Title: Water Institute progress report
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June 2006-May 2009


Florida's burgeoning human population and vulnerability to both climatological and
anthropogenic changes in the water cycle make the State a unique living laboratory to develop
new knowledge and test solutions to global water problems. In recognition of the importance of
water issues, and the need to address them in a new interdisciplinary manner, the University of
Florida (UF) established a campus-wide interdisciplinary Water Institute in May 2006.

1.1 Mission
The UF Water Institute brings together talent from throughout the University to address complex
water issues through innovative interdisciplinary research, education, and public outreach

1.2 Vision
Interdisciplinary UF Water Institute Teams, comprised of leading water researchers, educators
and students, develop new scientific breakthroughs; creative engineering; policy and legal
solutions; and pioneering educational programs that are renowned for addressing state, national,
and global water problems.

1.3 Values
Partnerships: The Water Institute recognizes the importance of developing strong inclusive
partnerships among Water Institute Affiliate Faculty, and with external stakeholders, to identify
and prioritize critical water issues requiring interdisciplinary expertise.
Expertise: The Water Institute is committed to developing the basic knowledge, practical
experience, and infrastructure required to respond to stakeholders' emerging water issues.
Excellence: The Water Institute is committed to provide excellent interdisciplinary water-related
research, education and outreach programs that are recognized within the state of Florida, the
nation and the world.
Respect: The Water Institute provides services that acknowledge and respect the expertise of all
Water Institute Affiliate Faculty; it also recognizes the personal values, cultures, and
socioeconomic context of its diverse external stakeholders.

1.4 Goals
The overarching goals of Water Institute research, education/outreach programs are to:

Improve basic knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological processes in aquatic
systems (rivers, lakes, oceans, estuaries, wetlands, soil and ground waters).
Enhance understanding of the interactions and interrelationships between human attitudes
and activities, and aquatic systems.
Develop and promote the adoption of improved methodologies for water management
and policy (including quantity, quality and ecosystem services) based on a foundation of
science, engineering, management and law.


The following interdisciplinary education/outreach programs have been developed by the UF
Water Institute. These programs provide interdisciplinary venues to develop and share new
knowledge, and to develop and encourage the implementation of new technology and policy
solutions for water issues. These programs also develop partnerships with external stakeholders
that help to identify and prioritize critical water issues requiring interdisciplinary expertise; as
well as to provide expertise and support for addressing these issues.

2.1 Biennial UF Water Institute Symposium: sponsored by Progress Energy.
The inaugural Water Institute Symposium held in Gainesville Feb 27-28, 2008 brought together
450 scientists, engineers, academics, policy makers, water managers, industry representatives,
lawyers, students and members of the public to consider the relationships among challenges to
water resources sustainability, explore solutions for pressing issues and provide broad based
recommendations for research, education, technology and policies to ensure water resources
sustainability for Florida and beyond.

Over 180 contributed oral and poster presentations were presented by faculty graduate students,
consultants and state and federal agency scientists in Florida. A group of nationally and
internationally recognized invited speakers from academia, federal agencies, and policy "think-
tanks" participated in the opening plenary session of the symposium. The symposium concluded
with a panel, comprised of the Executive Directors of each of the Water Management Districts
and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that focused on current
Florida policies and programs and future research and education needs. A graduate student
poster competition was held and 4 awards totaling $3000 were made to support graduate student
travel to a national/international meeting to present their work. For Symposium agenda see

An on-line evaluation of the Symposium showed that:

* 99% of participants agreed (34%) or strongly agreed (64%) that the theme of the Symposium
and the content of the sessions were timely, appropriate and informative.
* 88% of participants rated the symposium as very good (64%) or among the best (24%) they
have attended
* 98% of participants plan to attend a UF Water Institute Symposium again
* 98% of participants would like to see the UF Water Institute host a Symposium similar to this
either one once per year or once every two years.

The 2nd Water Institute Symposium will be held February 24-26, 2010 at the Hilton
University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, Florida. The theme of the
symposium will be Sustainable Water Resources: Complex Challenges, Integrated

2.2 UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series: Sponsored by the
Smallwood Foundation
This annual seminar series, initiated in Fall 2007, invites high profile scholars to UF on a
monthly basis to: conduct a general Water Institute seminar that will be of interest to a broad
audience; meet with the Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee to discuss strategic
planning and partnering opportunities; and meet with interested Water Institute faculty to discuss
specific research/education issues. Each scholar is also asked to serve on the External Council of
Advisors for the Water Institute for a 12 month period following his/her visit. For a list of the
2007-08 and 2008-09 Seminar Series Scholars, see
http://waterinstitute.ufl.edu/events/seminars.html. Recruitment is currently on-going for the
2009-10 speakers.

