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UF Water Institute Welcomes New Affiliate Faculty Members ,

The University of Florida Water Institute welcomes its two newest affiliate faculty members Dr. David Chagaris of UF’s Nature Coast Biological Station and Dr. Tara Wade of UF’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee.

Dr. Chagaris joined UF’s Nature Coast Biological Station in 2015 from the Florida FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. His research involves developing population dynamic and ecosystem models that include environmental drivers, trophic dynamics and habitat interactions. His current projects include evaluating the impacts of invasive lionfish in the northern Gulf of Mexico using food web models, ecosystem modeling to inform fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico, evaluation of alternative management strategies for Gulf of Mexico recreational fisheries, and spawning-habitat and early life linkages to fisheries.

“My research is highly multidisciplinary, and I hope my affiliation with the Water Institute will facilitate collaboration with faculty in other departments to understand how management of water resources impacts estuarine and coastal ecosystems,” said Chagaris.

Dr. Wade joined UF in April 2017. She specializes in determining the economic factors that affect farmers’ choices to adopt conservation practices. Her research currently focuses on the economic factors affecting sustained no-till use and policy design that may encourage sustained no-till use.

She hopes her affiliation with the UF Water Institute will facilitate connections with faculty in departments ranging from economics to agricultural engineering and deepen her understanding of Florida.

“I’m new to Florida so I hope the Water Institute provides an education of Florida’s ongoing water conservation issues and provides a means to network and collaborate with others in the profession,” said Wade.

On behalf of the UF Water Institute, welcome to Dr. Chagaris and Dr. Wade to our robust network of affiliate faculty!

Do you know someone at UF who would make a good addition to the UF Water Institute’s Affiliate Faculty? If so, encourage them to join by clicking on the Register link in the Faculty Expertise box on the right-hand side of the page at http://waterinstitute.ufl.edu/.

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UF Faculty Engage in the Water and Livelihoods Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa 

Dr. Sandra Russo, UF Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee member, and Dr. Greg Kiker, UF Water Affiliate Faculty member, recently returned from a workshop in Jordan with the Middle East and North Africa Water and Livelihoods Initiative.

Managed by the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) strives to improve livelihoods through sustainable water and land management.

"We take research other organizations are doing and link it with biophysical and social science research to improve livelihoods in the region," said Russo.

Recently, enough information was gathered for Kiker to introduce the region to various kinds of models and how biophysical data and social data work together to show projections. Cost-benefit analysis has also been created to show the impacts of various water technologies that have been developed.

"We want to get the data, projection and modeling to policy makers to show them the impact they could have," said Russo.

Russo has been a part of this project for nine years and now serves on the executive board of the project as the representative of the American universities.

Her experience with WLI has allowed her to involve various other UF faculty members including Cathy Culverson, UF/IFAS Global, Kirby Barrick, Agricultural Education and Communication, Adegbola Adesogan, Animal Science, Samira Daroub, Soil and Water Sciences, Greg Kiker, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and various students.

However, for various reasons interest from UF faculty over the years has fluctuated.

"It is hard for people to see the connection between the Middle East and Florida; but, one of their main areas of production is irrigated agriculture, and we certainly do a lot of irrigated agriculture here," said Russo. "Our technologies are severely needed in this area."

If you would like to learn how you can get involved with the WLI or learn more about the project, please visit: http://wli.icarda.org/.

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UF Student and Faculty Research the Evolution of Water Resource Science 

Katie McCurley, UF PhD student, and Dr. Jim Jawitz, UF Water Institute Faculty Fellow, studied the evolution of water resource science through analyzing the titles of 16,591 papers from the past 50 years.

While the topic of hydrology is relatively established with its inception in the mid-20th century, it continues to develop and revolutionize.

"The main motivation was to get quantitative data to support what the hydrology community has been speculating with qualitative, narrative descriptions of hydrology and the future of hydrology," said Jawitz.

While there is a change in focus for water science, there has not been an abandonment of old subjects, rather an increase in breadth and complexity.

Through title analysis, they determined that subdisciplines including socio-hydrology, hydro-climatology, hydro-meteorology, and catchment-hydrology have gained significant momentum. However, hydro-geology and contaminant-hydrology experienced an increased followed by a significant decrease.

"Water issues are complex" said McCurley. "They are cross-disciplinary by nature. Gathering different perspectives helps better address water resource related questions."

McCurley and Jawitz hope that their research can be used to predict trends in hydrology, as well as other fields.

"The methods we used could be applied to any discipline where there are publications," said McCurley. "This process can be used to investigate the evolution of essentially any field."

To read the full article in the Water Resource Research Journal visit, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016WR019835/full. To learn more about the Landscape Hydrology Lab at UF visit, http://www.landscapehydrology.org/.

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UF Student featured by National Geographic for Captivating 360° Virtual Tour of Floridan Aquifer 

Jennifer Adler, UF PhD student who previously worked as a UF Water Institute Communications Intern, had her work featured in the April issue of National Geographic Magazine for shooting the first 360° virtual tour of the Floridan Aquifer. Adler is the recipient of a National Geographic Young Explorer grant.

The aquifer virtual tour was created to help the public foster a better understanding of where their drinking water comes from and as part of Adler’s environmental education program Walking on Water. While a small portion of the population will see the aquifer first-hand, the virtual tour will allow anyone with internet access to feel immersed in the underwater caves.

"The concept of an aquifer tends to be abstract and confusing to many people," said Adler. "This is a problem in a place like Florida where we literally live our lives walking on top of our drinking water and consequently, our actions at the surface affect the water beneath our feet."

Her project Walking on Water involves educating fifth grade students about freshwater resources in the state of Florida. This project is funded through a National Geographic Young Explorer Grant and is part of her dissertation.

"There’s something empowering about working with kids, something that fills you with hope and positive energy," said Adler. "Their curiosity and enthusiasm gives me hope that the next generation will do amazing things for our water."

Adler would like to thank Cynthia Barnett of the UF School of Journalism and Communications and Dr. Tom Frazer, her PhD advisor and UF Water Institute Faculty Advisory committee member, for their help and support throughout this process.

To read the National Geographic article, visit http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/dye-photos-floridian-aquifer-underwater-caves-water/ and to link directly to the 360° virtual tour of the aquifer, visit https://walkingonwaterfl.org/virtual-tour/.


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