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SWS ALUMNI


In future newslellers, we
would like Io include news
from our alumni and their
success stories and
accomplishments. Please
provide highlights of your
current activities, so that we
can include Ihem in future
SWSD newslellers.
Please e-mail information
and a photograph to
Pam Marlin al:
pem@ufl.edu.


EDITORS:
Pam Marlin
pem@uft.edu
Darryl Palmer
dpalmer@ifas.uft.edu
Dr. Vimala Nair
vdna@ifas.uft.edu


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Summer 2005


SOIL AND WATER SCIENCE GRADUATES


Recent MS graduates in the department, L to R Sue Simon (2004), Shannon Curtis (2005), Chakesha Martin
(2004), Lynette Malecki (2003) and Erin Bostic Corstanje (2003)

The Soil and Water Science Department (SWSD) is one of the few academic departments in
the world that offers comprehensive interdisciplinary research, teaching, and extension/outreach
programs in soil, water and environmental sciences. The department offers graduate programs
with an emphasis on soil science, environmental science, hydrologic science, and wetland
science. In addition, the department also actively participates in the interdisciplinary ecology
graduate program. Since its establishment in 1925, the SWSD has provided a home for a
large number of post-doctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students, visiting
scientists, and staff. Graduates of our department are well-placed in academic institutions,
industry, and government agencies. These graduates have advanced in their professional
careers and now hold high-level positions. For example, our graduates with BS and MS
degrees are employed by state and federal agencies, agricultural industry, and environmental
consulting firms. A good number of these students have pursued advanced degrees. Our PhD
graduates are employed as faculty members in universities, as senior scientists and
managers in state and federal agencies and agricultural industry, and as environmental
scientists with leading consulting firms. Several of our former students are now recognized as
Fellows by the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy.
In this newsletter we highlight a few of our former students' success stories. In our future
newsletters, we will continue to highlight our alumni including former students, post-doctoral
fellows, and faculty. A complete list of our alumni will be made available on the SWSD web
site. Our alumni serve as excellent ambassadors for the SWSD and for the University of
Florida--we are proud of them and derive great satisfaction that the department has made a
small difference in shaping their lives and careers.


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BS AND MS GRADUATES


STEVE BARLOW MS 2004
Ste e is currently working for the U rnlrmy C:orlps
of Engineers, as the Kansas area en ironimental
compliancee specialist Duties include conducting
en.ironnijental assessments on projects in ransas
assisting ith emergency spills or co.ntaininant
incidents, and ser.lng as the Kansas area GIS
coordinator


ROBIN BRYANT BS 1995
Robin I Hunt Bryant is President of Ihlagnolia
,Consulting In. based in Falmetto FL M.lagnolia
Consulting specializes in inno..atb e agricultural
solutions for farmers, har esters and processors
of tree and rc' crops,





TOM DIEROLF MS 1986
In "Lugust 2'004 after ,o:rkring and raising a
family in Indonesia for 15 years Tomi returned to
the US to ',,.rk as a researcher and Co-
Representati e for Heifer International He is
cu-rrentlj an Appalachia Prograim Mlanager for
Heifer International He II es in Bre ard IC, ., ith
his r. o daughters and his ',.ife Kate



DEBBIE SEGAL BS 1983
Debbie is Senior Jetland Scientist and Ecology
Department manager at Jones Edmunds and
ssociates in Gaines ille Her duties include
en ironinental printing etland restorabton
design en.. ironnental inronitoring reporting and
document re.. ie.



JOE SULLIVAN BS 1999
Joe is a .etlandnd nd sol scientist for Jones
Ednmunds and sociates here in Gaines. lle His
job responsibilities are e.tensi e and include
' etland delineati:on.s etland restoration design
seaso:nal high ..ater determinations soil
characterizations and en ironinental permitting


Josh Boan BS 1997
Josh works as a State Wetland Programs
Admiinistrator and En ironmental Research
"-dmnistrator at the En ironmental r.lanaLgement
O:ffi:e of the Florida Department of Transportation