2.3 Interdisciplinary Workshops and Expert Panels

Periodic interdisciplinary workshops and expert panels are hosted to develop partnerships
between and among UF Water Institute Faculty, external academics and external stakeholders to
identify and prioritize critical water issues requiring interdisciplinary expertise; as well as to
provide expertise and support for addressing these issues.

July 16-20 2007: The Water Institute hosted a week-long Agricultural Knowledge Initiative
Research Planning Workshop to kick off the USDA/ICAR Sustainable Water Resource
Management: U.S. Collaborative Research and Education Project. The workshop included
facilitated discussions and field trips and provided an opportunity for the detailed planning of the
funded research projects which will be conducted in India. Six participants from three Indian
Partner institutions, one participant from North Carolina A&T, and eleven participants from UF
attended the workshop. Sponsored by USDA.

August 21, 2007: The Water Institute hosted a one-day Springs Nutrient Workshop with about
70 faculty members, state and local scientists, organizers, managers, regulators and policy
experts. The workshop included synthesis presentations on the state of knowledge regarding
sources, transformations, sinks and ecological impacts of nutrients in springs, as well as
facilitated break out sessions to discuss information gaps and research needed to address these
gaps. Sponsored by FDEP.

September 12 2007: The Water Institute hosted a one day Hydrologic Information Systems
Workshop to assist the government of Australia in exploring how hydrologic databases and
integrated modeling tools can be used to manage water movement and accounting on a large
regional scale. Representatives from the three largest Florida Water Management Districts,
USGS, the Australian Meterologic Bureau, the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Land and Water Division, University of Florida, and
University of Texas Austin participated in the meeting. Sponsored by the UF Water Institute

November 15-16 2007: The Water Institute hosted a free half-day instructional seminar on the
use of ArcHydro for water resource management applications. This seminar is open to UF
faculty, students, consulting firms, and Water Management District employees. A one-day
symposium to present the state of practice for the use of ArcHydro in Florida followed. The

purpose of these meetings was to share information about hydrologic data management and tool
development for water research, education, decision-making, visualization and modeling efforts
in Florida. Sponsored by the UF Water Institute.

November 29, 2007: The Water Institute hosted a one-day Open Modeling Interface (OpenMI)
working group meeting between UF Faculty and OPEN-MI Developer and Principal Investigator
Dr. Roger Moore from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK. The purpose of
these meetings was to inform UF Faculty of the OpenMI standard for linking hydrologic and
ecologic models, and encourage participation in this international effort. The Open-MI standard
is a software component interface definition for the computational core (the engine) of the
computational models in the water domain. Sponsored by the UF Water Institute.

November 30, 2007: The Water Institute hosted a one-day Water Conservation Research
Planning Workshop to review the status of Florida water conservation research programs
and develop a prioritized Water Conservation Research Agenda to support public water
supply utilities and water managers in developing effective and efficient water
conservation programs. The workshop was developed in collaboration with the Conserve
Florida Group (a consortium of representatives from FDEP, all 5 Water Management
Districts, Florida Water Utilities, and UF) and other interested UF Faculty. Sponsored by
Conserve Florida Water.

September 4, 2008: Coordinated panel discussion on Water and Social Equity at the Ham
Museum in conjunction with Ham "Water as Metaphor for Identity" exhibition and the UF
Common Reading Program "When Rivers Run Dry" Sponsored by the Water Institute

September 17-18, 2008: Coordinated and hosted 2 day workshop of national experts on
the Environmental Effects of Withdrawals from the St. Johns River.

June -September 2008: Coordinated state-wide peer review of the Florida Section of the
American Water Works Association Florida 2030 Water Supply Infrastructure Vision
Documents. Sponsored by the Century Commission in preparation for the Governor's
Water Summit. See
http://waterinstitute.ufl.edu/research/downloads/fl 2030 review synthesis final.pdf for a
copy of the review.

August 2008 -April 2009: Coordinated national peer review of the Watershed
Assessment Model. Sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services, Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, South Florida Water
Management District, St. Johns River Water Management District.

