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Haimanote Bayabil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Water Resources 

Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department

Tropical Research and Education Center

University of Florida


hbayabil@ufl.edu | 786-217-9253

Dr. Haimanote Bayabil's research and extension program at UF/IFAS TREC primarily focuses on developing practical and sustainable water management practices that conserve water and improve water quality in agricultural and urban areas.

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Mulatu Liyew Berihun, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Interests

Mulatu did his PhD in Global Arid Land Science at Tottori University, Japan. He is an Assistant Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources Management at Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia). He is interested in the research themes of Hydrology and Watershed Management, mainly focused on modeling the impacts of land use/cover, climate change, and land management practices on ecosystem services such as streamflow/runoff, sediment load/soil erosion, water quality, nutrient and phosphorus loads, and crop productivities. Further, he is interested in examining how climate change or extremes impacts irrigation water management under different land management scenarios. His current duties as a Postdoctoral Researcher include but are not limited to conducting field and greenhouse experiments in hot and humid climate conditions, collecting soil, plant, and water samples, processing samples in the field and laboratory, data analysis and interpretation using appropriate statistical methods, literature review, writing manuscripts for journal publication, contribute to proposal development and project report write up on research related to soil-water-plant relationships and developing efficient nutrient and water resource management practices.

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Visiting Research Scholar

Research Interests 

Niguss ‘King’ Solomon is a research scholar in the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. 
Niguss did his PhD at Czech university of Life science, Prague in Exploitation, and conservation of Natural resources. Niguss’ research interest is mainly focussed on the effect of organic amendments on the properties of soil and plant growth.  Niguss will be involved in different projects through applying and sharing his knowledge in relation to soil organic amendments. Niguss is also interested in the application of machine learning in agricultural data analysis. 

Niguss 'King' Solomon, Ph.D.

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Fikadu Getachew

Doctoral Student

Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department

 

 

Research Interests

Fikadu's research interest is in detecting a proxy of drought indices from surface and satellite observations using crop simulation modeling approaches. His current research looks into the effects of supplemental irrigation and shifting planting dates to mitigate climate change impacts on sorghum production.

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Kelsey Vought

Doctoral Student

Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department

Co-advised with Prof. Ana Martin-Ryals

Research Interests

Integrating hydrologic and data sciences with agriculture, Kelsey seeks to address global energy-food-water demands through Controlled Environment Agriculture. Her current research is in developing novel irrigation water treatment and reuse processes which aim to achieve pathogen disinfection, nutrient recovery, and energy savings. Kelsey aspires to bring food and water security to urban communities both locally and internationally.

Doctoral Student

Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department

 

 

Research Interests

Fitsum's research interests focus on hydrologic modeling, river basin management, surface, and groundwater interaction modeling, climate change impact studies, remote sensing hydrology, land cover change detection and scaling, and precision agriculture. Currently, he is working on a research topic, entitled “Evaporation Trend Over South Florida”.

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Fitsum Tilahun

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Saroop Sandhu, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator II

Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department

Tropical Research and Education Center

Research Interests 

Dr. Sandhu holds a PhD degree in Agronomy with a Soil and Water Sciences minor from the University of Florida. His current duties as a Research Coordinator include but are not limited to coordinating the work of multidisciplinary teams to complete projects related to soil and water resources research; managing and conducting field and lab work to complete research projects that need the use of new techniques and tools; reviewing design reports, plans, research proposals, and manuscripts that may require the use of new data analysis techniques or methodology; training students and interns on the use and operation of specialized equipment, research methodology, or technology; and staying current on new technologies, emerging techniques, software programs, and instrumentation.

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Thais Souza, Ph.D.

Visiting Research Scholar

Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department

Tropical Research and Education Center

Research Interests 

Dr. Souza is an Assistant Professor of Agronomy at the University Federal of Pernambuco, Brazil. Her current research investigates the effects of different soil management practices on soil moisture, runoff, and erosion dynamics of two semi-arid watersheds in Brazil.

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Syed Shaham ‘Sam’ Madni

Visiting Research Scholar

Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department

Tropical Research and Education Center

Research Interests 

Sam has an MS in software engineering and a BS in is in computer science and has several years of multidisciplinary industrial work experience in electrical, electronics, and computer science domains. His research interest includes precision agriculture, applications of sensors and IoT in agriculture, and big data analytics.

  • Bewuket Tefera (MS student)

  • Christian Bartell (Engineer I)

  • Abdelmoneim Z. ​Mohamed, Ph.D. (Ag Scientist IV)

  • Ashok Alva, Ph.D.  (Engineer I)

  • Reginald Nicholas Sylney (Intern)

  • Stephanie N Torres (Intern)

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