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Faculty in the Spotlight


A Day in the Life of a River ,

Dr. Matthew Cohen, Chair of the Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee, was recently awarded a grant to dive into the complexities of how rivers work. The research project titled, "A Day in the Life of a River: Metabolism and Nutrient Cycling across the River Continuum" is utilizing the River Continuum Concept as the conceptual model to test how rivers change from headwaters to the sea.

This project will include a variety of longitudinal surveys of water chemistry that is made possible through the usage of sensors. This method of testing the changes in water has the potential to change the way people think about rivers and how river behavior is measured.

"Usually what we do is measure a point, we watch the water flow by and we keep measuring," said Dr. Cohen. “What we will be doing is basically is flowing with a parcel of water and watching as it changes. It’s a new way of measuring that phenomenon.”

The grant began in August 2016 with a majority of the research being conducted this summer. The two rivers the project is focused on are the Suwannee and Upper Colorado rivers.

Aside from the research team comprised of researchers from the University of Florida and University of Colorado-Boulder, a filmmaker will be joining them on their trips down the rivers.

"We hope the film captures the poetry of how water changes as it flows through a river," said Dr. Cohen. "I hope it will motivate us as citizens to protect and enjoy these systems."

Faculty In the Spotlight



UF Water Institute Director Back from National Science Foundation Appointment 

The University of Florida Water Institute is glad to welcome back its Director, Dr. Wendy Graham, after her 18-month appointment with the National Science Foundation. Graham served as a Program Officer in the Hydrologic Sciences Program and on the committee that launched the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) research initiative.

The highlight of her experience of her time with NSF was the chance to broaden her scientific perspectives and her professional networks.

"The best part of the appointment was getting to read so many fantastic proposals with new, cutting-edge ideas from all over the country, and the networking aspects of talking to people who submit and review proposals," said Graham.

She plans on sharing what she has learned from her time with NSF to help faculty from the Water Institute and UF write better proposals and build better scientific networks.

"My appreciation for the number of excellent scientific teams out there has increased," said Graham. "We need to continue to focus on strategic partnering with researchers across the country to write compelling proposals on cutting-edge science to compete in the national arena."

Graham enjoyed her time in Washington D.C. and supports other faculty pursuing similar opportunities.

“It was a great experience, and I would really encourage other faculty members to pursue a similar program officer experience,” said Graham. “It is professionally beneficial for you individually and provides an important service to the research community.”

Continuing her work as the Director of the Water Institute, Graham looks forward to forming and coordinating faculty teams to address food, energy and water issues.

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NSF Grant Allows for Further Collaboration in the Amazon 

How will governmental plans of constructing hundreds of dams across the Amazon River and its tributaries affect rivers, forests and social systems in the long-term? It’s a question only collaborative research will answer. The National Science Foundation awarded a grant to a multi-disciplinary and international team of UF Water Institute affiliate faculty members active in the Amazon Dams Network / Rede Barragens Amazônicas (ADN/RBA) including: Dr. Bette Loiselle, PI; Dr. Stephanie Bohlman, Co-PI; Dr. Simone Athayde, Co-PI. Additional leaders at UF include Dr. David Kaplan (ESSIE/Water Institute), Dr. Jynessa Dutka-Gianelli (SFRC) and Dr. Denis Valle (SFRC). The initiative has also strong leadership and participation by Brazilian universities across the Amazon, through Dr. Carolina Doria (Federal University of Rondônia/UNIR) and Dr. Elineide Marques (Federal University of Tocantins – UFT).

The ADN, which in the US is hosted by Tropical Conservation and Development and the Center for Latin American Studies at UF, was initiated in 2012 as an interdisciplinary effort to provide an integrated understanding of the intersections between energy production, environmental conservation and human well-being in the Amazonian region.

Geographically, this initiative is initially focused in the Tocantins, Madeira and Xingu River watersheds in the Amazon and the Colorado River watershed in the US. Four research themes have been developed including: governance and social actors; watershed hydrology and geomorphology; fish and fisheries; and land-use/land-cover change.

"One of the philosophies that is important with inter- and trans-disciplinary research is that all sources of knowledge are valued and respected," said Dr. Simone (Athayde). "We look at all disciplines as important to understand this multi-faceted problem with global relevance and implications."

The UF Water Institute and ADN have strong links including the 2015 Water Institute Graduate Fellows cohort focused on investigating the complex and interconnected set of impacts brought about by the construction and operation of these hydroelectric dams.

"In many ways, we envision the Research Coordination Network as a larger-scale version of the WIGF program," said Dr. David Kaplan, UF Water Institute Affiliate Faculty member. "Both efforts support co-production of knowledge on the social-ecological effects of hydroelectric dams across the Amazon." More information: www.amazondamsnetwork.org

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SEC Academic Conference: The Future of Water 

Mississippi State University is set to host the first SEC on-campus academic conference in March. The conference is titled, “The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds” and will be held March 27-28, 2017.

Topics to be discussed at the conference include regional policy, shared coastlines, regional climate and climate change, shared watersheds and aquifers and more. The UF Water Institute’s staff member Carol Lippincott served on the advisory committee of the conference.

Keynote speakers included in the agenda are John M. Barry, author of “Rising Tide;” Dr. Jary Famiglietti, University of California – Irvine and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology; and Dennis Dimick, National Geographic.

Breakout sessions feature faculty from all fourteen universities in the SEC. The University of Florida Water Institute will be represented by four of its affiliate faculty members as panelists including Christine Klein, Rafael Muñoz-Carpena, Eban Bean, and Kathryn Frank.

Early bird registration rates end February 15th. For more information visit: http://www.secconference.msstate.edu/.


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