May 2009: Coordinated state-wide peer review of the St. Johns River Water Management
District's Water Conservation Program. Sponsored by St. Johns River Water Management

2.4 Administration of the Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster

The UF academic cluster for graduate studies in Hydrologic Sciences (HSAC) was established in
1993 as a unique interdisciplinary program designed to broaden the skills of science and
engineering students who are interested in all aspects of water; i.e., occurrence and quantity,
distribution, circulation, quality, and management/policy. Currently 48 faculty members and 24
graduate students from 10 departments and 3 colleges participate in the HSAC. Since 1993 120
M.S. and Ph. D. students have graduated from the program.

As recommended by the UF Faculty Water Institute Launch Team, the Water Institute provides
administrative services to the HSAC including re-developing and maintaining the HSAC website
and developing and maintaining an on-line database for the HSAC student, faculty and meeting
records. In addition The UF Water Institute Director serves as a permanent voting member on
the Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster Faculty Coordinating Committee.

2.5 Smallwood Student Intern Program

A 2008-09 gift from the Smallwood Foundation helped to support undergraduate and graduate
student interns to work on interdisciplinary Water Institute projects. As team members, these
students conduct an individual project that contributes to the overall effort, while learning about
the process of interdisciplinary scientific research, collaboration and scholarship. Five interns are
currently participating in this program. See http://www.waterinstitute.ufl.edu/people/inters.html
for project details.


The following interdisciplinary research programs have been developed by the UF Water
Institute faculty and staff. These programs bring together interdisciplinary teams of faculty and
students to provide the knowledge base for, and to develop new technology and policy solutions
for state, national and global water issues.

3.1 Externally Funded Water Institute Projects

3.1.1 Water Institute Directed Projects ($4.42 Million)
Cooperative Graduate Research Assistantships in Critical Water Resources Areas for South
Florida, South Florida Water Management District/Florida Water Resources Research
Center, $240K, Mar 2006- Mar 2009.
Collaborative Research: Controls on Delivery and Fate of Water, Nitrogen and Calcium in
a Spring-Fed Karst River, National Science Foundation, $325K, Mar 2009- Mar 2012
Collaborative Research: High Resolution Sensor Networks for Quantifying and Predicting
Surface-Groundwater Mixing and Nutrient Delivery in the Santa Fe River, Florida,
National Science Foundation, $456K, June 2009-June 2012 (recommended for funding)
Demonstration of Water Quality Best Management Practices for Beef Cattle Ranching in
the Lake Okeechobee Basin Florida Department of Environmental Protection, $1.568
Million, Sep 2002-dec 2009.

Evaluation of Cow-Calf BMPs with regards to nutrient discharges in the Lake Okeechobee
Basin, $140K, July 2008-June 2009.
Evaluation of Hydrologic Data within the Upper Suwannee River and Santa Fe
River Basins, St. Johns River Water Management District, $40K, March 2009-
September 2009.
India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative, U.S. Department of Agriculture, $90K, Aug 2006-
Jul 2010.
Peer Review of the Watershed Assessment Model, Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services, $100K, July 2008-June 2009.
Peer Review of Water Conservation Program Plan, St. Johns River Water
Management District, $17K, March 2009-September 2009.
Suwannee River Hydrologic Observatory, National Science Foundation, $360K, Dec 2006-
Nov 2009.
Technical Symposium on Water Withdrawals, St. Johns River Water Management
District, $40K, April 2008-September 2008.
Technical Symposium Workshop: 2nd Annual St. Johns River Water Supply Impact
Study, St. Johns River Water Management District, $45K, April 2009-September
Use of Seasonal Climate Forecasts to Reduce Risk in Regional Public Water Supply
Management in the Tampa Metropolitan Region, Tampa Bay Water, $175K, Apr 2007 -
Mar 2010.
Use of Intra-seasonal and Seasonal Forecasts to Reduce Risk in Regional Public Water
Supply Management, NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), $300K,
October 2008-October 2010
Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series, Smallwood Foundation, $67K, April
2007-April 2010.
Water Institute Water Systems Collaboratory, Florida Legislative Budget Request, $500K,
July 2007-June 2008.