SHANNON CURTIS MS 2005
Shannon ., works as an En ironiinental :cientist
Ill ith the St Johns RI er Water managementt
District Dutles include de eloping bic.logCi.al
a;ssesnients for restoration projects and assisting
th assessments of Ildlife habitat and ad anced
data anal ysis



LAKEISHA HILL MS 2003
Laeis.ha ill be starting a ne' job in Florence
0Suth Carolina as a Soil ,Conser ationist for the
United States Departient of Agriculture l natural
Resource Conser action Ser i:e UESDJrjRCS






ALICIA STEINMETZ BS 1997
'licia is nemniplio ed by BCI Engineers and Scientists
Inc as an on-site consultant at the St Johns Ri er
vvater M lanagLement District She s1 currently
Working o:n projects for the LO ,er St Jo:hns Ri er
agricultural i onpoint Source 'ub-prograii as an
En.ironmnental Scientist III



TODD TIMKO BS 2000
Todd graduated from the UF ,"College of Dentistry
in 2005 ith a Docto.r of Dental Medicine degree
He iS, currently in Chicago. doing a residency in
Oral and [la illofacial Surger, at Loola Uni ersit.
Medical Center He ,..ll graduate in 200': as a
specialist in oral Surgery


CARRIE MINER MS 2001
h Carrie graduated i'..'Ith her Masters in 2001 and joined Peace Cor:ps- as a Sustainable ."grii:ulitre E tension Volunteer in
Senegal vvest "frica During her 2 1/2 year ser.Ice Carrie li.ed and .. o:rked in a rural illge- .. ith sistenance:- fariers
The major limitation to crop production is poor soil quality Her degree in osil and after scien.:e c.omplimenteid the
endea ors of the agriculture program as she orlked '.ith farmers to ir-plnement cultural p'rac:tices knco n to reduce soil
erosion and replenish scil nutrients and o:rgani: matter co.:ntent She intr:odLuced a green nianure c.rop interro:pping ith
legumies and -ai holes ia technique concentrating nutrientS directly in the plant r,,oo,.,t zone Carrie also e ,perinented ..ith a
rice farining technique to ilpro..e fieldss and worked ith the farmers to impllnement this technique in their fields During the
--- dry season arrivee enjoyed teaching lesso ,ns on health and the en ironient at 4 local ,C sho.ols eace Corps, as an
incredibly re ,.-arding cultural e perience as Carrie iwrn'iersed in the 10.:31al culture and becanIe fluent in the 1,,:al language
Although she as the extension agent C'arrie strongly belie es she gained as much orr more from her illagers Ha ..ing recently returned to the
states Carrie is looking fo:r the ne. t tep in her soil and after science career
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PHD GRADUATES


MARK BRUSSEAU PhD 1989
rhlark Brusseiau i L a professor in the 5il \,I Jater
and En iro:nmental Science Departiment and a joint
fault memi-inber o:f the Hydr.:ology and VVater
Res :Lirces Departwment at the Uni ersit, off
rinzona He dire-:t a research prog:ramn :n
contaminant fate and transport in soils ..atlers
and aquifers


ELISA D'ANGELO PhD 1998
Elisa is an Associate Professor, Department of
Plant and Soil Sciences. University of Kentucky.
Her research interest include erobi: and
ana-erabi.: .111:ro.bial ec-.:.:logy and Fate of
transf.orniaioni. of .organic and inorganic
pollutants bio:renriediation. and biogeo.:.cheirnstry :of
;,telands


LEWIS GASTON PhD 1987
Le-. i is an sistant Profess.:r of Soil Chennistrj
Agrono.in and En ironmiental Mlanageinent
Deipartnent Louaisana itate Uni ersit9 Baton
Rouige Louisiana He c.:ondu.:ts researc:h on the
effects of tillaie C:o r *:Crops and organic
amendiients on isustainable land use and aler
quaslit


LINDA LEE PhD 1993
Linda is Prrofes.:.r of En ironimental C'henmistr at
PuLrdue Uni erslt. Her current research prcoje-: t
include the fate o:.f pharinaceuticals iPCE i and
perflLiorinated .:o i po.unds in siils PCE-
containinated soil remeidialion and attenuation of
constiituents in fl ash leachate and benefi.:ial
usies of fly ash


