The UF Water Institute is pleased to announce the November speakers in the Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series.

Thursday, November 04, 2010
Speaker:   Dr. David Yates and
Research Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Seminar Title:  Helping Water Utilities consider climate change and other uncertainties in their planning process
Time:  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:  282 J. Wayne Reitz Union
Co-Host:  Florida Climate Institute

David Yates is a Scientist in the Research Applications Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder Colorado and an SEI Associate located in Boulder, Colorado. His research has focused both on local scale hydrologic problems (flash floods, land use-land cover, climate change), as well as climate change impacts and adaptation on water and agricultural systems.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Speaker:   Dr. Steven Daniels
Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology, Utah State University
Seminar Title:  The Unifying Negotiation Framework: A Tool for Designing Participatory Processes for Environmental Planning and Management
Time:  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location:  282 J. Wayne Reitz Union
Co-Host:  Center for Latin American Studies, Tropical Conservation and Development Program

Abstract: Participatory processes in environmental planning and management involve layers of complexity -multiple parties, multiple issues, deeply held values, expert and local knowledge, media influences, and socially embedded conflicts, among them. In this seminar, Steve Daniels will present an integrative conceptual framework for thinking about participatory processes. The intent is to provide a map and compass to navigate through complex conflict-laden, multi-party negotiation landscapes.

Steve Daniels is a Community Development Specialist in University Extension and Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology and in the Department of Environment and Society. Much of Dr. Daniels professional interests focus on community linkages to natural resources and in collaborative processes in natural resource management. Steve Daniels co-authored Working Through Environmental Conflict: The Collaborative Learning Approach (2001), based on his decades of work with collaborative processes.