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2017 Urban Landscape Summit 

March 16-17, 2017
UF/IFAS Straughn Extension Professional Development Center
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

The 2017 UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology Urban Landscape Summit will feature presentations of applied research or extension project pertaining to urban landscape issues in Florida.

The summit will include accepted presentations from state specialists and county faculty and a graduate student poster competition. 


  • Participants will build relationships among state specialists, county faculty, graduate students, and industry. 
  • Participants will hear national or regional issue update from the Keynote Speaker.
  • Participants will learn about the latest research in urban landscape issues.
  • Participants will be able to model projects after presented extension projects. 

Important Note on Lodging

Due to another event in town (NHRA Gatornationals) being held the same week as the summit, hotels in Gainesville are showing little to no availability. You may still be able to find lodging in Gainesville, but will most likely be required to pre-pay for a room. However, we have reserved a block of rooms in nearby Ocala, at the Courtyard at Marriot (3712 SW 38th Ave. Ocala FL 34474, 352-237-8000). There are 15 rooms in the block at $149/night under the group name "UF Urban Landscape Summit." Call the phone number listed to book at the block rate. Please check this page again, as we're working on a second block. Hotels in Ocala aren't sold out yet, but they're going fast—we recommend you book your hotel right away.

2017 Agenda

Day 1, Thursday, March 16

8 am – Registration

8:45 am – Opening Remarks: Dr. Jack Payne and Dr. Michael Dukes

9 am – Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Mark Clark

Homeowner Insight

9:45 am – Research and Extension Session (20 minutes each) – 2 faculty

  • Do Home Irrigation Users Perceive Their Impact on Water Quality and Quantity Differently? – Laura Warner, Alexa Lamm, Andrew Horvath
  • How Do Perceived and Actual Water Savings Influence Homeowner Response to Smart Irrigation Controllers – Maria Morera, Paul Monaghan, Michael Dukes, Eliza Breder

10:30 am – Break

10:45 am – Lightning Round (5 minutes each) – 3 faculty

  • Economic Incentives and Preferences for Eco-friendly Residential Landscaping – Hayk Khatchatrayn
  • Values-Beliefs-Norms Theory as Means of Measuring Pro-Environmental Behavior Change for Florida-Friendly Landscaping Programs – Taylor Clem
  • Motivating and Changing Behaviors in Extension Volunteers through eNewsletters – Wendy Wilber

Student Lightning Presentations

11 am – Student Lightning Presentations (2 minutes each) – 9 students

  • Investigating Homeowners' Preferences for Smart Irrigation Technology Features – Xumin Zhang
  • Effects of Mulch Depth, Herbicide Formulation, and Activation Moisture on Weed Control in Landscape Planting Beds – Debalina Saha
  • Guiding Norms and Attitude toward Water Conservation and Current Water Use Behavior by Type of Landscape – Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Laura Warner
  • Client Satisfaction and Extension Services: Measuring the Effectiveness of the Individual Contact Teaching Tool – Amanda Ali, Laura Warner
  • Street Tree Identification and Measurement from Ground-based, Mobile Photogrammetric Data– John Roberts
  • Impact of Roadway Vegetation on Driver Health and Well-Being and the Risks Associated with Single Vehicle Crashes – Jeffery W. Van Treese II
  • On Top of the World Study: Compost Amendment for Irrigation Reduction – Lloyd Singleton
  • Community Gardens in Marginalized Neighborhoods: Examining the Role of Social Capitol in Overcoming Barriers and Fostering Resiliency – Karissa Raymond
  • Producers Value Sterile Cultivar Research for Potentially Invasive Plants for the Horticulture Industry in the southeastern United States – Allison Bechtloff