SUE NEWMAN PhD 1991
Sue is a Senior Suiper iing En iro.:nirental
Scientist at the South Florida Jater Mlanag-eent
Diltrn:t he c :ondu:ts research on bigc'eoc:heii-.:al
pr'c:-esse to asoses hqdrologic and nutrient needs
of the E erglades as related to establishing the
phosphorus criterion for surface s ateris




WILLIAM PUCKETT PhD 1990
Bill is Deputy Chief for Soil Survey and Resource
Assessment for the Natural Resources
Conservation Service. His overall responsibility is for
the rlational Co:operali.e .:,il Sur e/ Program the
Irlalional Resources In enl:ori Progran- resource
a-;sesnieni and police / anal ;is Ihe agency, E
international programs and homeland securdil



JAMIE SANCHEZ PhD 2004
Jamine s c:urrentld working as a Research S:ientist
and Site MalnagLer of Pioneer Hbrid-DuPont
Agri:iultiure and l utrition .:ncoirpany in Puerto Ri.:c
Along ..ith o .ers-eeing the .:enter his duti-e
include condu: ting resear.:h studies, on soil and
crop manageiiment for nurseries seed production
and genetics impro.ement


TAIT CHIRENJE PhD 2000
Tail is Assistant Professor of En..ironjnental
Studies at The Richard Stt.ockton iCollege of ie :,
Jersey ...ith appoinntments in En ironmeintal
Studies and Chemistry His research focus is :.on
gLleo chemical c:haracteri zatio:n I Ios.tl trace
meitalis of streains lakes and br c. nields



ALI FARES PhD1996
0li is an associatee Professor in the Department of
jHstural Resources and En ironinental
ilanagement Uni ersitj of Ha aii-rlanoa He
co:nduc.lts resear: h on watershed iianagemiient
using a combination of e perimental theoretical
and nluerical i.modeling across a .'de range :of
temporal and spatial scales


TRAVIS HANSELMAN PHD 2003
Tra i is workingg as Research scientist for the
Pioneer Hybrid International in Johnstcon lC a on
their maize hybrid de elh:l.pment research teasi







KEVIN MOORHEAD PhD 1986
Kevin is Professor and Chair, Department of
En.ironmental Studies Uni ersitv of Ilorth
Caro.lina-s he ilIe His research includes
Landscape issues and resto:ratio:n soil properties
and processes, n wetlands He also teaches the
courses En ironiental Science En.. ircnmental
Restoration En ironinental Planning and Soils


KURT PENNELL PhD 1990
Curt is an ss.ociate Pro.fesr in Ci II and
En ironmnental Engineering Georgia Institute of
Technology His research includes physical
chemical and biological processes influencing the
fate and transport of contaminants in the
subsurface and in-situ remnediation technologies
and bil:remediation



BRAJ K. SINGH PhD 1990
BK is a Professor of Soil Science at Earth
University in Costa Rica. His research interests
include humric substances and plant nutrition sl..'
release ferlilizers precision agriculture and
database manaqemeni characierizalion of
medicinal plant e- Iracls for potential drugs farming
sjslems research and e-lension



KEN VAN REESE PhD 1989
Yen is a Professor in the Department of 'Soi
Science at Uni ersit/ of Saskatoon Canada His
current research areas include role :of hbrid poplar
plantations for farin di ersification and fibre for the
forest industry root dynamic: s o:f boreal forest
species and r.:oot de elo:pmrent fo:r reclaimed nine
spo: il


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FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS


AWARDS


Rao Mylavarapu was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and Vimala Nair
was promoted to Associate Professor. Congratulations to both of them for their
outstanding professional accomplishments.

Manhardeep Josan was awarded an "Outstanding International Student Award' by the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in April 2005.

Konstantinos Makris won the "2005 IFAS outstanding dissertation award" by the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Jeff Smith received best student poster presentation award at the 2005 national
meetings of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Ed Dunne received honorable mention
for his poster paper at the same meeting.


