Dr. Gurpal Toor

Associate Professor Dr. Gurpal Toor

Soil and Water Science
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
14625 County Road 672
Wimauma, FL 33598
Phone: (813)634-0000
Fax: (813)634-0001
gstoor@ufl.edu

Dr. Toor is an associate professor of environmental soil chemistry and water quality. His research focus is on investigating processes and mechanisms controlling the fate and transport of pollutants (nutrients, metals, pesticides, emerging contaminants) in urban landscapes and develop innovative management practices to minimize losses of pollutants to surface and sub-surface waters in urbanized and rapidly urbanizing watersheds.

Dr. Toor received his PhD in environmental soil science from Lincoln University in New Zealand and his post-doctoral training from University of Delaware.

Current Research

"Developing tools to attenuate emerging contaminants in onsite wastewater treatment systems"
2011-2015
Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Award Amount: $395,000
Principal Investigator: Gurpal Toor

"Fate and Disposition of Nitrogen from Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems in Shallow Florida Soils"
2012-2014
Funding Agency: Hazen and Sawyer Inc and Florida Department of Health
Award Amount: $90,000
Principal Investigator: Gurpal Toor

"Florida Onsite Sewage Nitrogen Reduction Strategies Study: Technology Evaluation, Characterization of Environmental Fate and Transport, and an Assessment of Costs"
2009–2014
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Health
Award Amount: $5,000,000
Co-Principal Investigator: Gurpal Toor

"Development of the IFAS Vegetation Mobile Mapping System (IVMMS) for the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Water Quality Applications"
2008–09
Funding Agency: UF/IFAS Office of the Dean, Research Innovation Fund
Award Amount: $49,940
Co-principal Investigator: Gurpal Toor

"Tracking Sources of Microbial Pathogens on Packinghouses to Ensure Food Safety of Florida Grown Tomatoes"
2008–09
Funding Agency: Florida Tomato Committee
Award Amount: $28,988
Principal Investigator: Gurpal Toor

"Developing Solutions to Manage Culls and Wastewater on Tomato Packinghouses"
2008–10
Funding Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Award Amount: $69,918
Principal Investigator: Gurpal Toor

"Linking Terrestrial Nutrients to Red Tide Incidences in the Tampa Bay: A Preliminary Investigation: A Preliminary Investigation "
2007–08
Funding Agency: UF/IFAS Office of the Dean, Research Innovation Fund
Award Amount: $49,912
Principal Investigator: Gurpal Toor

“Characterization of Organic Compounds in Nursery Reclaimed Water”
2007–08
Funding Agency: FNGLA, FNGLA Endowed Research Fund
Award Amount: $5,000
Principal Investigator: Gurpal Toor

Publications