3.1.2 Water Institute Assisted Projects ($2.44 Million)
Conserve Florida Clearinghouse. J. Heaney P.I. (Environmental Engineering Sciences),
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, $925K, Apr 2006- Apr 2009.
Development of a Dynamic Decision Support System (D2S2) for Water Supply Planning.
J. Jawitz P.I. (Soil and Water Science), American Water Works Association Research
Foundation/Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department, $110K, Jan 2007 to Jan 2010.
Environmental Effects of Water Withdrawals from the St. Johns River: Expert
Assistance, Ramesh Reddy P.I. (Soil and Water Science), St. Johns River Water
Management District, $60K, 2008.
Jon Martin and Liz Screaton's new NSF project, 2009 (recommended for funding)
Reducing nonpoint source loss of nitrate with in the Santa Fe Basin. M. Clark P.I. (Soil
and Water Science). Florida Department of Environmental Protection, $240K, Apr 2007-
Oct 2009.
Remote sensing meets ecological modeling meets Global Uncertainty Analysis meets
socio-economic institutions, Jane Southworth -PI (Geography), $875K, May 2009-May

*Summary and Synthesis of the Available Literature on the Effects of Nutrients on Spring
Organisms and Systems. M. Brown P.I. (Environmental Engineering), Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, $227K, Apr 2007 Apr 2008.

3.1.3 Water Institute Faculty Projects ($72 million)

Faculty affiliated with the Water Institute have brought in $72 Million in externally funded
projects over the last three years (i.e. since the inception of the Water Institute). These projects
are compiled in a web-accessible database that can be searched by investigator, department,
keyword, title, date and/or funding agency (see
http ://ees-his06.ad.ufl. edu/SearchFundedProj ects/)

3.1.4 Water Institute Proposals Pending
Collaborative Research: Spatio-temporal distribution of terrestrial water storage at
watershed scales by merging models and observations, National Science
Foundation, $265K, Level 2.
Collaborative Research: Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport in a Shallow
Hypersaline Estuary, National Science Foundation, $366K, Level 4.
Collaborative Research: Cyber-Enabled Integration and Conflict
Resolution-Reconciling Science, Systems and Systainability (S3) in Regional
Watersheds. National Science Foundation, $549K, Level 3.
Collaborative Research: Transport of 14C-Labeled Solubilized Carbon Nanotubes
in Natural Soils, National Science Foundation, $233K, Level 4.
Circulation in Fringing Reef Lagoons drive by Wind-Waves. National Science
Foundation, $552K, Level 2.
Evaluation of Pre-Treatment Techniques and Operational Schemes for Controlling
Arsenic Mobilization during Artificial Recharge (AR) and Aquifer Storage and
Recovery (ASR)", $150K, Level 4.
Photocatalytic process with commercial potential for indoor air purification, $281K,
Level 4.
3.1.5 Additional Water Institute Proposals Submitted
A Critical Zone Observatory for Humid, Warm, Low-Relief Watersheds (Santa Fe River
Basin, FL), NSF, $4.25Million.
Center for Climate Technology and Preparedness, 2008 Center of Excellence
Proposal, being submitted jointly to the Florida Board of Governors through Florida
State University, $15Million total, $7.5Million to UF, approximately $1Million to
Water Institute.
Climate Prediction Applications Postdoctoral Program, NOAA/Tampa Bay Water,
Collaborative Program in Biological Control of Coral Bacterial Diseases, Smallwood
Foundation, $46K.
Collaborative Exchange between the Universities of Montpellier and Florida: Water
Resources of Carbonate Aquifers, The French-American Fund for University Partnerships,

Effect Of Bacterial Motility On E.Coli Surface Transport In Runoff Through Dense
Vegetation, USDA National Research Initiative, $370K
Impact of Dissolved Organic Matter on Colloid Transport in the Vadose Zone,
USDA National Research Initiative, $400K
Influence of Hydrologic Variability on Carbon Processing and Fluxes in an Organic
Carbon and Carbonate Rich Watershed, Suwannee River Florida, NSF, $600K.
Integrated Springshed Management: Improving Water Quality By Linking Land Use,
Hydrologic And Socioeconomic Factors USDA/CSREES, $600K.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Fellowships in Water Resources and Annual Lecture
Series, Smallwood Foundation, $200K.
Predicting Responses of Aquatic Plants and Apple Snails to Global Change and
Altered Land Use, USEPA, $600K.
Solutions for Water Resources Sustainability, 2008 Florida Legislative Budget Request
$1.5 Million.
Red Tide Research: Protecting Florida's Water Supplies, 2009 US Congressional Budget
Earmark, $6Million.
Science and Technology Center: Water Science for Sustainable Societies, National
Science Foundation, $25Million.
Socio-Economic And Hydrological Effects Of Stormwater Impoundments As
Alternative Water Supply Sources In The Caloosahatchee River Watershed, Florida,
USDA National Research Initiative, $400K
Water Institute Core Labs and Post-Doctoral Researcher Program, 2008 US
Congressional Budget Earmark, $5Million.
Water Resources of Carbonate Aquifers: A collaborative exchange between the
Universities of Montpellier (France) and UF, The French-American Fund for University
Partnerships, $55K.

