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Name: Her, Young Gu
Title: Assistant Professor
Organization: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Education: Ph.D., Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2011
Office Address: Topical Research and Education Center,18905 SW 280TH ST HOMESTEAD FL 330313314
Email: yher@ufl.edu
Telephone: 786-217-9288

Dr. Young Gu Her is a hydrologist and agricultural engineer working as an assistant professor at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, FL. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Civil Engineering at Seoul National University. In 2011, he graduated from Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. degree in Biological Systems Engineering. His Ph.D. study has concentrated on the development of a new grid-based two-dimensional hydrological model capable of explicitly describing watershed process dynamics. Recent research includes (1) evaluating the effectiveness of conservation practices, such as no-till, filter strip, crop rotation, cover crop, and fertilizer management practices, in reducing sediment and nutrient loadings, (2) developing a model to simulate low impact development practices including a green roof, rain garden, cistern, and porous pavement, (3) developing computational techniques for improved efficiency of hydrologic simulation, and (4) assessing climate change impacts on hydrological processes and water resources. He also has been involved in simulating the flood discharge and volume of stormwater for detention basin design and monitoring the hydrological processes of agricultural watersheds, including streamflow, groundwater, and water quality parameters. His current research is focusing on developing a simulation tool capable of providing a holistic view of climate change and sea level rise impacts on South Florida’s agriculture and water resources. His long-term research interests lie in enhancing our ability to manage agricultural crop production and natural resources in sustainable ways by (1) developing unified fine-resolution large-scale (U.F.L.) simulation tools that facilitate integrated hydrological modeling and spatially consistent decision making and (2) creating new scientific knowledge that helps us better understand hydrological processes under projected changes in climate and sea level.

Keywords: hydrological modeling; watershed management; climate variability; best management practices; low impact development; sea level rise; uncertainty analysis; metaheuristic optimization; conservation practice; parallel computing

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