Join the Team

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To join Dr. Grunwald's research team as a graduate student submit an application to seek entrance into the Ph.D. or M.S. graduate programs offered by the Soil and Water Sciences Department (SWSD) or School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Florida, USA. 

Potential Research Topics

(1) Soil and Ecosystem Sciences:

  • Soil health, soil security, and soil care

  • Artificial intelligence, AI (machine learning and deep learning) applied to soil and ecosystem modeling

  • Digital soil mapping and pedometrics 

  • Carbon modeling, carbon crediting, carbon marketing 

  • Carbon assessment and global climate change

  • Environmental co-benefits of soil carbon sequestration (ecosystem services)

  • Climate smart agriculture

  • Regenerative agriculture

  • Proximal soil sensing and remote sensing applications

  • Fusion of soil spectroscopy and physically/mechanistic models to assess soil functions

  • Pedo-econometrics to optimize ecosystem functions (e.g., nutrient regulation, water quality, carbon sequestration, net primary productivity)

  • Socio-environmental modeling of multi-hazard eco-disasters (e.g., hurricanes, floods, droughts) in Florida

(2) Soil & People: 

  • Ethics of AI in soil, water, and environmental sciences

  • People's perception and valuation of soil, water, nature & human health and well-being

  • Socio-environmental modeling of multi-hazard eco-disasters (e.g., hurricanes, floods, droughts) in Florida

  • Mindfulness practices in nature & people's relations to soil/nature/environment (care ethics)

  • Cultural understanding of soils in Florida and/or across the U.S.

  • Integral modeling of soil-human relations (Integral Ecology and Integral Theory)