3.2 2007 Water Institute Program Initiation Fund Awards (Total Awards = $195K)
The following awards were made under the first Program Initiation Fund (PIF) Competition in
March 2007:
Protecting Florida's Water Quality: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to
Implementation of Low Impact Development (LID) Practices. Mark W. Clark PI
(Soil and Water Science), Tom R. Ankerson (Conservation Clinic, Levin College
of Law), Pierce H. Jones (Agricultural and Biological Engineering), Barbra C.
Larson (Environmental Horticulture).
A Framework for Assessing The Hydrologic Footprint of Large-scale Biofuel
Production Matt Cohen PI (School of Forest Resources and Conservation),
Mark T. Brown (Center for Wetlands, Environmental Engineering Sciences),
Angela Lindner (Environmental Engineering Sciences).
Environmental Consequences of Nutrients and Organic Matter Injection into
Carbonate Aquifers; Implications for Water Quality in Aquifer Storage and
Recovery (ASR) Technology. Andrew R. Zimmerman PI (Geological Sciences),
Jean-Claude Bonzongo (Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences),
Willie Harris (Soil and Water Science).

Sediment Transport through Tidal Inlets During Extreme Forcing: Erosion or
Accretion? Arnoldo Valle-Levinson PI (Civil and Coastal Engineering), John M.
Yeager (Geological Sciences), Tian-Jian Hsu (Civil and Coastal Engineering),
Alexandru Sheremet (Civil and Coastal Engineering).
Coupling of Advanced Oxidation and Adsorption Processes onto Silica-Titania
Composites for Low Level Capture of Metals from Water Effluents. David W.
Mazyck PI (Environmental Engineering Sciences), Jean-Claude Bonzongo
(Environmental Engineering Sciences), Lena Q. Ma (Soil and Water Science).
Water, Gender and Equity in India. Whitney Sanford PI (Religion), Anita
Anantharam (Women's Studies), Vasudha Narayanan (Center for the Study of
Hindu Traditions, Religion).

Deliverables from projects include 5 journal articles, 1 white paper, and 8 proposals
(submitted through the Water Institute) for externally funded research projects. For a
final report on these projects see

During academic year 2008-09, the Water Institute hosted a PIF "Munch Bunch"
Presentation/Discussion Series to share the results of the 2007 PIF projects that have been
completed. This provided an opportunity for the WI network to meet the 2007 PIF faculty,
discuss the PIF activities, results and future potential, and to contribute to the UF Water Institute
PIF strategic initiatives for 2008 and beyond.

3.3 2009 Water Institute Program Initiation Fund Awards

Goals: The specific goals of the 2009 Program Initiation Fund are to develop the theoretical
underpinnings, preliminary data and methodological specificity needed to develop compelling,
nationally-competitive interdisciplinary proposals for RFPs such as the recent NSF calls for
interdisciplinary proposals related to Environment, Society and the Economy (ESE), Multi-Scale
Modeling (MSM) or Emerging Topics in Biogeochemical Cycles (ETBC). Recent experience on
NSF review panels indicates that successful proposals must present a compelling specific
interdisciplinary challenge; propose a theoretical framework that underpins the approach to
addressing the challenge, collect new (or synthesize existing) data in support of the integrated
research; and analyze or model the data using well-specified state of the art approaches; and
advance the science in at least two disciplines (i.e. be publishable in the leading journals of those
disciplines) as well as advancing the integrated solution of the specified problem.

Review Process: Proposals were reviewed by an internal Water Institute faculty panel. There
were many innovative ideas presented in the proposals that were synergistic with each other and
ripe for integration and development into externally funded projects. The review panel
recommended that the Water Institute award seed funding to several teams to develop full
proposals for external funding, rather than fund a smaller number of full projects.

