Environmentally Resilient, Resource-Efficient Land Use Cohort

Assistant Professor in Urban Water Resource Engineering

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

This 12-month tenure-accruing position is 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 60% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), with joint appointments in the Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC) and the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE) and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. Tenure will accrue in ABE. The research and extension FTE assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the units. Duties will include developing active, successful, nationally recognized and externally funded research and extension programs in the area of urban water resources such as a) quantifying the effect of development and management practices on surface and subsurface hydrology including effects of soil compaction, use of fill soil, stormwater conveyance technique and dispersed vs. consolidated stormwater infrastructure, b) verifying and quantifying benefits of alternative and innovative approaches to stormwater design and management such as Low Impact Design practices to enhance understanding and foster implementation of green infrastructure (e.g. green roofs, bioswales, etc.), c) evaluating wastewater and stormwater reuse options to determine hydrologic benefits and potential unintended impacts, d) determining best strategies to modify or retrofit existing stormwater infrastructure draining to tide where sea-level rise will make volume management increasingly difficult in the future, and e) using urban stormwater and system models as applicable to address urban water resources issues and determine realistic outcomes in regards to water resources. Outreach will engage county faculty, decision makers, and clientele such as the building and development community to quantify the effect of urbanization on hydrology and present research based strategies for mitigation of the effect of urbanization. Research and extension scholarly publications in refereed journals are expected. The faculty member is expected to embrace all three missions of the Land-grant university system and 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.