Environmentally Resilient, Resource-Efficient Land Use Cohort

Assistant Professor Geospatial Analytics

Land development decisions and their impacts on water and energy resources are critical to the resiliency and sustainability of Florida's urban, agricultural, and natural systems, and impact almost every UF/IFAS program. The goal of this cohort is to support research, extension, and teaching efforts to develop/adopt a systems approach to land use decision-making and management practices with the purpose of preserving Florida's water, energy, environmental, and financial resources. Simply stated, the focus of this cohort is on the systemic inter-connections between Florida's resources and land use decisions. The goal for this interdisciplinary cohort is to develop quantitatively-based analytical tools for practical application in land use decision-making in new developments as well as in the redevelopment of existing communities. The objective for the cohort is to measurably reduce the impacts of developments on Florida's resources. This cohort will draw upon the strengths of several different departments and address resource conservation in planning new developments and retrofitting existing communities, redeveloping existing communities, as well as understanding and maximizing efficiency in existing communities.

Description, Duties and Responsibilties

A 12-month tenure-accruing position that is 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), with joint appointments in the Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC), Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE), and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. Tenure will accrue in the SFRC. The research and extension FTE assignments may change in accordance with the needs of the units. The faculty member will use GIS, visualization technologies, geospatial analytics, remote sensing and other methodologies to quantify and visualize resource impacts associated with land-use decisions, community resiliency and sustainability and management of resources in mixed urban, rural and natural settings. In research, the faculty member will develop active, successful, nationally recognized and externally funded programs in the use of geospatial sciences to enhance community resilience and urban natural resource conservation. In extension, the emphasis will be on collaborating with land development, community management and natural resource professionals in both the public and private sectors to quantify impacts associated with specific land use patterns, land management plans and mixed-use community proposals. Outreach and research will be conducted to improve Florida's land and community planning processes, conserve Florida's natural resources and enhance communities' responses to disasters, climate change and resource use. The faculty member will be expected to teach one course each year.

This position is one of four in a cohort that will address issues related to environmentally resilient, resource efficient land use. These include expertise in: 1) This position; 2) Resource analytics focused on land use, water and energy; 3) Geospatial Analytics focused on resilient communities and natural resources; and 4) Urban soil and water quality. These four faculty members will have unique opportunities for developing interdisciplinary, collaborative projects and partnerships with faculty in CLCE and PREC as well as in the UF Informatics Institute, UF Water Institute, Florida Climate Institute, Center for Public Issues Education, and other interdisciplinary programs at the University of Florida. The purpose of this cohort is to assemble a core group of faculty who will develop proactive programs and scholarly approaches to support desirable changes in Florida communities. All four new faculty will work collaboratively to understand and affect the many facets of current and future issues related to sustaining Florida's land, water, energy and other natural resources. All of these positions include extension appointments that will actively engage the new faculty with county extension faculty, state and local government, nonprofits at every level, and business leaders as they conduct educational programs focused on solutions in Florida communities. Scholarly publications that test theories or determine variables that account for success would be expected.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.