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The Soil and Water Sciences Department will hold a weekly seminar series for the Spring of 2022. As part of this series, MS and Ph.D. 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 2022 Seminars

Time and Location: 3 pm (unless noted otherwise) on the given date, now done remotely.

Friday, January 14- Dr. David Knaebel, USDA ARS (Invited Speaker)
The Powerful Ecological & Environmental Research Enterprise of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service – Natural Resources & Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program Area

Tuesday, January 18, 10 a.m. - Dr. Jacob Jones (Invited Speaker)
Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS)

Friday, January 21 - Dr. David Babson, US DOE (Invited Speaker)
Engineering and Managing Terrestrial Ecosystems for Optimized Carbon Dioxide Removal and Negative Emissions Pathways

Friday, January 28 - Dr. Matt Whiles (UF Invited Speaker)
The SWSD in 2022: Reflections on 2021 and Opportunities and Challenges for Upcoming Years

Friday, February 4 - Dr. Vijay Verma (UF Invited Speaker)
Plant-Microbiome Crosstalk in the Endosphere: Let's talk about what they are talking about!

Friday, February 11 - Dr. Sarah Strauss (UF Invited Speaker)
Examining intersections between agricultural management practices, the soil microbiome, and environmental sustainability

Friday, February 18 - Dr. Mark Seyfried, USDA-ARS (Invited Speaker)
Thirty-five years of research: an example of the evolving/continuing role of Soil Science

Friday, February 25 - Joris Van Zeghbroeck (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
Phosphorus Management Strategies for Potato Production Systems in Northeast Florida

Wednesday, March 2, 3 p.m. - Dr. Christine Sprunger, The Ohio State University (Invited Speaker)
Rhizosphere dynamics drive soil health and plant performance in agroecosystems

Friday, March 4 - Samuel Kwakye (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Evaluation of Varying Rates of Selected Macro- and Micro- Nutrients, and Water Use in HLB-Affected Citrus Trees in Florida

Friday, March 18 - Jiahua Zhou (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Estuary Salinity of Northern Gulf of Mexico Response to a Changing Environment and Environmental Variables

Wednesday, March 23, 3 p.m. - Dr. Charles Martin (UF Invited Speaker)
Hydrological Alterations Influence the Success of Novel Species in Oligohaline Ecosystems: Case Studies from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Alabama, and the Suwannee River, Florida

Friday, March 25, 3:00 pm - Emma Broadbent (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
The Effects of Drinking Water Treatment Residual Amendments to Biosolids on Plant Uptake of PFAS and Phosphorus

Friday, March 25, 3:30 pm - Hannah Flynn (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
Using R to Develop a Web Tool to Analyze Headwater & Tailwater Elevation at Control Structures in South Florida

Friday, April 1 - Dr. Silvino Moreira (UF Invited Speaker)
Challenges for Sustainable Production in Brazil and the Paths to Circularity

Friday, April 15 - Suman Jumani (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
A New Metric of River Fragmentation and its Application in Conservation and Development Planning

Archived Seminar Recordings



Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds Seminar Series

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

See the Spring 2022 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 2022 Exams:

Jaya Nepal; Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Exam; Tuesday, April 12, 2022; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Via Zoom