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

Fall 2021 Seminars

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

Friday, August 27 - Dr. YP "Ping" Hsieh 
Our On-Going Research on Wetland Sulfur Chemistry and Sustainable Agriculture: Opportunities for Research Collaboration

Friday, September 10 - Drs. Jehangir Bhadha, Yang Lin, Rao Mylavarapu, Andrew Ogram, and Sarah Strauss (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Soil Health Roundtable Discussion

Friday, September 17 - Dr. Mark Brenner (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
In Defense of Mud II: What Sediments Have Done for You LatelyIn Defense of Mud II: What Sediments Have Done for You Lately

Wednesday, September 22 - SWS Postdoctoral Associates Lightning Talks

Friday, September 24 - Dr. Yuncong Li (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)

Balancing Crop Production and Ecosystem Restoration in South Florida - Controlling Nonpoint Source Pollution

Friday, October 15 - Dr. Sabine Grunwald (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
AI Modeling of Soils from Local to Global Scale

Friday, October 22 - Dr. Matthew Cohen (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Alternative Stable States in River Ecosystems: Patterns and Predictions

Friday, October 29 - Chris Clingensmith (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy for Enhanced Soil Management at Local and National Scales

Friday, November 5 - Rachel Fenn (M.S. – Thesis Research)
Phosphorus, Orthophosphate and Glyphosate Bioavailability, Uptake and Adsorption in Citrus on a Florida Entisol

Friday, November 12 - No Seminar

Wednesday, November 17 - John Hallas (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Sustainable Phosphorus Recovery from Small Wastewater Treatment Plants through Struvite Formation

Friday, November 19 - Julio Pachon (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Utilizing Rapid and Novel Soil Primary Structure Indices to Characterize Critical Ecosystem Functions

Friday, November 26 - No Seminar - Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, December 3 - Caleb Gravesen (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
The Retention and Release Behavior of Select Antibiotics and PFASs in Municipal Drinking and Wastewater Residuals

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 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.

Fall 2021 Exams:

Adesuwa Erhunmwunse - Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Exam; Monday, December 6th - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - NRFREC Conference Room & Zoom

Emily Taylor - Ph.D. Oral Qualifying Exam; Monday, December 6th - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - 3177 McCarty Hall A & Zoom