Extension: Water

Quantity and Quality, Management, and Technologies

UF/IFAS ABE water extension programs include expertise focused on water quantity, water quality, new technologies, water management, and irrigation. Programs include agricultural, natural system, and urban applications as well as alternative water sources.

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Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis
Assistant Professor
Precision Agriculture/Automation
i.ampatzidis@ufl.edu | Immokalee, FL

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in agriculture, real-time sensing, disease detection, variable-rate technology and GIS/GPS systems for site-specific management practices
  • Precision farming technologies, precision irrigation
  • Smart machines and systems in agriculture, Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and machine vision
  • Automation and robotics for specialty crops
  • Farm machinery, mechanization for specialty crops

Dr. Haimanote Bayabil
Assistant Professor
Water Resources

Dr. Eban Bean
Assistant Professor
Urban Hydrology

  • Educate engineers, developers, and regulators about effective ways to manage and mitigate volume and water quality impacts of urban stormwater
  • Provide tools to designers and creditors that facilitate effective protection of water quality and minimize flood risk impacts
  • Engage with development and stakeholder communities to create effective stormwater policies and regulations

Dr. Michael Dukes
Irrigation/Water Conservation
352-392-1864 ext. 205

  • Director of Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology
    Chair of UF IFAS Extension Water Initiative
  • General irrigation efficiency, sensor based irrigation control of landscape irrigation, and sensor based drip irrigation control on vegetable
  • Interacts with policy makers and utilities regarding irrigation; EPA WaterSense
  • Irrigation and fertility best management practices

Dr. Young Gu Her
Assistant Professor
Hydrology and Water Quality

  • Provide information helping stakeholders better prepare for the potential impacts of climate change and seawater level rise on hydrology and agriculture
  • Provide tools and information useful in identifying agricultural conservation (or best management) practices effective and applicable to cropping areas of Florida
  • Interacts with stakeholders including water management districts, agricultural extensions, farmers, and citizens to help them make more informed decisions about water and agricultural management practices

Dr. Pierce Jones
Professor and Director of Program for Resource Efficient Communities
Environmental Control Systems
piercejones@ufl.edu | 2295 Mowry Road

  • Director of Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC)
  • Works with utilities, community planners

Dr. Christopher Martinez
Associate Professor
Urban Water Resources
chrisjm@ufl.edu | ROG 279

  • Associated with Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology
  • Member of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) for Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin
  • Chair of the UF Extension Water School program – a program designed to help elected officials, local governments, and other decision makers address local water resource issues
  • Co-chair of the Florida Water and Climate Alliance – a group of cities, utilities, water management districts that integrate climate science into water resource decision making

Dr. Kati Migliaccio
Chair and Professor
Hydrology Monitoring and Modeling
352-392-1864 ext. 273
klwhite@ufl.edu | ROG 273

  • Agricultural and urban irrigation scheduling with drip and microsprinkler systems
  • Smartphone apps
  • General hydrology monitoring: weather data, soil water, groundwater

Dr. Sanjay Shukla
Watershed Hydrology
sshukla@ufl.edu | IFAS SWFREC

  • Ecosystem services, watersheds
  • Agricultural bed geometry