2024 Water Institute Symposium Career Panel

The “Navigating Waters: A Career Panel for Graduates in Water Science” event held at Cypress & Grove in Gainesville, Florida, on February 19, 2024, provided a unique opportunity for 20 travel award recipients attending the Symposium with an additional 15 spaces open to other symposium attendees.

This event featured professionals from diverse backgrounds within the realm of water science. From academia to public service, conservation advocacy to engineering, the panelists collectively represented a spectrum of experiences and expertise.


  • Andrea Albertin – Water Resources Regional Specialized Agent | Northwest District, University of Florida/IFAS Extension
  • Tirusew Asefa – Planning and System Decision Support Manager | Courtesy Professor at University of South Florida
  • Kathleen Coates – Deputy Director, Division of Resource Management Northwest Florida Water Management District
  • Casey Fitzgerald – President, Gainesville Neighborhood Voices. President, Florida Springs Council Board of Directors – Reunite the Rivers Coalition, Florida Springs Institute and Three Rivers Trust
  • Stacie Greco – Water Conservation Coordinator at Alachua County Environmental Protection Department
  • Jeffrey King – Principal Engineer, ATM-Geosyntec
  • Gina Paduano Ralph – Chief, Science Integration Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
  • Vivek Sharma – Assistant Professor, Precision Water Management, Agricultural and Biological Engineering department, University of Florida


The event, moderated by UF Water Institute Ambassadors Gabrielle Quadrado and Paul Donsky, provided a platform for fruitful Q&A and networking opportunities.