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.

Fall 2018 Seminars

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

September 10th, Dr. Willie Harris
IDP (Individual Development Plan) meeting with all SWSD graduate students

September 12th, Dr. Keith Shepherd
Three Critical Failures of Soil Science and Opportunities to Overcome them: Spatial Inference, Uncertainty, Economics

September 24th, Dr. Mark Clark
Coastal Shoreline Stabilization with Enhanced Ecosystem Services: A Case Study using “Living Shorelines” in Cedar Key, Florida

October 1 - Dr. Pedro Sanchez
New Breakthrough in Brazilian Tropical Agriculture

October 8, Setyono Hari Adi (Exit Seminar)
Soil-Landscape Modeling for Agroecological Policy Development in the Developing Regions

October 15, Dr. Johannes Lehmann (Distinguished Speaker Seminar, Presented at the 2018 Soil and Water Sciences Research Forum)
Research Forum Opening Remarks
Soil Organic Matter Formation: Concepts and Controversies

October 29 - Amanda Desormeaux (School of Natural Resources and Environment – Interdisciplinary Ecology, Exit Seminar)
Landscape-scale Nitrate Fluxes and Attenuation in Karst Springsheds

Note Time and Location: 1:55 pm - 2:45 pm, Newins-Ziegler Hall, Room 112 (no live-stream or recording)

November 5 - Alisheikh Adem Atta (Exit Seminar)
Citrus Nutrient Management on Huanglongbing (HLB, Or Citrus Greening) Affected Citrus Groves on Florida Sandy Soils

Tuesday, November 6 - Dr. Chris Freeman (Distinguished Speaker Seminar - 10am - 3177 McCarty Hall A)
Can We Use Wetlands to Geoengineer The Climate?

November 12 - No Seminar (Veterans Day)

November 19 - Yan Liao (Exit Seminar)
Hydrology, Carbon Dynamics and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Everglades Wetlands in an Earth System Model

November 26 - Andres Rodriguez (Exit Seminar)
Carbon Oxidation, Characterization, and Soil Subsidence Modeling in the Organic Soils of the Everglades Agricultural Area


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 2018 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 2019 Exams:

Claire Friedrichsen - Ph.D. Defense; March 13th; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 2175 McCarty Hall A