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UF Water Institute NRLI Assistance ,

Dr. Carol Lippincott, Research Coordinator III with the Water Institute, assisted the UF/IFAS Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI) with several sessions this spring. Dr. Lippincott is an alumnus of NRLI Class VIII. The first session, for the 2018 class of NRLI Fellows, focused on unique issues associated with management of water flowing to Blue Spring in Volusia County, an important winter refuge for manatees. Local governments and utilities in the Volusia-Blue Spring watershed are tasked with increasing water flow to the popular spring in order to increase warm-water winter refuge for manatees, while at the same time reducing polluting nitrates in the spring water.

The next was a “mini-NRLI” for select staff of the Suwannee River Water Management District. Dr. Lippincott provided an overview of the history of conflict resolution and collaboration that led to completion of the Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Restoration Project. A major component of this project is the popular 225-acre constructed treatment wetland in Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville.

Another “mini-NRLI” for statewide senior staff of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection focused on the watershed–scale connections between agricultural activities in the middle Suwannee basin and health of the downstream estuary at Suwannee Sound on the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Lippincott provided an overview of how commercial and sport fisheries, as well as wading birds and sea grass communities, depend on clean fresh water flowing into the estuary from the Suwannee River.

For information about the UF/IFAS Natural Resources Leadership Institute, and to apply for the 2019 class, please visit their website.

Faculty In the Spotlight



UF Water Institute Affiliate Faculty Member Wins Pulitzer Prize 

Repost from UF News:

University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today.

“Jack’s considerable talent lies in his ability to take on large, sweeping subjects, boil them down to the human level and make them a compelling read,” UF Provost Joe Glover said. ‘The Gulf’ is no exception. It is a remarkable book, and we are incredibly proud to have him on our faculty.”

Davis said he was in his office Monday afternoon meeting with a student when his phone began pinging repeatedly. He didn’t know why.

“Then I looked at it and it said I’d won the Pulitzer and I was speechless,” he said. “It’s been wonderful. Everyone here at UF – the department, the dean the university, President [Kent] Fuchs has been very supportive of this book from the very beginning. That kind of support means a lot to a faculty member.”

In his review of “The Gulf” for the New York Times in May 2017, Philip Connors wrote, “In Davis’s hands, the story reads like a watery version of the history of the American West. Both places saw Spanish incursions from the south, mutual incomprehension in the meeting of Europeans and aboriginals, waves of disease that devastated the natives and a relentless quest by the newcomers for the raw materials of empire. There were scoundrels and hucksters, booms and busts, senseless killing in sublime landscapes and a tragic belief in the inexhaustible bounty of nature.”

“The Gulf” also won the Kirkus Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, was a New York Times Notable Book, and made a number of other “best of” lists in national publications.

“Jack Davis’ book on the Gulf of Mexico is spectacular contribution,” said David Richardson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which is home to the UF history department. “We are thrilled that the Pulitzer committee felt the same way in awarding him the prize in history. In the tradition of the best historians, Jack weaves a story of a place and its peoples and their uniquely American identity. Jack excels as a scholar and writer in the classroom and beyond. We are proud to have him among our faculty.”

When Davis first conceived of “The Gulf,” the Deepwater Horizon accident that dumped 130 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico had not yet happened. That Davis was writing a history of the Gulf around the same time as the largest oil spill in history was coincidental, and allowed him to focus on aspects other than the spill, which he says, “seemed to rob the Gulf of Mexico of its true identity.”

“I wanted to restore it, to show people that the Gulf is more than an oil spill,” he said. “It’s got a rich, natural history connected to Americans, and it’s not integrated into the larger American historical narrative. That’s a wrong I wanted to correct.”

Davis received his Ph.D. in 1994 at Brandeis University. He works with students whose interests lie in environmental history. Before joining the UF faculty, he taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was director of environmental studies; the University of Jordan, where he was a Fulbright scholar; and Eckerd College. In 2004, he launched the department’s student journal, Alpata: A Journal of History, and remains its faculty advisor. His “Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930” won the Charles S. Sydnor Prize for the best book in southern history published in 2001.

He has edited three anthologies (on the civil rights movement, female activism in Florida, and Florida environmental history) and a collection of writings by Marjory Stoneman Douglas.



Faculty In the Spotlight




Six Water Institute Affiliate Faculty Members Awarded 2018-2021 UF Research Foundation Professorships 

Yearly, the University of Florida Research Foundation awards three-year professorships to up to 34 UF Full-time, Associate and Full Professors with tenure. Of the 33 faculty members who received the award for 2018, six of the UFRF Professors are UF Water Institute Affiliate Faculty.

The Affiliate Faculty who were awarded Professorships are:
According to the UFRF website, the Professorship Award is meant to “recognize recent contributions and to provide incentives for continued excellence in research.” Each Professorship is a three-year appointment, including a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a $3,000 grant to support research.

In order to be considered for the award, each faculty member had to have been nominated and recommended by their Department Chair for demonstrated excellence in their field and “an active current research program that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their field.”

For more information about the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Awards, please visit the Office of Research website.

News In the Spotlight




Dr. Larry Hipps: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 

The UF Water Institute is hosting Dr. Larry Hipps as the April Distinguished Scholar Seminar speaker. Dr. Hipps is a professor in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate at Utah State University. He is a biometeorologist, and his research group conducts research on meteorology and land-atmosphere exchange.

Please join us as Dr. Hipps presents Evapotranspiration: Measurements, Models and Connections to Climate. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 18, from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Chamber.

If you are unable to attend, a video of the presentation will be uploaded to our website shortly after the seminar. For additional details, please contact UF Water Institute’s Carol Lippincott at calippincott@ufl.edu.

More information on the presentation can be found below.

Evapotranspiration: Measurements, Models and Connections to Climate

Evapotranspiration (ET) has very significant connections to water resources, hydrology, agriculture, ecology, and climate over many scales. Yet because of the complex biophysical nature of evapotranspiration, it remains a difficult process to measure, and especially to simulate or predict. State-of-the-art measurements and recent models of ET are presented. The limitations of more dated and empirical approaches will be noted. Recent advances in remote sensing-based models for spatial distribution of ET will be explored, including their strengths and limitations. Finally, an approach is proposed to simulate ET responses to temporal changes in climatic conditions.




UF Water Institute NRLI Assistance 
Posted: 5/11/2018

UF Water Institute Affiliate Faculty Member Wins Pulitzer Prize 
Posted: 5/2/2018

Six Water Institute Affiliate Faculty Members Awarded 2018-2021 UF Research Foundation Professorships 
Posted: 4/23/2018

Dr. Larry Hipps: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 4/13/2018

UF Water Institute Facilitates First Collaborative Workshop 
Posted: 4/6/2018

Roger Kjelgren Selected as Leshner Fellow 
Posted: 3/30/2018

Dr. David Kaplan: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 3/13/2018

UF Water Institute Collaborative Workshop 
Posted: 3/7/2018

Welcome to the Newest Faculty Advisory Committee Chair Elect, Dr. Nancy Denslow 
Posted: 2/27/2018

Amazon Dams WIGF Cohort Completes Lecture Series at Oak Hammock 
Posted: 2/21/2018

Dr. Masaki Hayashi: UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar 
Posted: 2/14/2018

Welcome to the 6th UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 2/5/2018

2018 UF Water Institute Symposium 
Posted: 1/30/2018

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