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The Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences will hold a weekly seminar series for the Fall of 2023. 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.

Fall 2023 Seminars

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

Starting this Fall, we are very excited to be back in McCarty Hall A, Room G186 for our in person seminars for the first time since Covid.

Friday, August 25 - Laurel Kaminsky (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Researching In The UF Libraries: Overview Of Resources And Database Search Strategies

Friday, September 8 - Dr. Tom Obreza (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
UF/IFAS Nutrient Management Renaissance, A.K.A. The Big Fertilizer Update

Friday, September 22 - Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Crop Modeling and Food Systems in a Changing Climate

Friday, October 20 - Daniel Colopietro (PhD. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Investigating The Properties Of Soil Organic Matter And Its Role, And Response In (Anthro) Pedogenesis In Florida Soils

Friday, October 27 - Ronell Bridgemohan (PhD. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Spatiotemporal Characterization Of Fecal Zoonotic Microbe Sources, And Nutrient Dynamics In Mixed-Use Watersheds In Northwest Florida

Wednesday, November 15 - Emily Taylor (PhD. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Energy Subsidies And Dynamics Amid The Changing Conditions Of Sub-Tropical Urban Headwater Streams

Friday, November 17 - Dr. Dan Liptzin (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)

Wednesday, November 29 - Laura Cano Castro (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)

Friday, December 1 - Xinya Yang (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
Per- And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Leachability On Wastewater Treatment Residual (WTR) Amended Biosolids

Friday, December 1 - Julia Lee (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
Predictability of Phosphorus Movement in Biosolids Treated Soils

Wednesday, December 6 - Jaya Nepal (PhD. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Evaluation of Application of Carbon Nanomaterials for Crop Production and Its Implications to Plant-Soil-Environment


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 Fall 2023 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.

Fall 2023 Exams: