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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Haimanote Bayabil (ሃይማኖት ባያብል) 

Assistant Professor, Water Resources

Dr. Haimanote Bayabil is an Assistant Professor of Water Resources in the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He conducts his research and extension program at the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead, Florida. Dr. Bayabil holds a Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University with specializations in hydrology, and soil and water management.

His previous research has focused on topics that include irrigation scheduling; hydrologic and water quality modeling; field monitoring and modeling of hillslope runoff and erosion processes, and soil moisture dynamics; evaluating and developing best land and water management practices; climate change impact modeling; and greenhouse gas flux monitoring.

Dr. Bayabil’s research and extension program at UF/IFAS TREC primarily focuses on developing practical and sustainable water management practices that conserve freshwater resources while at the same time enhancing plant yield and water quality.

Contact Information 


Tropical Research and Education Center

Mailing Address:
18905 SW 280th St.
Homestead, FL 33031-3314


  • Research

    Departmental Research Areas:

    • Land and Water Resources Engineering

    Research Focus:

    • Application of smart technologies (e.g., UAVs and sensors) in agriculture
    • Improving water use efficiency of urban and agricultural areas through the use of innovative technologies and practices
    • Assessing the impact of climate change on crop water requirements and water resources
    • Assessing the effects of land and water management practices on water quality and quantity using field observations and model simulations
    • Integrating field observations with remotely sensed data to understand soil moisture and evapotranspiration dynamics, crop water stress for different cropping and management systems
    • Understanding hillslope biophysical processes (e.g., runoff, erosion, nutrients, etc.) at plot, field, and watershed scales through modeling and field observations.
  • Education
    • Ph.D. Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2015
  • Publications
  • Awards and Honors
    • Outstanding Young Extension Worker Award, Florida Section American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2021

    • Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Florida Section American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2020

    • Fellow, The Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) Fellowship, 2011

    • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineer
    • Alpha Epsilon Honor Society