Gretchen Stokes recently presented her work on assessing stakeholder views of vulnerability across Lake Malawi (Africa) at the EFI 2019 Conference in Washington D.C. This spring semester, she spent 3 weeks in Malawi surveying local fishery experts as part of a larger global assessment initiative. Great job, Gretchen!
Trista Brophy recently presented her work on greenhouse gas emissions during municipal water production at the National Sustainability Summit + National Extension Energy Summit. Trista is documenting how large urban areas can reduce emissions, sell their emissions credits, and use the revenue to fund additional water conservation strategies. Great job, Trista!
The LW Lab had a great trip to Washington D.C. for the 2018 AGU meeting. Thanks to the co-chairs of the ”Agrohydrology in a Changing World: From Global Processes to Local Outcomes” session. We look forward to attending next year in San Francisco!
Welcome to the group, Gretchen Stokes! Gretchen is a PhD student pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ecology degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment. She is currently leading a collaborative global fisheries project with the United States Geological Survey and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and will be specializing in movement ecology and GIS analysis. Fun fact: Gretchen spent a year in the rainforests of Brazil tracking arapaima.
Welcome to the group, Trista Brophy! Trista is coming to UF with 2 master’s degrees from the University of South Florida (Environmental Science & Policy and Global Sustainability). She most recently was on staff at Tampa Bay Water. Trista is pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ecology degree through the School of Natural Resources and Environment and will be concentrating on GIS/Soil and Water Science. Fun fact: Trista is a tango teacher and DJ.
GSA 2018 was a success! UF-LWL students Libby Quinn and Aleks Glavnik presented posters as part of the Undergraduate Hydrogeology Showcase. A big congrats to Libby on taking home the top prize! The Agrohydrology technical session co-chaired with Erin Haacker (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Jill Deines (Stanford University) featured some amazing research focused on the intersection water, land, and society. Check out the GSA press release coming out of the session.
Congrats to all the presenters at the 19th Annual Soil and Water Sciences Research Forum! This year’s forum featured Dr. Johannes Lehmann from Cornell University and over 50 SWS presenters. Our lab’s Susan Lamb presented her poster, “Evaluating Physical, Agricultural, and Social Drivers to Irrigation Water Use in Western Kansas”. Not too many departments hold their own research forum - just another reason to choose UF!
Welcome to the group, Hugh B. Webb! Bruce is a distance education student currently located in Rhode Island working as an environmental professional. He has already completed the graduate certificate in Wetland and Water Resources Management and will be developing an urban planning model for his thesis. Fun fact: Bruce is a native of Canada and comes from a long line of Hugh’s.
Welcome to the group, James Phillips! James is an undergraduate engineering student who is working to design and develop robust water filters for remote areas of the world. He's currently pursuing an updated version of the biosand water filter. Fun fact: James is an active member of University of Florida’s Engineers Without Borders - Nepal Team.
We were happy to host ECHO Global Farm for a tour of UF/IFAS on Friday. Thanks to all the UF/IFAS faculty, extension agents, and employees that helped with our tour! It was great to visit the Plant Science Research & Education Unit, Dairy Unit, and Beef Teaching Unit. The future looks bright for continued collaboration with ECHO and their unique team of agricultural professionals.
Welcome to the group, Susan Lamb! Susan is a Michigan native and will be starting her MS degree in the Soil and Water Sciences Department. She graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a BS degree in Geology and will be focusing on agricultural water use while at UF. Fun fact: Susan spent a semester in Nicaragua investigating the performance of water relief projects as part of the Human Needs and Global Resources program.
A new paper, "Agricultural implications of providing soil-based constraints on urban expansion: Land use forecasts to 2050", has just been published in Journal of Environmental Management. Here, we introduce a planning strategy that inhibits valuable agricultural soils from becoming urbanized. The results highlight protected agricultural revenue and increased urban density across the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
The Land and Water Lab has transitioned from Wheaton College (IL) to the University of Florida. We will be in full swing starting July 1st. Check out the UF Soil and Water Sciences link under the Links tab for more information about the department. We are looking forward to being a part of this great group and institution!