BEN SKULNICK MS 2002
Ben graduated from the SWSD in 2002 and was hired
as a Wetland Soil Scientist by Jones Edmunds &
Associates Inc. Ben enthusiastically and competently
performed many tasks including wetland delineations,
wetland restoration monitoring, hydric soil
assessments, environmental permitting, and GIS
mapping. On a sad note, Ben was struck by lightning
on Tuesday afternoon May 24, 2005 while conducting
hydric soil assessment in NE Florida. Ben remains in
a coma and has been transferred to the Kindred
Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. Ben has shown remarkable improvement but there is still a
very long and difficult road ahead. A web page (http://www.benskulnick.com) has been
established so his family and friends can check the bulletin board and monitor his
progress. Please keep Ben and his family in your thoughts and prayers.


SPRING AND SUMMER 2005
GRADUATED STUDENTS
Shannon Curtis MS ad.isor Redd,
Abiloe Faiga PhD Ad isor Ma
Patrick Inglett PhD ad..isor Redd'
loannis Ipsilanti. PhlD di-.sor OCgran-
Fula Jasrotia MS Ad.isor Ogram
Gina Vertulis PhD "d.isor Ma
John Leader PhC.D .Ad-.or Reddy
At.anu Mukherjee MS "d...sor rlair
Todd Osborne PhD Ad isor Reddy
Charles Trotnian MS "d.isor Clark
Ilker lU. PhD .Adis.or Ogram


NEW STUDENTS
inianda Abell MS Ad iior Moore
Jehangir Bhadha PhD, Ad..sor Ja. ilz
Sarah Chinault MS "d..isior 0 Connor
Christopher [iuerkei MS Ja. itz
Felly Fischler MS Ad isor Collins
Villianm Higgenbotham MS A.d.isor Li
John Yatsantonis MS "d...lsor He
Oin Lu PhD "d.isor He
Virandeep Mann PhD "d.isor Schumnann
Jennifer Marriott MS Ad isor Sic.kiman
Henry Mayer MS "d-i.sor Li
Rihard i udin MS "d.isor Li


KIMBERLY EPPS RECEIVES


FORD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP


We are proud to announce that Ms. Kimberly Epps, Ph.D. candidate in our
Department, has been awarded a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship in
support of her doctoral program. This fellowship, which is managed by the
National Academies, supports individuals with evidence of superior
academic achievement and who are committed to continuing that level of
excellence as scholars and teachers at the college and university level.
Kimberly received her B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College where she Kimberly Epps with one of the
was a research assistant in stellar system modeling. She followed this by owners (Agnaldo) of the
studying music at the Loyola University in New Orleans and the California property where she is doing
Kimberly in a cacao plantation Institute of the Arts, where she studied the violoncello while working for her chemical diversity
with her sampling crew Warner Bros. Records. The following four years were spent as a Middle research
School teacher in San Francisco before spending two years as an
agroforestry extension agent in Africa with the Peace Corps. Her Peace Corps experience confirmed her commitment to teaching, international
work and natural resource management. Upon her return she enrolled at the University of California-Davis where she received a MS in Soil
Science, while doing her research in Belize. She enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Florida under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas
Comerford, with the support of a UF Presidential Fellowship. Kimberly is currently in northeastern Brazil doing field work in the Atlantic Forest,
one of the well known biodiversity hotspots on the planet. While in Brazil, Kimberly is working closely with Dr. Quintino ArBujo of the Commissao
Executive do Piano da Lavoura Cacaueira (CEPLAC) and the Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz.



Open invitation to our alumni and friends
Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum
The Si-th "nnI31 Saol and VVater Science Research Forum is sCheduled for September 2, 2005 In Gaines..lle Florida The forum iS de..igned
to bring together repres.entati..es from state and federal agencies. pri,.ate industry faCulty and graduate students and prospe.ctl.e students
interested in s.oil and afterr science The forum i 1 ll provide an opportunity for all interested in soil and after science to interact ith our students
faculty and administrators on campus We look for, .ard to your participation in the forum If 'you are planning to attend please go to the folio ,,.ing
S.eb site and register h[tp //soI if3 ufl edulforuml For additional information please contact Pair Marlin peni@ufl edu


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