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Florida Water & Climate Alliance Workshop scheduled for December 20th in Orlando, FL ,

The Florida Water and Climate Alliance (FloridaWCA), a longstanding stakeholder-scientist network coordinated by the UF Water Institute, will hold its next workshop on December 20th at Orlando Utilities Commission, including topics of sea level rise, red tide, land use, as well as social impacts and adaptations. Please contact lstaal@ufl.edu if you are interested in participating or would like additional information.

FloridaWCA grew out of Florida’s public water supply Utilities’ interest in using location-specific climate information to reduce risk and increase resilience in their operations. Established in 2010, FloridaWCA, provides a venue for shared science, interactive dialogue, and collaborative learning between Florida water management practitioners, hydrologic scientists, climate scientists, and science communications experts. Collaborators include six major public water supply utilities, three water management districts in Florida, local government representatives and several academic organizations.

Florida WCA workshops and collaborative efforts have helped shape the development and implementation of science-based climate information for operational and longer-term water resource planning and management decisions Florida. Its members hope to expand the network’s shared learning, access to resources, and potential for defining further research of specific interest to the stakeholders throughout the Southeast USA. Currently, FloridaWCA is challenging itself to explore the broader social, policy, and communication issues involved with planning and ultimate implementation of climate adaptation approaches, methods and tools. This includes branching into ecology and interfacing with ecosystem managers (US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) to explore shared concerns to resource managers, potential science-based management actions, and land use change adaptation decisions.

Visit the FloridaWCA website for information on activities and resources. For additional information on the FloridaWCA or to register to attend the December 20th workshop, contact Lisette Staal (lstaal@ufl.edu).

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Dr. Tara Wade Joins the Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee 

The UF Water Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Tara Wade as a new member of the Faculty Advisory Committee. Dr. Wade is an agricultural resource economist in the Food and Resource Economics Department and the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. She specializes in determining the economic factors that affect choices to adopt environmentally benign agricultural practices. Dr. Wade’s integrated extension and research program includes evaluating the costs of ecosystem services, conservation policy design, and assessing factors that affect farmers’ decisions to adopt agriculturally benign practices that often affect water quality.

“I believe that water connects all of us and we can begin to resolve water quality and quantity issues through interdisciplinary approaches. The Water Institute provides invaluable opportunities to collaborate with others and serving on the FAC allows me to play a small role in this process. As a junior faculty member I can also take advantage of opportunities to learn from various disciplines and network with faculty that would be difficult to meet otherwise.” -Dr. Tara Wade

For more information about the Faculty Advisory Committee and its current and past members, please click here. For more information on affiliate faculty, or if you would like to become an Affiliate Water Institute Faculty Member, please click here.

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Congratulations to the Water Institute faculty team, led by Dr. Jon Martin, who has been awarded the 2019 Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) Program! 

The WIGF program supports interdisciplinary teams of six doctoral student Fellows and their faculty advisors as they conduct research in an emerging area of water science. The 2019 WIGF cohort will focus on understanding impacts of ice retreat on high latitude hydrology, expanding the Water Institute’s portfolio of research topics and geographical focus areas into an important area of global concern.

The 2019 WIGF faculty team includes Jon Martin, John Jaeger, Ellen Martin, Elizabeth Screaton (Department of Geological Sciences), Brent Christner (Department of Microbiology and Cell Science), Matt Cohen (School of Forest Resources and Conservation), Jim Jawitz (Soil and Water Sciences Department), Stuart McDaniel (Department of Biology), Arnoldo Valle-Levinson (Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment), Cynthia Barnett (College of Journalism and Communications) and Thomas Frazer (School of Natural Resources and Environment). The cohort will integrate studies in the changing hydrology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, microbial ecology, botany, ecosystem ecology, and coastal hydrodynamics of glaciers, pro-glacial landscapes, and coastal systems in Greenland. The cohort will benefit from integrative activities to enhance interdisciplinary skills, a key component of which is developing expertise in environmental civics (i.e. leadership, public outreach, communications, and civic engagement).

The Water Institute looks forward collaborating with this team and contributing to the understanding of the Arctic's rapid biophysical changes and their consequences to the broader Earth socio-ecological system.

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Announcing the 2018 Photo Contest Winners 

Thank you for such wonderful participation in the UF Water Institute’s 2018 Photo Contest! We received 70 beautiful photos representing a wide variety of UF water-related research, education and outreach programs and had a very difficult time narrowing it down to five winners. All photo entries may be used on UF Water Institute’s websites, printed materials and social media accounts. A photo credit will be given whenever a photo is used for these purposes. The winners will each receive a $100 prize.

The UF Water Institute’s 2018 Photo Contest Winners are:

Trey Crouch
Environmental Engineering Sciences
“My research has focused on the effects of hydroelectric dams in the Madeira Basin on hydrology and sediment load, mostly looking at larger run-of-river dams. The green-colored reservoir in the photo was a reminder that smaller dams are also littered all over the Andes, and may play an important role in trapping sediment.”
Huyana Potosi, La Paz, Bolivia

Wendy Mussoline, Ph.D.
"Freeze protection on a blueberry farm."
Putnam County, Florida

David Kaplan, Ph.D.
Environmental Engineering Sciences
“Photo taken from the end of a transect where we are studying how freshwater flows and extreme events affect saltwater intrusion in a coastal bald cypress floodplain.”
The Suwannee River, Florida

Carlos Quintero
Soil and Water Sciences
“During the rainy season water levels rise and inundate parts of the landscape that were bone dry just a few months ago, connecting the wetlands of the preserve and allowing aquatic life to thrive.”
Big Cypress National Preserve, South Florida

Corene Matyas, Ph.D.
“I took this photo while collecting weather observations at sunrise. Cool air and the warm waters of Lake Alice combined to produce fog and the view is looking east over the UF campus.”
Lake Alice, Gainesville, Florida

Florida Water & Climate Alliance Workshop scheduled for December 20th in Orlando, FL 
Posted: 12/3/2018

Dr. Tara Wade Joins the Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee 
Posted: 11/26/2018

Congratulations to the Water Institute faculty team, led by Dr. Jon Martin, who has been awarded the 2019 Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) Program! 
Posted: 11/13/2018

Announcing the 2018 Photo Contest Winners 
Posted: 10/31/2018

Dr. Paloma Carton de Grammont joins the Water Institute as a Research Coordinator 
Posted: 10/18/2018

2018 Faculty Fellow Awards Celebration 
Posted: 10/9/2018

Julie Brandenburg joins the Water Institute team 
Posted: 9/24/2018

Dr. Kati Migliaccio, Chair of the Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee, has been named the new Chair of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at UF/IFAS 
Posted: 7/31/2018

2019 WIGF Request for Proposals 
Posted: 7/24/2018

2017 Tempisque WIGF Costa Rica Trip 
Posted: 7/13/2018

Universities Council on Water Resources Scholarship 
Posted: 6/25/2018

Carol Lippincott’s Retirement 
Posted: 6/11/2018

Dr. Muneepeerakul Receives $5 Million Department of Defense Grant 
Posted: 5/29/2018

UF Water Institute NRLI Assistance 
Posted: 5/11/2018

UF Water Institute Affiliate Faculty Member Wins Pulitzer Prize 
Posted: 5/2/2018

Six Water Institute Affiliate Faculty Members Awarded 2018-2021 UF Research Foundation Professorships 
Posted: 4/23/2018

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

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

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