Through February 1, 2020
The University of Florida Water Institute and Duke Energy partner to host the 7th biennial UF Water Institute Symposium. The Symposium will bring together individuals from a broad range of disciplines and organizations to explore complex water challenges from multiple perspectives. The 2020 Symposium will focus on innovative science, technology, cultural, policy, and management solutions to the following pressing issues:
The Planning Committee encourages presentations that consider influences across a full range of spatial and temporal scales; present innovative analytical methods, technologies, monitoring, and modeling approaches, and focus on public perceptions, science communication, education, and stakeholder engagement.
We are pleased to announce keynote speakers, Dr. Bryan Brooks and Dr. Hans Paerl, who will bring a global perspective to the Symposium’s focus themes of water quality, harmful algae bloom and climate change.
Dr. Bryan Brooks is a Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies and Director of Environmental Health Science Program at Baylor University. Dr. Brooks' transdisciplinary research interests focus on understanding and managing anthropogenic activities and stressors on both human and ecosystem health. Dr. Brooks and his team work nationally and internationally on water quality, environmental contaminants and sustainability issues, particularly related to rapidly urbanizing regions. Among many other recognitions, Dr. Brooks is Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Management and was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in 2018.
Dr. Hans Paerl is Distinguished Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences. Dr. Paerl’s expertise is in nutrient cycling, eutrophication and harmful algae blooms, with emphasis on human and climate driven change. As one of the world's leading authorities on coastal HABs, Dr. Paerl has worked with numerous private and public lake and coastal managers and waterfront owners in search of solutions to their HAB problems, with extensive global experience that includes work in the US, China and Europe. Dr. Paerl received the 2003 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and the 2011 Odum Award from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation for addressing the causes, consequences and controls of eutrophication in aquatic ecosystems. In December, 2015, he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
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