers and invited guests several times each semester. All SWSD students and faculty, and the general public, are encouraged to attend these presentations. See archived recordings.

Invited Speaker Seminars

The SWSD invites individual UF faculty members, alumni, and non UF speakers the opportunity to present a seminar several times each semester. These include inaugural seminars to recognize SWSD faculty contributions to the department and celebrate their promotion in their professional career, focusing on key accomplishments, vision and future direction, and innovative ideas to move the department to the next level of excellence. All SWSD students and faculty, and the general public, are encouraged to attend these presentations. See archived recordings.

Student Seminars

Student Seminars are open to the public. All SWSD students and faculty are expected to attend weekly seminars. See archived recordings.

Student Examinations

Thesis/Dissertation Defenses, Qualifying Exams, and Oral Final Exams are open to interested faculty, staff, and students, and are announced at least 10 days in advance.

Spring 2017 Exams:

Tuesday, April 25th; Nasiru Danmowa; Ph.D. Defense; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 2175 McCarty Hall A

Monday, May 8th; John Hallas; Ph.D. Qualifying Exam; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; 2175 McCarty Hall A

Wednesday, May 24th; Paul Julian; Ph.D. Qualifying Exam; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; 2175 McCarty Hall A