Strategy: The Water Institute plans to facilitate a process that cross-pollinates the promising
ideas presented in the PIF proposals and creates interdisciplinary working groups to develop

successful proposals for external national-level funding. Three proposal groups consisting of 12
faculty members from 4 colleges were invited to participate in this process. Issues that these
teams will focus on include surface water withdrawals in the Ocklawaha or St. Johns River
Basin; development and implementation of springs management plans, and water allocation
issues in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basins.

The Water Institute proposes to help to develop the proposed interdisciplinary working groups
based on the concept of "communities of practice". Dr. Etienne Wenger is an educational theorist
and practitioner who developed this concept. According to his web-site "communities of practice
are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of
human endeavor.... In a nutshell: Communities of practice are groups of people who share a
concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact

Dr. Wenger visited UF on May 4-5 to give a general seminar (2pm May 4th in 209 Emerson
Hall) and facilitate a 1-day workshop on May 5th launching the 2009 PIF Interdisciplinary
Working Groups. As a result of the workshop each proposal group agreed to

Commit as a PIF research award recipient to engage actively in developing and
participating in the PIF Community of Practice oriented toward developing integrated
interdisciplinary research programs focused on interactions among social, political,
hydrologic and ecologic water issues.
Be flexible and contribute as appropriate to link their specific research expertise and
experience with others in different disciplines and different proposal groups as
Commit to develop an integrated proposal for an interdisciplinary project to programs
such as the NSF Environment, Society and the Economy (ESE), Emerging Topics in
Biogeochemical Cycles (ETBC) of Multi-Scale Modeling (MSM) RFPs before December


Conducted on-Campus Meetings with 30 diverse on-campus groups including
faculty from CLAS, CALS, COE, COB, CDCP, Law, and Vet Medicine during
June 2006-July 2007
Conducted 66 meetings with External Stakeholders including state, national and
international cooperators and funding agencies during June 2006-July 2007
Taught CWR 6536, Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology, 11 students, Fall 2006
Major Advisor for 2 Ph. D. students
Member of Search Committee for Dean of the Graduate School, Fall 2006
Member of Search Committee for Assistant Professor for Urban Water Resources, ABE
Dept., Fall 2006-Spring 2007
Invited Presentation to the National Research Council Water Science and Technology
Board on the Water Implications of Biofuels, July 12, 2007.
Invited Speaker at the National meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, July
22, 2007.

* Invited seminar at the SouthWest Florida Water Management District, July 25, 2007.
* Invited speaker at the Jacksonville Rotary Club, September 10, 2007.
* Invited speaker for the University of Florida "Florida Tomorrow" Campaign Kick-Off,
September 28, 2007.
* Invited Panelist on Water Management Implications of Climate Change for Florida
Legislature Energy and Environment & Natural Resource Committees, November 6th
* Member of Advisory Committee, Collaborative Large-Scale Engineering Analysis
Network for Environmental Research, 2005-2007.
* Invited seminar Oak Hammock Institute for Learning in Retirement, April 1, 2008
* Invited Panelist, Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station Environmental
Lab Peer Review Panel, May 2008.
* Invited Speaker, Urban Land Institute, Jacksonville Florida, September 2008.
* Invited Delegate to the Century Commission Florida Water Congress, September 2008.
* Invited Speaker for the University of Florida Foundation Fall Board Meeting, October
* Invited seminar at the University of South Florida, October 2008.
* Invited Speaker for United Nations Association Gainesville Chapter United Nations Day,
October 2008.
* Invited Speaker of Particle Energy Research Center Advisory Committee Meeting,
November 2008.
* Invited Speaker at the Colorado School of Mines, Boulder CO, January 2009.
* Invited Speaker, University of Florida Section of Sigma Xi Annual Banquet, Gainesville
Florida, April 2009
* Invited Speaker, Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens Georgia, April 2009
* Invited Speaker, American Society of Irrigation Consultants, St. Augustine Florida, May
* Invited Speaker, SouthWest Florida Water Management District Industrial and Public
Water Supply Advisory Committees, Tampa Florida, July 2009
* Invited Speaker, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, Naples Florida, July 2009
* Member of Board of Directors, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of
Hydrologic Sciences, 2003-2008; Chair 2005-2006, Past-Chair 2007.
* Member of WATer and Environmental Research Systems Network (WATERS Network)
Design Team, 2006-2008.
* Member of NSF Peer Review Panel for Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation
Program, February 2009.
* Member of National Research Council's Committee on Independent Scientific Review of
Everglades Restoration Progress (CISRERP), 2009-present

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