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Cynthia Barnett Joins Bob Graham Center ,

Cynthia Barnett, award-winning journalist and author, can now add Environmental Fellow in Residence to her resume. She will be joining UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service as a Fellow, a shared appointment with UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, where Barnett serves as Environmental Journalist in Residence.

An environmental journalist who has penned multiple best-selling books on water, Cynthia has reported on water and climate change worldwide. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida, in Journalism and American History, respectively. She also served as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan for a year, where she studied fresh water.

As Environmental Fellow in Residence, Cynthia will teach courses for the Graham Center’s public leadership minor, and team with UF students and faculty to lead environmental initiatives and improve public understanding of climate change and other complex environmental issues.

To view the full news release, please visit the Graham Center’s website.

Cynthia will be moderating the “Telling Water’s Story” panel on Wednesday, February 7th sat the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium, with panelists Jennifer Adler Owen, Sandra Postel, and Margaret Ross Tolbert. In this Final Plenary, panelists will draw on a variety of personal and institutional perspectives to discuss major challenges to Florida’s water security and new opportunities to shape Florida’s water future. Policies and programs that are currently working well, as well as new initiatives necessary to ensure sustainable water resources, will be discussed.

For more information on panels and sessions that will take place during the Symposium, you may view the Symposium Agenda.

News In the Spotlight



CRISPS Project News Release 

Over the last several decades many Florida springs have experienced a reduction in discharge, increased nitrate concentrations, and increased occurrence of nuisance algae and invasive aquatic plants.

In 2014, the St. Johns River Water Management District engaged UF-IFAS and the UF Water Institute to collaborate and assist with interdisciplinary research and experimentation geared toward protection and restoration of Florida’s springs, a partnership called the Collaborative Research Initiative on Sustainability and Protection of Springs (CRISPS). The three-year investigation has now drawn to a close, and the final report has been published on the SJRWMD website.

CRISPS scientists studied drivers and impacts of nitrate loading to springs from the land surface through the aquifer system and within the spring river run. One of the major objectives of the project was to evaluate whether a reduction in nitrate concentration alone would be sufficient to restore the balance between nuisance algae and native submersed vascular plants in spring-fed rivers. Several lines of evidence developed by the team suggest that this is not the case, that a larger suite of pollutants and stressors must be considered to effectively manage spring ecosystems. In particular river velocity was found to be important, with high water velocities helping to reduce algal coverage.

If you’d like more information on the CRISPS project, you can click here to read an article published on Ocala.com featuring many scientists involved in the research.

To view the complete CRISPS Final Report, you may click here.

Faculty In the Spotlight




Dr. Sanjay Shukla Featured in Naples Daily News 

Dr. Sanjay Shukla has recently been featured in the Naples Daily News, in a Guest Commentary written by UF IFAS Senior Vice President Jack Payne. The article describes Dr. Shukla’s integration of research and extension in order to create the largest benefit for Florida farmers.

The full news article can be found here.

Dr. Shukla was one of two UF Water Institute 2017 Faculty Fellows. He specializes in watershed hydrology, hydrologic/water quality modeling, irrigation and drainage, sustainable solutions for water availability and quality, and ecosystem services from agriculture.

As a part of the Water Institute Faculty Fellows program, Dr. Shukla will be presenting a seminar entitled Thinking Beyond Water to Design Win-Win Solutions for Water Sustainability. This seminar will take place on Thursday, January 11, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM in the J. Wayne Reitz Union, room 3320.

More information on the presentation can be found below.

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

Issues related to water conservation are multi-dimensional and require thinking beyond water to achieve large-scale changes. The seminar will summarize results from studies aimed at designing stakeholder-driven solutions for agriculture to achieve real changes in water use and quality. These include transforming the food-water-energy-land-economic nexus through compact bed geometries, payment for water-related environmental services program for working agricultural lands, and water-energy nexus in agriculture and policy options.



Students In the Spotlight




Hydrologic Sciences Academic Concentration 

What is it?


The Hydrologic Sciences Academic Concentration (HSAC) is a unique interdisciplinary program that is designed to broaden the skills of science and engineering students who are interested in all aspects of water. The program requirements were developed in recognition of the diversity in academic backgrounds and professional goals of the students, so the Concentration emphasizes broad and rigorous training in a wide range of areas of expertise. Flexibility in course selection allows students to develop individualized academic plans of study to meet their academic and professional goals, the overall goals of the Concentration, and the goals of the students’ own degree programs.

UF science or engineering graduate students with interest in and/or career goals related to water should consider applying. Students should have an interest in broadening their learning through interdisciplinary coursework throughout their graduate studies.

PhD students with previous graduate coursework meeting the syllabus criteria of eligible courses may be able to transfer in those credits for use toward their HSAC-required coursework.

The HSAC program:
  • Is open to both MS and PhD students
  • Requires no extra coursework for your planned degree, if integrated into your Plan of Study
  • Designates the Concentration on your transcript

What is required?


The program requires graduate students to complete a core curriculum in Hydrologic Sciences, which comprises courses in the following six topics:

Topic 1: Subsurface HydrologyTopic 2: Surface Hydrology
Topic 3: Hydrologic ChemistryTopic 4: Hydrologic Ecology
Topic 5: Hydrologic Analysis and TechniquesTopic 6: Hydrologic Policy and Management

Masters students are expected to complete at least 12 credit hours:
  • One course from Topic 1
  • One course from Topic 2
  • One course from two of the four remaining topics
PhD students are expected to complete at least 18 credit hours:
  • One course from each of the six topics

How do you apply?


  1. Choose an advisor who is already a member of HSAC, or ask your advisor to join HSAC.
  2. Develop a Plan of Study that meets HSAC’s degree requirements.
  3. Choose your supervisory committee. When submitting your supervisory committee form to your department’s Academic Advising Office, designate the Concentration using Track Code ‘HDS’ and ask them to enter this into the GIMS system.
  4. Submit the HSAC application by going to our website and clicking on ‘Click Here to Apply!’
Please contact your advisor if you are interested in HSAC. You may also email us with any questions you may have about program.


Cynthia Barnett Joins Bob Graham Center 
Posted: 1/23/2018

CRISPS Project News Release 
Posted: 1/16/2018

Dr. Sanjay Shukla Featured in Naples Daily News 
Posted: 1/9/2018

Hydrologic Sciences Academic Concentration 
Posted: 1/2/2018

Happy Holidays, from the UF Water Institute! 
Posted: 12/20/2017

Registration for the 2018 Symposium 
Posted: 12/12/2017

Dr. Kaplan’s Amazon Dams Article Published in Science Advances 
Posted: 12/5/2017

Dr. Edgardo Latrubesse: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 11/28/2017

Dr. Forrest “Ed” Harvey: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 11/21/2017

Florida Trend article featuring Dr. Arnoldo Valle-Levinson 
Posted: 11/14/2017

Dr. Thomas S. Bianchi: Soil and Water Sciences Distinguished Speaker Seminar 
Posted: 11/6/2017

Celebration of the 2017 UF Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 10/27/2017

The UF Water Institute joins the US Department of Interior Southeast Climate Science Center 
Posted: 10/16/2017

Deadline for Abstract Submission for the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 10/5/2017

Sandra Postel Confirmed as Plenary Speaker for 2018 UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 9/25/2017

The 2017 Water Institute Graduate Fellows have begun their program research 
Posted: 9/18/2017

New 2017 Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 9/13/2017

Megan Almaguer joins the Water Institute team 
Posted: 8/31/2017

Abstract submission is open for the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 8/24/2017

Dr. Wendy Graham appointed to Water Science and Technology Board 
Posted: 8/16/2017

Megan Stein Intern Report 
Posted: 7/13/2017

New Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee Members Begin Term 
Posted: 7/6/2017

UF Water Institute Begins Collaborative Project to Protect Floridan Aquifer 
Posted: 6/29/2017

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