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Wendy D. Graham, Director

Carl S. Swisher Chair in Water Resources
Phone: (352) 294-7741
wgraham@ufl.edu
http://www.abe.ufl.edu/graham

Wendy D. Graham is the Carl S. Swisher Eminent Scholar in Water Resources and Director of the University of Florida Water Institute. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering. Her PhD is in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She conducts research in the areas of coupled hydrologic-water quality-ecosystem modeling; water resources evaluation and remediation; evaluation of impacts of agricultural production on surface and groundwater quality; and development of hydrologic indicators of ecosystem status. As Director she is responsible for establishing, conducting and evaluating research, education and outreach programs conducted under the auspices of the University of Florida Water Institute.


Rob de Rooij, Research Assistant Scientist
Phone: (352) 294-7745
r.derooij@ufl.edu

Rob earned his Doctor of Science degree at the Centre of Hydrogeology, University of Neuchatel (Switzerland) in 2007. His research activities were developing a finite element code for coupled, variably saturated flows, solving problems related to non-linearity, numerical instability and flow coupling, validation and verification.

His research at the Water Institute includes the development of a particle-tracking scheme tailored for coupled surface-subsurface flows as well as a finite difference scheme for coupling conduit flow, subsurface matrix flow and surface flow in karst systems. The objective of these schemes is to gain further insights into complex natural flow systems.

At this moment his research is focused on developing and testing methods to generate random 2-D and 3-D conduit networks for incorporation into watershed scale flow and transport models, and develop and test coupled discrete-continuum flow and transport models for the Silver Springs basin in Florida.


Carol Lippincott, Research Coordinator III
Phone: (352) 294-7744
calippincott@ufl.edu

Carol joined the Water Institute in 2015, bringing over 20 years of experience in management and restoration of natural systems in Florida, with a focus on water resources and multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Carol earned her Doctorate from University of Florida in the Ecology program, Master of Science from Texas A&M University, and Bachelor of Science from University of Florida. She is certified as a Professional Facilitator by the International Association of Facilitators.

As a Research Coordinator, Carol combines her skills as an environmental scientist, program and project manager, and facilitator in working with Water Institute Affiliate Faculty teams and others to identify and develop promising opportunities for interdisciplinary water-related research and education programs.

Lisette M. Staal, Research Coordinator III
Phone: (352) 294-7742
lstaal@ufl.edu

Lisette earned a Master’s degree in Geography from Ohio University (1984) and Undergraduate degrees in both Education and Geography at the University of Maryland, College Park (1978).

Before joining the UF Water Institute in April, 2007, she worked for over 20 years in international development with a focus on participatory development, farming systems, gender analysis and community issues and spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa.

Lisette now combines her expertise in adult education, facilitation, and applied social sciences to enhance program development, interdisciplinary research and education initiatives, and collaborative learning processes in UF Water Institute projects and initiatives.


Mary Garvin, Administrative Specialist II
Phone: (352) 294-7747
megarvin@ufl.edu

Mary has worked at UF for over 15 years, joining the Water Institute in August, 2007. She acts as office manager and office accountant as well as website/database developer.