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.

Summer 2017 Seminars

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

May 15, Steve Jennewein (Exit Seminar)
Determining Management Effects on Soil Gas Flux, Microbial Biomass, and Crop Yield to Identify Sustainable Practices in the Everglades Agricultural Area



June 5, Laibin Huang (Exit Seminar)
Microbial Community Structures Related to Nitrogen Cycling in Subterranean Estuaries

June 12, Elise Morrison (Exit Seminar)
Microbial Community Dynamics Along Peatland Nutrient Gradients




July 10, Anna Normand (Exit Seminar)
Global Peatland Soil Organic Carbon Chemical Composition and Greenhouse Gas Production

July 17, Anne Sexton (Exit Seminar)
Aquatic Vegetation Impacts on Sediment Composition, Phosphorus Pools, and Water Quality in South Florida Farm Canals

July 24, Liguang Li (Exit Seminar)
Molecular Characterization of Composition and Sources of Dissolved Organic Nitrogen in Agricultural Catchments

July 31, Matt Jablonski (Exit Seminar)
Exploring the Efficacy of a Natural Wetland to Attenuate Nutrients and Trace Metals from Urban Stormwater Runoff


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.

Fall seminar schedule will be posted once it is available. See recordings of previous semesters.

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.

Summer 2017 Exams: