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The Soil and Water Sciences Department will hold a weekly seminar series for the Spring of 2021. 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 2021 Seminars

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

Friday, January 15 - Heather Enloe & Michelle Leonard (UF Invited Speakers Seminar)
Playing Fair in Academia

Friday, January 22 - Dr. Bin Gao (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Engineered Biochar and its Environmental Applications

Friday, January 29 - Dr. Arnold Schumann (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Opportunities for Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture

Friday, February 12 - Kalindhi Larios (Ph.D. Graduate Student Research Seminar)
Exploration of Phosphorus Fluxes in the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas Using A System Dynamics Approach

Friday, February 26 - Dr. Cheryl Mackowiak (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Building Better Soils through Forage-based Agriculture

Wednesday, March 3 - Victor Guerra (Ph.D. Graduate Student Research Seminar) – North Florida REC, Quincy, FL.  Note Special Start Time of 1:00 PM E.S.T.
Soil Microbial and Ecophysiological Aspects of Rhizoma Peanut Inclusion in Bahiagrass Pastures

Thursday, March 4 - Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (UF Invited Speaker Seminar co-sponsored by SWSD Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee and the Everglades REC)
Equity and Inclusion in STEMM

Friday, March 5 - Dr. Lindsey Reisinger (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Crayfish Invasions: Biogeographic Variation in Behavior and Parasitism

Wednesday, March 10 - Tanyaradzwa Chinyukwi (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar) – Citrus REC, Lake Alfred
Assessing Root Nutrient and Fertilization Rates for Potassium, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc for HLB-affected Orange Trees on Florida Flatwoods and Ridge Soils

Friday, March 12 - Dr. Matt Whiles, Soil and Water Sciences Department chair
The SWSD in 2021: Reflections on 2020 and Opportunities for the Upcoming Year

Friday, March 26 - Jessica “Arielle” Taylor-Manges (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
Temporal and Spatial Relationships between Water Quality and Seagrasses - A Case Study of the Charlotte Harbor Estuary System

Wednesday, March 31 - Dr. A.J. Reisinger (UF Water Institute Faculty Fellow Seminar) - Note Special Start Time of 3:30 PM E.S.T.
Nutrient Dynamics Along the Urban Watershed Continuum

Friday, April 9 - SWSD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
SWS DEI Climate Survey Results, Guided Discussion, and DEI Future Steps

Friday, April 16 - Taryn Chaya (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar) – UF Whitney Lab, St. Augustine
Investigating Water Quality Dynamics Across Land Use and Salinity Gradients in A North Florida Estuary

Wednesday, April 21 - Dr. LaKisha Odom (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Navigating Diversity in Agriculture and STEM
Hosted by UF/IFAS Agronomy Department & Soil and Water Sciences Department

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 2021 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 2021 Exams: