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Dr. Larry Hipps: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar ,

The UF Water Institute is hosting Dr. Larry Hipps as the April Distinguished Scholar Seminar speaker. Dr. Hipps is a professor in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate at Utah State University. He is a biometeorologist, and his research group conducts research on meteorology and land-atmosphere exchange.

Please join us as Dr. Hipps presents Evapotranspiration: Measurements, Models and Connections to Climate. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 18, from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Chamber.

If you are unable to attend, a video of the presentation will be uploaded to our website shortly after the seminar. For additional details, please contact UF Water Institute’s Carol Lippincott at calippincott@ufl.edu.

More information on the presentation can be found below.

Evapotranspiration: Measurements, Models and Connections to Climate

Evapotranspiration (ET) has very significant connections to water resources, hydrology, agriculture, ecology, and climate over many scales. Yet because of the complex biophysical nature of evapotranspiration, it remains a difficult process to measure, and especially to simulate or predict. State-of-the-art measurements and recent models of ET are presented. The limitations of more dated and empirical approaches will be noted. Recent advances in remote sensing-based models for spatial distribution of ET will be explored, including their strengths and limitations. Finally, an approach is proposed to simulate ET responses to temporal changes in climatic conditions.



News In the Spotlight



UF Water Institute Facilitates First Collaborative Workshop 


On March 22, the UF Water Institute hosted a Collaborative Workshop for 22 Water Institute Affiliate Faculty. The purpose of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for faculty from various disciplines to quickly meet each other, reveal shared research interests, and ultimately to facilitate formation of interdisciplinary faculty teams to prepare research proposals for the 2019 Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) program.

Participating Affiliate Faculty benefitted from the opportunity to quickly meet and network with faculty outside of their discipline. The first activity in the workshop consisted of about an hour of back-to-back, three-minute speed meetings, during which participants discussed each other’s research interests and specialties. Following lunch, faculty rotated through three 20-minute Idea Tables to discuss in more detail shared areas of research interest.


Once the group’s areas of shared research interest were revealed and discussed, the workshop’s facilitator, Dr. Carol Lippincott, led a group discussion to focus shared interests into potential research proposal themes. Participants then assigned themselves to research themes of interest, and the Water Institute is initiating meetings of those potential proposal teams.


This was the first time the UF Water Institute facilitated such a workshop, which focused exclusively on collaboration and provided an opportunity for its Affiliate Faculty to quickly meet many faculty from other disciplines and explore shared interests. Due to interest expressed by participants, the Water Institute plans to other Collaborative Workshops in the future.

If you are interested in participating in a future Collaborative Workshop, please contact Carol Lippincott, Research Coordinator III with the UF Water Institute.

Faculty In the Spotlight




Roger Kjelgren Selected as Leshner Fellow 

UF Water Institute Affiliate Faculty member Roger Kjelgren has been selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a Leshner Fellow. He is one of 15 Fellows selected for the 2018-2019 cohort focusing on Food & Water Security.

As part of the prestigious program, the experts selected for the Leshner Fellowship attend a week-long intensive training session, focusing on public engagement and science communication. They also create a public engagement plan to enact once they return from the meeting, focusing on connecting the public with their research and enacting institutional change to support public engagement in science.

“I’m passionate about communicating science to the public at all levels, so the Leshner Fellowship is an opportunity to leverage that passion with my expertise, water and plant production,” Kjelgren says. He is excited to receive this award and to bring everything he learns from his cohort’s training and collaboration back to his work at UF.

As director of the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Kjelgren’s research focuses on water conservation in urban landscapes and irrigation, specifically on water use behaviors of plants. He hopes to use this as a way to leverage his water use and conservation research in order to serve the public, particularly those who are living in urban food deserts.

The 2018-2019 Leshner Fellow cohort will convene for their training and collaboration meeting in June of this year.

For more information on the Leshner Fellowship and other programs run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, please visit their website.

Faculty In the Spotlight




Dr. David Kaplan: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 

The UF Water Institute is hosting Dr. David Kaplan, UF Water Institute 2017 Faculty Fellow, as the Distinguished Scholar Seminar speaker this month. Dr. Kaplan’s research focuses on linkages among the hydrological cycle, ecosystem processes, and human activities, with the goal of advancing natural resource conservation and management. He has worked extensively with water and environmental management agencies to tie hydrological modeling to ecological outcomes, predict restoration effects, and guide water management decision-making. Dr. Kaplan also the leads the Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) cohort focused on Hydrologic transformation in the Amazon basin.

Please join us as Dr. Kaplan presents Socio-Ecohydrology of a Dammed Amazon. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, March 21, from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Room 3320.

For additional details, please contact UF Water Institute’s Carol Lippincott at calippincott@ufl.edu.

More information on the presentation can be found below.

Socio-Ecohydrology of a Dammed Amazon

The Amazon River basin is the world’s largest watershed and provides >US$30 billion/yr in critical ecosystem services to local populations, national societies and humanity at large. The Amazon is also a relatively untapped source of hydropower electricity for Latin America, with construction of >30 large hydroelectric dams and >170 small dams currently underway in support of increased energy security, economic growth, improved living standards, and industrialization. This rapid pace of planned development, coupled with the spatial scale of its impact and potential for detrimental loss of globally important ecosystem services, make this impending transformation unprecedented. This seminar will present a summary of collaborative interdisciplinary research to synthesize effects of dams on riverine hydrology, fisheries production, and social wellbeing in the Brazilian Amazon.




Dr. Larry Hipps: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 4/13/2018

UF Water Institute Facilitates First Collaborative Workshop 
Posted: 4/6/2018

Roger Kjelgren Selected as Leshner Fellow 
Posted: 3/30/2018

Dr. David Kaplan: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 3/13/2018

UF Water Institute Collaborative Workshop 
Posted: 3/7/2018

Welcome to the Newest Faculty Advisory Committee Chair Elect, Dr. Nancy Denslow 
Posted: 2/27/2018

Amazon Dams WIGF Cohort Completes Lecture Series at Oak Hammock 
Posted: 2/21/2018

Dr. Masaki Hayashi: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 2/14/2018

Welcome to the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 2/5/2018

2018 UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 1/30/2018

Cynthia Barnett Joins Bob Graham Center 
Posted: 1/23/2018

CRISPS Project News Release 
Posted: 1/16/2018

Dr. Sanjay Shukla Featured in Naples Daily News 
Posted: 1/9/2018

Hydrologic Sciences Academic Concentration 
Posted: 1/2/2018

Happy Holidays, from the UF Water Institute! 
Posted: 12/20/2017

Registration for the 2018 Symposium 
Posted: 12/12/2017

Dr. Kaplan’s Amazon Dams Article Published in Science Advances 
Posted: 12/5/2017

Dr. Edgardo Latrubesse: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 11/28/2017

Dr. Forrest “Ed” Harvey: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 11/21/2017

Florida Trend article featuring Dr. Arnoldo Valle-Levinson 
Posted: 11/14/2017

Dr. Thomas S. Bianchi: Soil and Water Sciences Distinguished Speaker Seminar 
Posted: 11/6/2017

Celebration of the 2017 UF Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 10/27/2017

The UF Water Institute joins the US Department of Interior Southeast Climate Science Center 
Posted: 10/16/2017

Deadline for Abstract Submission for the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 10/5/2017

Sandra Postel Confirmed as Plenary Speaker for 2018 UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 9/25/2017

The 2017 Water Institute Graduate Fellows have begun their program research 
Posted: 9/18/2017

New 2017 Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 9/13/2017

Megan Almaguer joins the Water Institute team 
Posted: 8/31/2017

Abstract submission is open for the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 8/24/2017

Dr. Wendy Graham appointed to Water Science and Technology Board 
Posted: 8/16/2017

Megan Stein Intern Report 
Posted: 7/13/2017

New Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee Members Begin Term 
Posted: 7/6/2017

UF Water Institute Begins Collaborative Project to Protect Floridan Aquifer 
Posted: 6/29/2017

UF Water Institute Welcomes New Affiliate Faculty Members 
Posted: 6/21/2017

UF Faculty Engage in the Water and Livelihoods Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa 
Posted: 5/4/2017

UF Student and Faculty Research the Evolution of Water Resource Science 
Posted: 4/20/2017

UF Student featured by National Geographic for Captivating 360° Virtual Tour of Floridan Aquifer 
Posted: 4/13/2017

Save the Date for the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 4/3/2017

A Day in the Life of a River 
Posted: 3/22/2017

UF Water Institute Director Back from National Science Foundation Appointment 
Posted: 3/3/2017

NSF Grant Allows for Further Collaboration in the Amazon 
Posted: 2/28/2017

SEC Academic Conference: The Future of Water 
Posted: 2/14/2017

2013 Water Institute Faculty Fellow Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena Completes Term 
Posted: 2/3/2017

2013 Water Institute Faculty Fellow, Dr. Matthew Cohen 
Posted: 1/25/2017

Peggy Carr works on Water 2070 project 
Posted: 12/15/2016

Dr. Peter Frederick secures funding for oyster restoration 
Posted: 12/7/2016

Faculty Team and Research Topic Selected for the 2017 Water Institute Graduate Fellows Program 
Posted: 11/30/2016

Water-Resource Regional Specialized Extension Agents Learn About Suwannee Water Issues 
Posted: 10/26/2016

Dr. Thomas Bianchi Publishes New Book 
Posted: 10/12/2016

New 2016 Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 8/29/2016

UF Water Institute Faculty Fellow Michael Dukes receives John Deer Gold Medal Award 
Posted: 6/24/2016

The 5th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 3/7/2016

2011 Cohort of UF Water Institute Graduate Fellows Research Sharing Seminars 
Posted: 1/6/2016

Celebration of 2015 UF Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 10/22/2015

2016 UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 10/6/2015

 NEW 2015 WATER INSTITUTE FACULTY FELLOWS
Posted: 8/24/2015

 Dr. Wendy Graham, Director of the UF Water Institute, is off to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a year!
Posted: 8/3/2015

 Dr. Carol Lippincott joins Water Institute as a Research Coordinator
Posted: 6/23/2015

 MASTERING FLORIDA’S LIQUID LIGHT
Posted: 6/19/2015

 Water Institute affiliate faculty Dr. Whitney Sanford collaborates with State Parks on "Wish You Were Here" springs project
Posted: 4/16/2015

 Dr. Kelly Grogan leads UF/IFAS faculty research team on USDA NIFA grant
Posted: 4/9/2015

 Water Institute affiliate faculty Dr. Berg and Dr. Phillips lead PURC Water Utility Benchmarking workshop in Kosovo
Posted: 3/26/2015

UF Water Institute project featured in NOAA's U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit 
Posted: 3/13/2015

Technical review of options to move water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades 
Posted: 3/5/2015

Sea Levels During the Last Interglacial Period: What can they tell us about the future? 
Posted: 1/28/2015

2014 Distinguished Scholars Seminar 
Posted: 1/20/2015

WIGF Research Gathering 
Posted: 1/20/2015

Dr. Wendy Graham invited to speak on water panel at the second annual Sayfie Review: Florida Leaders Summit (December 4-5, 2014) 
Posted: 12/16/2014

Dr. Michael Dukes , Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 11/20/2014

UF wins First Prize: EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge 
Posted: 11/20/2014

Congratulations to Dr. David Kaplan and the 2015 WIGF Faculty Team! 
Posted: 11/20/2014

James Jawitz and Jonathan Martin named 2014 Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 9/26/2014

Matt Cohen and Rafa Muñoz-Carpena named Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 8/15/2013

Brazil Dams Working Group Awarded UF Internal Seed Funding 
Posted: 8/15/2013

UF wins First Prize: EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge 
Posted: 8/15/2013

Dr. Jim Heaney , Professor, Environmental Engineering Sciences
Posted: 8/15/2013

Water Institute helps Advance UF/IFAS Extension Water Initiatives 
Posted: 3/15/2013

Water Institute Graduate Fellows program 
Posted: 3/15/2013

Christopher Martinez , Assistant Professor , Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 3/15/2013

Recent awards for affiliate faculty 
Posted: 10/1/2012

UF Smithsonian exhibition at Folklife Festival, Washington, D.C. 
Posted: 10/1/2012

Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) go abroad to Costa Rica's Tempisque Basin (WIGF) go abroad to Costa Rica's Tempisque Basin (WIGF) go abroad to Costa Rica's Tempisque Basin 
Posted: 10/1/2012

Water Utilities and Climate Working Group gains momentum 
Posted: 10/1/2012

Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Quality Data Review and Information-Sharing Program 
Posted: 4/5/2012

Student Poster Winners 
Posted: 4/5/2012

Treavor Boyer , Assistant Professor , Environmental Engineering Sciences
Posted: 4/5/2012

Bin Gao , Assistant Professor , Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 4/5/2012

Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster 
Posted: 12/7/2011

Center of Excellence in Watershed Management 
Posted: 12/7/2011

Tempisque Basin, Costa Rica 
Posted: 12/7/2011

Rafael Muñoz-Carpena , Professor , Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 12/7/2011

Christine Overdevest , Assistant Professor , Sociology and Criminology & Law
Posted: 9/20/2011

Marie Kurz , PhD Student , Geology
Posted: 9/20/2011

Water Institute Director appointed to National Academy Numeric Nutrient Criteria Panel 
Posted: 9/20/2011

Water Institute Graduate Fellows program 
Posted: 9/20/2011

Public Water Supply Utilities Climate Impacts Working Group 
Posted: 9/20/2011

Kathleen McKee , Research Coordinator , Water Institute
Posted: 9/20/2011