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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering


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Climate Resilience Engineer

Assistant Professor

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), and 30% Extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This position is within the Center for Land Use Efficiency (CLUE) in IFAS. As such, this faculty member will work in partnership with other faculty members in CLUE and with stakeholders on climate resilience topics. The individual will work closely with the Center for Land Use Efficiency faculty, colleagues in Gainesville, and Research and Education Centers to develop a competitive research and Extension program.

The effects of climate change on agriculture and natural resources, including water, land, and soil, are major concerns in Florida and globally. The frequency and intensity of extreme events such as heavy storms, flooding, hurricanes, and drought are expected to increase under projected future climate. Agricultural productivity and natural resources can be degraded by the unfavorable sequences from these weather events, leading to substantial losses in crop production, soil, nutrients, and fertilizers in agricultural fields, pollutant loading to water bodies, and subsequent water quality issues. In addition, many urban or urbanizing areas are grappling with the effects of climate change. The faculty member will improve the climate resilience of Florida by assessing, monitoring, and predicting the current and potential climate change impacts on natural resources, urbanizing land use and agriculture of the State of Florida and developing mitigation and adaptation strategies. Research findings are expected to also have global relevance. The faculty member will use a broad range of approaches to create solutions for improved climate resilience; proven expertise and research products in hydroclimate, mechanistic and statistical modeling, in-field and remote-sensing monitoring, and water and soil resources engineering are required.


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