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The Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences will hold a weekly seminar series for the Spring of 2024. 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 2024 Seminars

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

In-Person seminars are held in McCarty Hall A, Room G186.

Friday, January 26 - Dr. Samuel Smidt (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Partnering with American Farmland Trust to Grow Your Research Program

Friday, February 2 - Dr. Matt Whiles (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
The Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences Department in 2024: Reflecting on 2023 & Opportunities and Challenges for Upcoming Years

Friday, February 16 - Marc Hensel (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Global change, novel environments, and the uncertain future of coastal ecosystems

Friday, March 1 - Dr. Jamie Loizzo (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Science Communication: Streaming Science and SWES Showcase

Friday, March 8 - Dr. Ramdas Kanissery (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Addressing Weed Control Challenges In Florida: A Soil And Environmental Approach

Friday, March 15 - UF Spring Break

Friday, March 22 - Jack Upchurch (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
Machine Learning-Based Identification of Ecosystem Services: A Novel Framework

Friday, March 29 - TBA

Friday, April 5 - TBA

Friday, April 12 - TBA

Friday, April 19 - Alexandra Bijak (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Effects Of Seagrass Species Diversity On Ecosystem Stability And Biogeochemical Functioning


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 this semester's 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 Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences.

Invited Speaker Seminars

The Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences 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 SWES 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 SWES students, faculty, and the general public, are encouraged to attend these presentations. See archived recordings.

Student Seminars

Student Seminars are open to the public. All SWES 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 2024 Exams: