This is a reminder that Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, will visit UF this week as the final speaker in the Smallwood Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series.   Dr. Rodriguez-Iturbe conducts research at the interface of hydrology and ecology is the recipient of the 1998 Horton Medal in hydrology,  the  2002 Stockholm Water Prize, and the 2009 William Bowie Medal.   

Dr. Rodriguez-Iturbe is available to meet with interested students and faculty at the following times.  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR AFTERNOON MEETING WITH FACULTY!


Thursday  April 22nd
9:30am-11:30am Meeting with Graduate Students: Hosted by David Kaplan ([log in to unmask]) in 122 Rogers Hall
11:30am -1pm Lunch with the Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee  ([log in to unmask]) location TBD
1pm-2:30pm Meeting with Faculty: Hosted by Rafa Munoz-Carpena ([log in to unmask]) and Matt Cohen ([log in to unmask]) in  122 Rogers Hall 
3pm -5 pm Seminar in  209  Emerson Hall
Seminar Title:  Hydrology and Biodiversity:  A Crucial Link for a Sustainable Future



The diversity of life on earth is essential for the functioning of the ecosystems which make possible the well being of human societies. This Biodiversity is intimately linked to the dynamics of the water cycle on earth, e.g., the hydrologic cycle. Among many other crucial factors, both the habitat capacity of different regions as well as the dispersal mechanisms of different species are linked to the dynamics of the water cycle and to geomorphoclimatic characteristics of the different ecosystems. Thus, the biodiversity of freshwater fish depends on the runoff characteristics existing on the different parts of a river basin as well as on the structure of the drainage network. Similarly, the diversity of forests is very much dependent on the rainfall regimes of the regions they occupy. Among the most important causes of biodiversity loss are the decrease of appropriate habitat (particularly from conversion to agriculture) and the impact of anthropogenic climate change. These two factors are studied in the possible reduction of tree diversity in the Mississippi-Missouri River System. The controlling role of hydrologic dynamics on fish diversity in that system as well as in the vegetation of wetlands as the Florida Everglades is also examined.   


Note:  For those off campus the seminar will be available by streaming video at  


Wendy Graham
Carl S. Swisher Chair in Water Resources
Director UF Water Institute
PO Box 116601
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-6601

Phone 352-392-5893 x 2113
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