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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering


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 - Precision Agriculture/Automation
    Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis
    Assistant Professor
    Precision Agriculture/Automation
    239-658-3451 | 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 - Water Resources

    Dr. Haimanote Bayabil
    Assistant Professor
    Water Resources

  • Dr. Eban Bean - Urban Hydrology

    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

    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 policymakers and utilities regarding irrigation; EPA WaterSense
    • Irrigation and fertility best management practices

  • Dr. Young Gu Her - Hydrology and Water Quality

    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 - Environmental Control Systems
    Dr. Pierce Jones
    Professor and Director of Program for Resource Efficient Communities
    Environmental Control Systems
    352-392-8074 | 2295 Mowry Road
    • Director of Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC)
    • Works with utilities, community planners

  • Dr. Christopher Martinez - Urban Water Resources

    Dr. Christopher Martinez
    Associate Professor
    Urban Water Resources
    352-392-1864 | ROG 279

    • Associated with the 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. Vivek Sharma - Precision Water Management

    Dr. Vivek Sharma
    Assistant Professor
    Precision Water Management

    • Precision water management
    • Crop water use/ Evapotranspiration
    • Crop water productivity
    • Impact of integrated water and fertilizer management practices on ground and surface water quality.
    • Impact of climatic variability/change on crop water productivity
    • Application of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for greater understanding and decision making in agricultural sustainability and water resources
    • Collaborate, provide leadership and development of educational programs on water conservation, irrigation, water quality, and related issues
  • Dr. Sanjay Shukla - Watershed Hydrology

    Dr. Sanjay Shukla
    Watershed Hydrology
    239-658-3425 | IFAS SWFREC

    • Ecosystem services, watersheds
    • Agricultural bed geometry