Media Advisory

UF experts on Wetlands Conservation

The following University of Florida researchers are available to speak to reporters on a range of topics related to wetlands conservation.

Christine Angelini, assistant professor, School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, UF Wertheim College of Engineering

Research areas: Biodiversity, climate change, community ecology, food web, marine biology

Research focus: Understanding the organization and resilience of natural systems, coastal ecosystem dynamics | (352) 294-7815

Mark Clark, associate professor of wetland ecology, UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department

Research areas: Soil quality/ecosystem services, soil/landscape analysis, wetlands and aquatic systems

Research focus: Wetland nutrient assimilation and storage processes, ecological engineering design using wetland processes to improve water quality and enhance ecological function of altered landscapes | (352) 294-3115


Matthew J. Cohen, professor of forest resources and hydrology, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Research areas: Watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry with an emphasis on wetland processes

Research focus: Wetland systems, large-area soil and water assessment technologies, watershed management in the Suwannee River basin, North Florida and the Florida Everglades | (352) 846-3490

Matthew J. Deitch, assistant professor or watershed management, UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department

Research areas: Wetlands and aquatic ecosystems, landscape analysis and modeling

Research focus: Causes, effects and prevention of surface water impairment primarily through changes in water quality for residential, agricultural and recreational uses | (850) 983-7131

Masanori Fujimoto, research professor of aquatic microbial ecology, UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department

Research areas: Nutrient, pesticide and waste management, wetlands and aquatic ecosystems

Research interests: Variability observable in the structure of communities across diverse environments over time, how human activities affect natural systems, conservation of ecosystems | (352) 294-3131


Kanika Sharma Inglett, research assistant professor of environmental microbiology, UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department

Research areas: Climate change effects on carbon and nitrogen cycle, greenhouse gas emissions in terrestrial and aquatic systems, microbial ecology in wetlands, bioremediation and biodegradation of environmental pollutants

Research focus: Studying the effect of vegetation on decomposition of organic matter and greenhouse gas production and oxidation; aquatic food webs to study the trophic interactions between microbial functional groups in Florida Everglades; characterization of microbial communities associated with early development of soils in wetland soil | (352) 294-3164


David Kaplan, assistant professor, Department of Environmental Engineering Science s, UF Wertheim College of Engineering

Research areas: Wetland hydrology, saltwater intrusion impacts on coastal wetlands and aquifers, ecological restoration        

Research interests: Modeling connections between hydrology, water quality and ecosystem health to support coastal preservation efforts across the Northern Gulf Coast | (352) 392-8439


Todd Z. Osborne, assistant professor of biogeochemistry, UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department; Wetland Biogeochemistry Laboratory; Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience

Research areas: Carbon dynamics and ecosystem services, landscape analysis and modeling, wetlands and aquatics systems

Research interests: Role of organic matter as driver of wetland ecosystem functions, role of aquatic vegetation in wetland dynamics, wetland soils as natural water quality treatment systems | (904) 461-4047


Alan L. Wright, professor, soil and water quality, UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department 

Research areas: Wetlands and aquatic systems, carbon dynamics and ecosystem services, nutrient, pesticide and waste management

Research interests: Issues related to agricultural crop production and wetlands in South Florida | (772) 577-7410