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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Soil, Water And Ecosystem Sciences

Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences graduate programs are designed to students teach about soil, water, and environmental sciences in urban, agricultural, and natural ecosystems. We focus on the knowledge that enables better stewardship of water resources so we can protect both the quantity and quality of water available to all people.

Our key areas of research include:

  • Carbon dynamics and ecosystem services
  • Landscape analysis and modeling
  • Nutrient, pesticides, and waste management
  • Soil, water, and aquifer remediation
  • Wetlands and aquatic ecosystems
  • Best management practices for agriculture

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Student Information 

Students enrolled in the Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences may develop their MS or Ph.D. program in one of the following tracks, with their research project in one or more of the department's key research areas. Each program is tailored to meet the interests of the student and the needs of the student's research program.


  • Soil, Water And Ecosystems Sciences: specialize in sustainable production of agronomic, turf, silviculture, and ornamental crops, with a strong traditional soil science foundation. Ideal for those passionate about agricultural sciences and natural resource management, emphasizing sustainable productivity and water quality.
  • Environmental Science: in this track students can focus on environmental science coursework, tailored for those interested in non-traditional soil science and its impact on surface and groundwater quality.
  • Interdisciplinary Ecology: students can also apply to this major to work with Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences faculty to obtain graduate degrees in the Interdisciplinary Ecology Program through the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Our courses are available both in-person and online, providing flexibility for students.

Additionally, funding and scholarships are available to eligible candidates, offering further opportunities for academic advancement.

Possible Careers

  • Environmental Scientist: work with industry or government agencies to protect water resources
  • Water Supply Planner: use spatial analysis tools to forecast future water supplies and make plans to ensure sustainable water resources
  • Ecologist: study how people and wildlife interact with water in the environment
  • Extension: work with local stakeholders, including residents, government personnel and non-profit organizations to encourage conservation practices

Have Questions? 

P. Chris Wilson, Graduate Coordinator |    

Samira H. Daroub, Distance Education Coordinator | 561-993-1593 or 

Michael Sink, Academic Support | 352-294-3152 or 


Soil, Water and Ecosystem Sciences Faculty Members

Dr. Mary Lusk
Assistant Professor
Soil and Water Sciences
Urban Water Quality
813-419-6586 | Rm. 129

Dr. Jack Rechcigl
Center Director/Professor
Soil and Water Sciences
813-419-6571 | Rm. 102