Past Distinguished Scholar Seminars

The UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series invites high profile scholars to conduct a general Water Institute seminar at UF that will be of interest to a broad audience; meet with the Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee to discuss strategic planning and partnering opportunities; and meet with interested Water Institute faculty and graduate students to discuss specific research/education issues.

Past Seminars

DateSpeakerTitleOrganizationSeminar
2019/11/12

Dr. John Doherty

Distinguished LecturerGroundwater Foundation Darcy Distinguished Lecturer

Starting from the Problem and Working Backwards

2019/09/13

Dr. Daniella Rempe

Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences

Investigating the Hydrology and Biogeochemistry of Fractured Bedrock Underlying Forests

2019/05/02

Dr. Todd Osborne

Assistant ProfessorUF Whitney Lab - St. Augustine ,Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida

Anticipating the future of coastal biogeochemical processes: Insights from a climate change gradient on Florida’s east coast

2019/04/04

Dr. William Cooper

Professor EmeritusDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of California, Irvine

Current Understanding of Natural Organic Matter Photochemistry and Implications in Constructed Wetlands, Environmental Fate and Coastal Studies

2019/03/21

Dr. Emily Bernhardt

Jerry G. and Patricia Hubbard Professor of BiologyDepartment of Biology, Duke University

Do Rivers Have Rhythm? New insights into the metabolic regimes of flowing waters

2019/02/19

Dr. David Hyndman

Professor and ChairHydrogeology, Environmental Geophysics, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Michigan State University

Quantifying the effects of human activities on hydrology: From the High Plains of the US to the Brazilian Amazon

2018/12/04

Dr. Mark Brenner

ProfessorDepartment of Geological Sciences, University of Florida

The Past and Future of Florida Lakes

2018/11/27

Dr. Luc de Meester

ProfessorLaboratory of Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, KU Leuven

Eco-evolutionary dynamics and global change: freshwater ponds as model systems

2018/11/06

Dr. Jay Garland

Division DirectorNational Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Modeling and Mining the Microbiome to Help Catalyze Adoption of Onsite Non-Potable Water Reuse

2018/10/15 Liberty Hyde Bailey ProfessorSoil and Crop Sciences, School of Integrative Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Soil Organic Matter Formation: Concepts and Controversies

2018/04/18

Larry Hipps, Ph.D.

ProfessorDepartment of Plants, Soil & Climate, Utah State University

Evapotranspiration: Measurements, Models and Connections to Climate

2018/03/21

Dr. David Kaplan

Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Engineering Sciences

Socio-Ecohydrology of a Dammed Amazon

2018/02/20

Dr. Masaki Hayashi

Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer for 2018, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Physical HydrologyDepartment of Geoscience

Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World

2018/01/11

Dr. Sanjay Shukla

ProfessorIFAS Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Thinking Beyond Water to Design Win-Win Solutions for Water Sustainability

2017/12/05

Dr. Edgardo Latrubesse

ProfessorDepartment of Geography and the Environment

Fluvial Systems, Continental Sediment Sources, Sediment Sinks, and the Human Factor in Tropical South America

2017/11/27

Dr. Forrest “Ed” Harvey

2017 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer; ChiefWater Resources Division

Water Resource Stewardship in the U.S. National Park Service

2017/11/13

Dr. Thomas Bianchi

Jon and Beverly Thomson Endowed ChairDepartment of Geological Sciences

Carbon Remineralization and Burial in the Coastal Margin: Linkages in the Anthropocene

2017/10/31

Dr. W. Berry Lyons

Professor, School DirectorSchool of Earth Sciences

Hydrology and Aquatic Geochemistry of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

2017/05/02

Ryan Bailey, Ph.D.

Assistant ProfessorCivil and Environmental Engineering

Simulating water flow and solute transport in coupled groundwater-surface water systems using SWAT-MODFLOW

2017/04/04

Upmanu Lall, Ph.D.

Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering & Director of Columbia Water CenterDept. of Earth & Environmental Engineering

From Paleo to Future Climates: How could interannual to decadal to secular climate variations interact with vegetation, humans, soils and determine the phase space of the unsaturated zone

2017/03/17

Christine Kirchhoff, Ph.D.

Assistant ProfessorCivil & Environmental Engineering Department

Climate-Resilient Water Governance and Management: Progress and Challenges

2017/02/17

Catherine Kling, Ph.D.

Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Temporal Reliability of Welfare Estimates from Revealed Preference Data, co-hosted by UF Food & Resource Economics Department

2017/01/12

James Elser, Ph.D.

Bierman Professor of Ecology, DirectorFlathead Lake Biological Station

Biological Stoichiometry of Nutrient Limitation in Ecology and Evolution

2016/12/05

Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Ph.D.

2016 Water Institute Faculty FellowDepartment of Civil and Coastal Engineering, ESSIE

Why Should Management of Coastal Aquifers Consider Basin-scale Ocean Currents?

2016/11/14

Kati Migliaccio, Ph.D.

2016 Water Institute Faculty FellowDepartment of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Future of Water Management: Technology that makes science accessible to decision makers

2016/10/10

Ty Ferré, Ph.D.

2016 Darcy Lecture Series in Groundwater Science (Nat'l Groundwater Association), ProfessorDepartment of Hydrology and Water Resources

Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models, and Decision-Making

2016/09/15

Dr. Pedro Sanchez

Research ProfessorSoil and Water Sciences Department

Africa’s Progress in Fighting Hunger: Science and Policy – co-hosted by 17th Annual Soil and Water Sciences Research Forum

2016/09/12

Duane De Freese, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Restructuring the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program – An opportunity to connect science, policy and people through connected leadership

2016/03/24

Dr. Shemin Ge

2016 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, Professor of HydrogeologyDepartment of Geological Sciences

Fluid Induced Earthquakes: Insights from Hydrogeology and Poro-mechanics, co-hosted by Department of Geological Sciences

2016/03/07

Dr. Eric A. Davidson

Professor and DirectorAppalachian Laboratory

Manure Happens: The Consequences of Feeding Seven Billion Human Carnivores, co-hosted by Soil and Water Science Department

2016/01/14

Dr. Michael Dukes

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Center for Landscape Conservation & Ecology

Using Research to Inform Extension for Real World Water Conservation

2015/12/07

Dr. Mark Clark

Soil and Water Science Department

Nutrient Management at the Edge: Optimization and Innovations in Water Quality Treatment Strategies at the “Edge of the Field”

2015/11/13

Dr. Benjamin Strauss

Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts

Communicating Climate through the Lens of Rising Seas

2015/10/06

Dr. Torbjörn Tönqvist

Professor and ChairEarth and Environmental Science

Tipping Points of Coastal Marshes Due to Accelerated Sea-level Rise

2015/09/17

Dr. Andrew Sharpley

Professor of Soils and Water Quality

Exploring Phosphorus Paradoxes to Avoid Unintended Consequences

2015/03/30

Dr. Rainer Helmig

2015 Darcy LecturerDepartment of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems

Numerical Models for Evaluating the Competitive Use of the Subsurface: The Influence of Energy Storage and Production in Groundwater

2015/03/17

Dr. Chad Staddon

Professor of Resource Economics & PolicyDepartment of Geography and Environmental Management

Water Governance and the ‘Urban Hydrosocial Transition’

2015/02/11

Dr. Clifford Voss

2015 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, Research HydrologistNational Research Program

Informing Management of the World’s Largest Groundwater Systems with Simply-Structured Model Analysis

2015/01/29

Prof. Marnik Vanclooster

ProfessorEarth and Life Institute - Environmental Sciences

“L’union fait la force” or how different approaches should be combined to characterize water quality of groundwater bodies

2015/01/14

Dr. James Jawitz

ProfessorSoil and Water Science Department

Why is the flow to Silver Springs decreasing?

2015/01/14

Dr. Jonathan Martin

ProfessorDepartment of Geological Sciences

Views of sea level rise from Greenland, the Yucatan, and beyond

2014/09/30

Shannon Estenoz

Director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives

Everglades Restoration: Progress and Challenges Ahead

2014/09/18

Dr. Peter Groffman

Senior Scientist & Microbial Ecologist

The Bio-Geo-Socio-Chemistry of Nitrogen in Urban Watersheds, presented at the 15th Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum

2014/04/28

Carlos Duarte

Research ProfessorSpanish National Research Council (CSIC)

The role of coastal vegetation in climate change mitigation and adaptation

2014/03/31

Christine A. Klein

Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law, Director, LL.M. Program in Environmental & Land Use LawLevin College of Law

Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

2014/01/16

Ellen E. Martin, Ph.D.

Professor, FCI Faculty FellowDepartment of Geological Sciences

From the Greenhouse to the Icehouse: Climate Change 33 Million Years Ago

2014/01/16

Rafael Munoz-Carpena, Ph.D.

UF Water Institute Faculty Fellow, ProfessorAgricultural and Biological Engineering Department

A Peep into Environmental Complexity and Resilience? Global Sensitivity and Uncertainty Evaluation of Mathematical Models

2013/11/15

Dr. Matthew J. Cohen

Associate Professor, Forest Water ResourcesSchool of Forest Resources and Conservation

Sometimes you can see a lot just by looking: How sensors are changing our understanding of rivers

2013/11/15

Dr. Timothy Martin

Professor, Tree Physiology, Project Director of Pinemap (NIFA)School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Long-term cooperative research in southern pines: The greatest good

2013/11/04

Buster Simpson

Environmental Artist

The Watershed of Poetic Utility: Developing a water ethic through environmental design

2013/09/06

Dr. Linda S. Lee

Professor, Associate HeadAgronomy Department

Technology, Stewardship & Quality of Life: Chemicals of Emerging Concern in the Balance