Participating Faculty

2019 Cohort

Research

Dr. Jonathan Martin

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Email: jbmartin@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-6219

Expertise: Dr. Martin studies water chemistry in a variety of natural settings and uses those water compositions to evaluate the processes that control them. Among settings where he works includes the glacial foreland of Greenland to evaluate how ice sheet retreat has modified fluxes of nutrients and isotopes to the ocean and greenhouse gas exchange with the landscape. He is professor of Geological Sciences and teaches courses in mineralogy, surface water and groundwater interactions, and hydrogeochemistry.
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Dr. Brent Christner

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science
Email: xner@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-11779

Expertise: Dr. Christner and his research group are interested in the physiology, ecology, biogeochemistry, and molecular adaptations of microorganisms inhabiting environments of the cryosphere and atmosphere. Using a combination of laboratory and field-based research, we seek to elucidate the novel properties of microorganisms that survive under low extremes of temperature and water/energy availability.
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Dr. Matthew Cohen

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation.
Email: mjc@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-846-6490

Expertise: Dr. Cohen is Professor of Forest Water Resources and Watershed Systems. His primary area of research is watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry, with an emphasis on wetland processes. He holds affiliate faculty status in the IFAS Soil and Water Science Department, School of Natural Resources and Environment, and Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Florida.
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Dr. John Jaeger

Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Email: jmjaeger@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-846-1381

Expertise: Dr. Jaeger’s research is in the field of sedimentary geology with specific interests in continental margin and marine clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy. His research attempts to understand how changes in Earth’s surface processes, oceans, and tectonics are represented in the formation of clastic strata from coastal and estuarine systems to the deep sea. He focuses on deciphering how the cryosphere (ice sheets, streams, and glaciers) creates sediment and the fidelity of strata to record these processes.
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Dr. Jim Jawitz

Professor, Soil and Water Sciences Department
Email: jawitz@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-294-3141

Expertise: Dr. Jawitz’s research emphasizes on minimizing human impacts on natural hydrologic ecosystems, including watersheds, wetlands, and aquifers. He develops and applies hydro-ecological models to natural and constructed wetlands and also develops techniques for characterization and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.
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Dr. Ellen Martin

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Email: eemartin@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-2141

Expertise: Ellen Martin is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida and the Co-Director of the Florida Climate Institute. Her research on paleoceanography and paleoclimatology uses the geochemistry of deep sea sediment to reconstruct past climate conditions and understand climate sensitivity. Her work in Greenland focuses on studying the chemistry of glacial and nonglacial waters to understand how fluxes from glacial and nonglacial landscapes are transported to the ocean, how these fluxes may vary as the ice sheet retreats, how these variations may impact future climate, and how resulting marine sedimentary records can be used to interpret past ice sheet dynamics. Learn more

Dr. Stuart McDaniel

Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Email: stuartmcdaniel@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-273-0123

Expertise: Dr. McDaniel’s research aims to understand what forces maintain variation within populations and if similar forces promote divergence among populations. He uses classical genetic and genomic analyses of the moss model system Ceratodon purpureus. Currently his research focuses on two projects: 1 – the evolutionary causes and consequences of dioecy (ie, having separate males and females); and 2 – the community genomics of moss-associated nitrogen fixation in a changing Arctic. He also maintains an interest in using Physcomitrella patens as a model for gene function analysis.
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Dr. Elizabeth Screaton

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Email: screaton@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-273-0123

Expertise: Dr. Screaton’s research uses numerical modeling, field work, and laboratory work to examine the role of groundwater flow in geologic processes, interactions between water flow and deformation, and the exchange of surface and groundwater in aquifers.
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Dr. Arnoldo Valle-Levinson

Professor, Civil and Coastal Engineering, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment
Email: arnoldo@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-9537×1479

Expertise: Dr. Valle-Levinson is interested in studying the effects of bathymetry on volume exchange at the mouth of semienclosed basins, with emphasis on estuaries, fjords, coastal lagoons and bays. He studies bathymetric effects on wind-induced, density-induced and tidally induced exchange processes between semi-enclosed basins and the adjacent coastal ocean.
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Dr. Frank Waddell

Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism
Email: frank.waddell@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-294-1627
Expertise: Dr. Waddell research has been published in a variety of journals including first author articles at Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, New Media & Society, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communication Monographs, Digital Journalism, Journalism Studies, Electronic News, Journal of Media Psychology, International Journal of Communication, Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, and ACM CHI, among other outlets. His work has also earned top paper honors at divisions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
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Environmental Civics

Cynthia Barnett

Environmental Fellow in Residence,The Bob Graham Center for Public Service and College of Journalism and Communications
Email: clbarnett@jou.ufl.edu
Phone: 352-376-4440

Expertise: Cynthia Barnett is an environmental journalist who has covered water and climate stories worldwide, from the decline in Florida’s signature springs, to epic drought in California and Australia, to the rainiest place on Earth in Cherrapunji, India. She is the author of three books on water, including her latest Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, longlisted for the National Book Award, a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing, and named among the best nonfiction books of 2015 by NPR’s Science Friday, the Boston Globe, the Tampa Bay Times, the Miami Herald and others.
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Dr. Thomas Frazer

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Director, School of Natural Resources and Environment
Email: frazer@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-392-9230

Expertise: Dr. Frazer’s research aims to develop and transfer into management a mechanistic understanding of the effects of nutrient enrichment in aquatic systems, with a major focus on spring-fed rivers and associated estuaries along Florida’s central Gulf coast. Achieving these goals involves attaining several inter-related objectives that stem from long-term, large-scale sampling programs implemented by his colleagues and him a decade ago. The patterns documented by these regional programs that regularly sample over 100 stations spanning more than 100 kilometers of coastline provide a spatial and temporal context for designing, implementing and interpreting interdisciplinary experiments that elucidate ecological processes shaping the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems.
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