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Category: Natural Resources

UF/IFAS Extension to launch “Climate Smart Floridians” program 

Virginia Key beach in Miami, Florida.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has forecast some major issues for Florida due to climate change. Rising sea level means retreating shorelines and more coastal flooding. Hotter than normal temperatures mean stress on the state’s water supply, livestock, and crops – not to mention people.   While climate… Read More

Algae study recognized for high impact among UF/IFAS research

researcher examining algea in water tank

The UF/IFAS Research Dean’s Office is recognizing former undergraduate student Rebecca O’Connell and Soil and Water Sciences research professor Dr. Ann Wilkie for their research paper. The article they co-authored, “Comparing Harvest Productivity of the Filamentous Alga Oedogonium… Read More

New research examines how hurricanes impact inland waters

ocean waves on-shore

A hurricane is a devastating natural disaster. Loss of life and destruction of property are two things most people think of in the aftermath of a hurricane. New UF/IFAS-led research focuses on how hurricanes impact some inland waters…. Read More

Graduate students share soil and water sciences with after-school science club

Two Soil and Water Sciences (SWS) Department graduate students shared their knowledge with an after-school science club. Michael James and Julio Pachon visited students at the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center in Gainesville on March 5, 2020. The… Read More

UF Water Institute affiliate faculty awarded NIFA grant

coastal marsh

From the UF Water Institute Three UF Water Institute affiliate faculty members have been awarded a USDA NIFA grant to assess the impacts of saltwater intrusion (SWI) in agricultural areas. The grant totals $500,000 and includes the assessment… Read More

Student uses Andes Mountain Hike for Class Project

Hiking path in valley of Andes Mountains, Peru.

A student majoring in Environmental Management of Agricultural and Natural Resources used a hike in the Andes Mountains this spring to complete a class project. Sarah Birkmire was taking GIS for Soil and Water Science (SWS 4720C) when… Read More

Research examines efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer for tomatoes

tomato flowers on vine

The efficient use of fertilizer is a concern to those in and outside of agricultural production. Too much, or application at the wrong time, wastes resources for producers and can pose a risk to the environment. Researchers in… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. The personal health and safety of everyone… Read More

Soil and Water Sciences Department chair receives textbook award

textbook cover Freshwater Ecology

Dr. Matt Whiles, the chair of the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department, is a recipient of the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) Textbook Excellence Award for 2020. Whiles and co-author Dr. Walter Dodds won the award… Read More