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The Soil and Water Sciences Department will hold a weekly seminar series for the Fall of 2020. 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 2020 Seminars

Time and Location: 3 pm on given date, now done remotely.

Friday, September 4 - Dr. Christopher Dutton, UF Biology (Invited Speaker Seminar)
Animal Inputs Drive Shifts in Biogeochemical Processes and Microbial Communities

Wednesday, September 16 - Dr. Davie Kadyampakeni (Water Institute Faculty Fellow Seminar)
Enhancing Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency on Citrus Production Landscapes in Florida

Friday, September 18 - TBA

Friday, September 25 - Dr. Chris Wilson, UF Agronomy (UF Invited Speaker Seminar)
Do Higher-Quality Plant Tissue Inputs Promote Organic Matter Accumulation More Efficiently Than Lower-Quality Inputs? Insights from A Dual-Isotope Pulse-Chase Experiment in Subtropical Pasture

Friday, October 2 - TBA

Friday, October 16 - Katsutoshi Mizuta (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Sensitivity Assessment for Efficiencies of Soil and Ecological Functions Using Data Envelopment Analysis

Friday, October 23 - Perseveranca Mungofa (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar)
Application of Machine Learning Vision for Diagnosis of Plant Disorders and Prediction of Soil Physical and Chemical Properties

Friday, October 30 - Kalindhi Larios (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
A Model-Data Integration Framework to Inform Nutrient Management in Treatment Wetlands

Friday, November 6 - Zijing Liao (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar - Zoom from Gulf Coast REC)
Phosphorus Cycling and Mobilization to Stormwater in Two Contrasting Urban Landscapes

Friday, November 13 - Dipti Rai (Ph.D. Dissertation Research Seminar)
Soil microbial responses to prescribed burning in native rangelands of Florida

Wednesday, November 18 - Rachelle Berger (M.S. Thesis Research Seminar – Zoom from Everglades REC)
Soil Microbial Community Composition and Nutrient Availability Following Flooded Rice Production in South Florida

Wednesday, November 18 - 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, November 20 - Conor MacDonnell (PhD Dissertation Research Seminar)
Subtropical Seagrass Restoration: Evaluating Effects of Chemical and Structural Approaches on Growth and Biogeochemistry

Friday, November 27 - No Seminar - Thanksgiving

Wednesday, December 2 - Victor Guerra (PhD Dissertation Research Seminar)
Soil Microbial and Ecophysiological Aspects of Rhizoma Peanut Inclusion in Bahiagrass Pastures

Friday, December 4 - R. Kay Wilcox (PhD Dissertation Research Seminar)
Meta-Soil Model 

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 2020 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 2020 Exams:

Kay Wilcox; Ph.D. Dissertation Defense; Thursday, November 5th; 11:00 am - 2:00 pm