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Florida Trend article featuring Dr. Arnoldo Valle-Levinson ,

2016 Water Institute Faculty Fellow Dr. Arnoldo Valle-Levinson was recently featured in the first article of a Florida Trend series focused on sea-level rise in Florida. The article is entitled Learning to live with water, and it discusses the rate at which Florida’s coastal marine waters are expected to rise, as well as how local governments are addressing sea-level rise.

Dr. Valle-Levinson is a physical oceanographer whose recent research focuses on sea-level rise, water usage, and ocean water intrusion into freshwater aquifers and estuaries. He is working to shed some light on the effects of sea-level variability on saltwater intrusion. His contributions to this Florida Trend series provide important scientific context and evidence regarding impacts of sea-level rise on coastal communities.

Please click here for the full article

Faculty In the Spotlight



Dr. Thomas S. Bianchi: Soil and Water Sciences Distinguished Speaker Seminar 

The Soil and Water Sciences Department, co-sponsored by the UF Water Institute, is hosting Dr. Thomas S. Bianchi for their Distinguished Speaker Seminar at the 18th Annual Soil and Water Sciences Research Forum. Please join us as Dr. Bianchi presents Carbon Remineralization and Burial in the Coastal Margin: Linkages in the Anthropocene.

The seminar will take place on Monday, November 13, from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM in the J. Wayne Reitz Union’s Rion Ballroom.

If you are unable to attend the seminar, we will also have a live stream of Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker presentations. For additional details about the 18th Annual Soil and Water Sciences Department Research Forum, please contact Michael Sisk at mjsisk@ufl.edu or Dr. James Jawitz at jawitz@ufl.edu.

More information on the presentation can be found below.

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

Continental margin systems collectively receive and store vast amounts of organic carbon (OC) derived from primary productivity both on land and in the ocean, thereby playing a central role in the global carbon cycle. The land-ocean interface is however extremely heterogeneous in terms of terrigenous inputs, marine primary productivity, sediment transport processes and, depositional conditions such as bottom water oxygen levels. Continental margins are also highly dynamic, with processes occurring over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales. The rates of organic carbon burial and oxidation are consequently variable over both space and time, hindering our ability to derive a global picture of OC cycling at the land-ocean interface. Here, I review the processes controlling the fate of organic matter in continental margin sediments with a special emphasis on “hot spots” and “hot moments” of OC burial and oxidation. I present a compilation of compositional data from a set of illustrative settings, including fjords, small mountainous river margins, large deltaic systems and upwelling areas. Bulk organic carbon stable isotope and radiocarbon compositions reveal the diversity and complexity characteristic of organic carbon buried in marginal seas. This primarily relates to the differences in marine and terrestrial inputs, the composition of the terrestrial component (e.g. vascular plant OC, soil, and petrogenic OC inputs), and processes modulating the fate of organic carbon within the marine environment (e.g., priming). This widely contrasting behavior illustrates that the reactivity of organic carbon is a product of its chemical composition and ecosystem properties. Interpreted in the context of bulk compositional data as well as that obtained on specific molecular markers (e.g., lignin-derived phenols), the possibility exists to tease apart complex mixtures of terrestrial and marine inputs, and to shed light on the role of the myriad depositional and post-depositional processes.



News In the Spotlight




Celebration of the 2017 UF Water Institute Faculty Fellows 

On October 23, 2017, the UF Water Institute and the Florida Climate Institute celebrated the 2017 Faculty Fellow Award recipients at the Faculty Fellow Award Celebration in Dauer Hall. This year’s UF Water Institute award recipients are Dr. Sanjay Shukla and Dr. David Kaplan. The 2017 Florida Climate Institute Faculty Fellows are Tom Ankersen and Dr. Sadie Ryan.

Dr. Sanjay Shukla received the Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award for his extensive and interdisciplinary water research. His research has focused on water conservation in crop production and governmental policy. Dr. David Kaplan received the Early Career Faculty Fellow Award for his outstanding accomplishments and involvement in water research spanning from the Brazilian Amazon to Florida’s Gulf Coast.


The award celebration provided a venue to honor the faculty members’ accomplishments and dedication to water and climate research. The Fellows each spoke about their research and the things they’ve learned in their careers. They provided great insight into what makes interdisciplinary research necessary and successful, as well as what the future of interdisciplinary research should look like.

More photos from the ceremony and reception can be found at this link.

In the coming months, each of the Water Institute’s Faculty Fellows will be featured as part of the UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series, where the Fellows will present seminars on their current research. The seminars will take place on the following dates:

Dr. Sanjay Shukla: January 11 2:30PM - 3:30PM J. Wayne Reitz Union
Room 3320
Dr. David Kaplan: March 21 2:30PM - 3:30PM J. Wayne Reitz Union
Room 3320


Photos courtesy of Tyler Jones, IFAS Photography.

News In the Spotlight




The UF Water Institute joins the US Department of Interior Southeast Climate Science Center 

The Department of Interior Southeast Climate Science Center has recently received a five-year funding award, allowing them to enter into the second phase of their timeline and welcome five universities to join the Consortium. Many universities competed to join North Carolina State University in its work as host of the Climate Science Center, but after extensive review, the following universities and corresponding Principal Investigators were chosen:

University of Florida, Dr. Wendy Graham
Auburn University, Dr. Karen McNeal
Duke University, Dr. Lydia Olander
University of South Carolina, Dr. Kristin Dow
University of Tennessee, Dr. Paul Armsworth

These universities, along with other collaborators such as federal agencies, State fish and wildlife managers, water managers, tribal groups, and conservation organizations, will work alongside North Carolina State University over the next five years in its efforts to provide local stakeholders and managers the research, information, and tools necessary to make informed decisions regarding climate and land use impacts.

The mission of the SE Climate Science Center is to help people to understand what exposure to global change processes looks like, what the impacts of climate change are, and how to make climate- or land use change adaptation decisions. The addition of the five universities to the Consortium will allow the CSC’s access to expertise to broaden, allowing them to be better able to fulfill this mission. The UF Water Institute will expand the CSC to include understanding risk and resilience to changes in water supply and demand that may result from a changing climate.

For more information regarding the Southeast Climate Science Center and its work, you may view the SE CSC Fact Sheet, or you may visit their website.


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