11:30 am - Lunch, Poster Session, and Networking

Landscapes and Plants

1 pm – Research and Extension Session (20 minutes each) – 4 faculty

  • Maintenance vs. Aestethics: Investigating Homeowners' Preference for Alternative Residential Landscapes – Hayk Khatchatryan
  • Manipulating Turfgrass Diversity as a Pest management Strategy – Adam Dale
  • Blooming Days: A Guide to the Time and Duration of Bloom of Some Flowering Trees in South Florida – Stephen Brown
  • Protecting Water Quality and Reducing Harmful Algal Blooms in Urban Waters: Will Nitrogen Fertilizers Bans in Florida's Urban Landscapes Work? – Gurpal Toor

2:30 pm – Break

Invasives and Pests

2:45 pm – Lightning Round (5 minutes each) – 3 faculty

  • Rose Rosette Disease: New Research Results and Potential Impacts on Rose Production and Use in Florida – Gary Knox
  • Ficus Whitefly: A South Florida Problem that Won't Go Away – Catharine Mannion
  • Taking the Bite Out of Mosquitos in Bromeliads – Ralph Mitchell

New Faculty

3 pm – Research and Extension Session (20 minutes each) – 3 faculty

  • (10 minutes) Central Florida Water Initiative – Jim Fletcher
  • (10 minutes) Nutrient Impairments – Mary Lusk
  • Urban Stormwater Retrofits: More than a Drop in the Bucket – Eban Bean
  • Data and Environment – Jorge Barrera

4 pm –Lightning Round (5 minutes each) – 3 faculty

  • Landscapes and Community Gardens in Florida: Comparing the Benefits and Barriers – Paul Monaghan
  • Lawns Go Native: Empowering Residents for Success – Lloyd Singleton
  • Components of a Pollinator Garden – Nicole Pinson, Lynn Barber

4:15 pm – Student Award Presentation

4:30 pm – Adjourn

6-9 pm – Evening Reception and Networking at First Magnitude Brewery – food and drinks on your own

Day 2, Friday, March 17

7:30-8:30 – Coffee and Networking

8:15 am – Keynote Speaker: Water 2070 Team

Case Studies

9:00 am – Research and Extension Session (20 minutes each) – 2 faculty

  • Getting the Lead (and Pepper) Out – Reclaiming Coastal Hernando County – William Lester
  • Evidence-Based Zoysiagrass Management Workshops – A Unique Approach to Filling an Industry Need – Erin Harlow, Lloyd Singleton, Travis Shaddox, J. Bryan Unruh, Kevin Kenworthy

9:45 am – Lightning Round (5 minutes each) – 4 faculty

  • Water Schools – Christopher Martinez
  • 4-H Water Guards: Youth Takes Water into Their Own Hands – Taryn Sudol
  • Two Florida-Friendly Landscaping Online Public Outreach Efforts Currently Under Development – Esen Momol
  • Educating at the Nexus of Ag and Urban Turf – Clay Cooper, BJ Jarvis

10:15 am – Break

Water Supply and Conservation

10:30 am – Research and Extension Session (20 minutes each) – 1 faculty

  • TWA Public Water Utility – Nick Taylor

11:00 am – Lightning Round (5 minutes each) – 3 faculty

  • Fisher Island: Reducing Outdoor Water Use in a Residential Island Community – Morgan Hopkins
  • Estimating Benefits of Residential outdoor Water Conservation: A Step-by-Step Guide – Tatiana Borisova, Laura Warner, Jennison Kipp Searcy, Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Michael Dukes
  • Evaluation of EPA's Pressure Regulating Sprinkler Body Performance Testing Specification – Bernardo Cardenas

11:15 am – Closing Remarks

11:30 am – Adjourn

See 2016's accepted presentations

Summit Divisions

  • Lightning Rounds - 5 minutes
  • Research and Extension Sessions - 20 minutes
  • Graduate Student Poster Presentation Competition - 2 minutes

Graduate Student Poster Presentation Competition

One M.S. and one Ph.D. poster will be awarded as long as there are at least five submission in each category. Participants will present their project in a 2 minute lightning round and it will be followed by a traditional poster session. Participants are judged on importance of the subject to Florida, scientific merit, experimental design rigor, literature review, completeness, clarity, and response to questions. Award recipients will receive a monetary award towards their graduate work.

Summit Contact: Emily Eubanks,