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The Soil and Water Sciences Department will hold a weekly seminar series on Friday's at 3 pm for Spring of 2020. As part of this series, MS and PhD students give 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 2020 Seminars

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

January 10 - Dr. Kathe Todd-Brown (UF Invited Speakers Seminar)
Mathematics of Soil Biogeochemistry: Targeted Modeling for Research and Beyond

January 17 - Carla Gavilan (Ph.D. Research Seminar)
Understanding Soil Carbon Dynamics in the Central Andes Ecosystem

January 24 - Dr. Matt Whiles (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)

January 31 - Mark Albrecht (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
EHS809 Training: Hazardous Waste Management in UF Research Laboratories

February 7 - Tracey Schafer (Ph.D. Research Seminar)
Hurricane Impacts on Water Quality and Dissolved Organic Matter Cycling Along an Aquatic Continuum

February 14 - Dr. Andrew Zimmerman (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Biochar Stability in Soil and Aquatic Environments

February 21 - Dr. James Jawitz (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Human Settlements on Fractal Landscapes

February 28 - Dr. Chris Wilson – Agronomy Department (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)

March 6 - No Seminar - UF Spring Break

March 13 - Sara Phelps (Ph.D. Research Seminar)
Sediment Fingerprinting for Nonpoint Nutrient Source Allocation in Urbanized Watersheds

Wednesday, March 18 - Dr. Davie Kadyampakeni (Water Institute Faculty Fellow Seminar)
Enhancing Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency on Citrus Production Landscapes in Florida

March 20 - Dr. Walter Dodds (Distinguished Speaker Seminar)
Nutrient Pollution in Streams

March 27 - Ibukun “Timothy” Ayankojo (Ph.D. Research Seminar)
Towards Best Management Practices in Florida Tomato Production: Irrigation, Nutrition and Modeling

April 3 - John Allar (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)

April 3 - Susan Lamb (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)

Wednesday, April 8 - Rachelle Berger (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar) – Zoom from EREC - Belle Glade – 3177 MCCA
Soil Microbial Community Composition and Nutrient Availability Following Flooded Rice Production in South Florida

April 10 - Kay Wilcox (PhD. Research Seminar)

April 17 - Yuting Fu (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
Investigating the Potential of Allelochemicals in Aquatic Weeds in Agricultural Sciences

April 17 - Kalani Henshaw (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
Subsurface Dissolved and Colloidal Phosphorus Flux in Well-drained Soils


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 Fall 2019 schedule and recordings of the seminars, and 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.

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 2020 Exams: