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Sandra Postel Confirmed as Plenary Speaker for 2018 UF Water Institute Symposium ,

The Water Institute is honored to welcome Sandra Postel as the Plenary Speaker for the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium, taking place on February 6th – 7th, 2018, on the UF campus in Gainesville, FL.

Postel is Director of the Independent Global Water Policy Project, and was appointed Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society in 2010. She has had an impressive and inspiring career working to promote sustainable practices in regards to the use and conservation of freshwater. Sandra has authored over 100 articles and publications and has penned five books dealing with national and global water challenges. Her work has won her praise and recognition in the water community, and she is a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer across the country.

Sandra’s newest book, Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity, is set to be released in October 2017.

The 2018 UF Water Institute Symposium will focus on shaping our water future. Presentations, poster sessions, and panels will explore current water use, conservation, restoration, and adaptation efforts and challenges while envisioning new ways of sustaining our water systems. Innovative science, technology, cultural, policy, and management solutions will be reflected in the following areas:

Drivers of social, hydrologic, ecologic and economic change
Impacts to coastal, surface water, spring and aquifer systems
Tradeoffs among water use, conservation, restoration and adaptation
Solutions through science, technology, cultural, policy and management approaches

For more information regarding the Symposium, please visit our 2018 Symposium event page.

Students In the Spotlight



The 2017 Water Institute Graduate Fellows have begun their program research 

The 2017 Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) have arrived on campus, and their program is underway. The goal of their research focuses on the interbasin transfer of surface water into the Tempisque River watershed in Costa Rica. For decades, water has been pumped from the wet eastern side of the country to the dry western side. The five Fellows, all doctoral students, will analyze the alteration of hydrology, land use, economic structure, and health of the downstream Palo Verde wetland, and identify strategies to achieve watershed resilience and correct some of the unintended consequences for the Tempisque River watershed.

With an interdisciplinary mix of professional and academic experience, the 2017 WIGF cohort is made up of five highly qualified and driven individuals. Over the next four years of their Fellowship, they will be working and learning together to achieve their program goals.

With a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Civil Engineering, Matt Foster’s research interest centers on water quality in river basins and coastal zones, as well as environmental management in agriculture and aquaculture. Matt is a doctoral student of Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena.

A doctoral student of Dr. Peter Waylen, Caroline Huguenin’s research interests include climate-change scenarios, remote sensing, hydrology, and working with youth on water issues. Caroline received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and her Master’s degree in Water Science and Engineering.

Oswaldo Medina-Ramírez is interested in research centered on public policy, social network analysis, governance, agriculture, and rural and urban socioeconomic development. Oswaldo is a doctoral student of Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Socioeconomic Development and Environment and his Master’s degree in Sustainable Development Practice.

Daniel Penniman received his Bachelor’s degree in Food and Resource Economics and his Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from UF. Daniel is a doctoral student of Dr. Greg Kiker and Dr. Christine Angelini, and his research interests include watershed management, ecological restoration, and addressing the failures of environmental regulations in bringing about intended ecological outcomes.

Beginning in January 2018 as a doctoral student of Dr. Rachata Muneepeerakul, Katie Vazquez earned her Bachelor’s degree and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at UF. Her research interests center on links between hydrology and humans, tradeoffs in environmental policy, and water quantity and quality issues.

The 2017 WIGF cohort meets every other week to discuss and develop research ideas. As progress is made in their research, the students will be publishing their findings.

Faculty In the Spotlight




New 2017 Water Institute Faculty Fellows 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sanjay Shukla and Dr. David Kaplan for being selected as the 2017 Water Institute Faculty Fellows, recognized for their contributions to interdisciplinary water research, Extension, and education programs, as well as for providing substantial support to programs of the UF Water Institute.

Dr. Shukla, Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, receives this year’s Distinguished award. Sanjay earned his Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Sanjay’s research focuses on sustainable solutions for water availability and quality, irrigation and drainage watershed hydrology and modeling, and water-related ecosystem services, with the goal of increasing water sustainability by integrating research and Extension at field, farm, and basin scales. Read more on Dr. Shukla's webpage.

Dr. Kaplan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, receives this year’s Early Career award. David earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at University of Florida. David’s research focuses on linkages between ecosystems and the hydrologic cycle, with the goal of guiding sustainable natural resources management though the development of new scientific knowledge and engineering tools. Dr. Kaplan also leads WI Graduate Fellows (WIGF) Cohort focusing on Hydrologic transformation in the Amazon Basin. Read more on Dr. Kaplan's webpage.

Sanjay and David join 6 current WI Faculty Fellows - Drs. Kati Migliaccio, Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, Mark Clark, Matt Cohen, Michael Dukes, and James Jawitz. WI Faculty Fellows receive a $2,000 a year award during their 3-year Fellowship term.

Dr. Shukla and Dr. Kaplan will be recognized at a Faculty Fellow Awards Celebration - held jointly with the Florida Climate Institute - on Monday, October 23 at 4:30 in the Keene Faculty Center in Dauer Hall. The 2017 Florida Climate Institute Faculty Fellows, Dr. Sadie Ryan and Mr. Tom Ankersen, will also be recognized at the event.

Staff In the Spotlight




Megan Almaguer joins the Water Institute team 

The road that led me to the Water Institute was not a straight one, but it was the winding journey that allowed me to see so clearly that this is where I was meant to end up all along.

I graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with the hopes of entering the travel industry. After spending about a year in the industry, I realized that selling vacations was not what I was passionate about. I did not look forward to going to work in the morning because I did not feel that I was making a difference in the world. So, I set out on a journey of self-discovery to find my passion. I made many stops along the way, from computer science to coffee, but nothing I tried my hand at seemed to fulfill that drive to make a difference.

It wasn’t until I began changing my diet and consumer buying habits to be more cruelty-free and sustainable that I realized that my business degree and personal passion for sustainability could work in harmony to create a career that I am passionate about. I quickly began looking for ways to gain more knowledge and qualifications for sustainably-minded business positions, and I learned about “Green MBA” programs, which are MBA programs with a focus on sustainability. I immediately applied, and I was accepted into my top program choice, which will begin in September 2017.

I had resigned myself to two years of studying and working in an unrelated job before I would be able to secure a position in the field, but I stumbled upon the Water Institute’s job posting for their new Program Assistant position and decided to apply. It was exactly what I was looking for: an organization that was focused on conservation and sustainability and a position that focused on business. I was absolutely thrilled when I heard that I was accepted for the position, and I am very excited to begin my work with the UF Water Institute!

I hope to bring an enthusiastic new set of eyes to an already wonderful organization, and I hope to contribute great administrative, fiscal, and programmatic work to the team. It is my goal to offer the best and most efficient support that I can, and I am very excited to get started!


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