Professor, Soil and Water Sciences Department

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

University of Florida (UF)

and

Director of the UF Mindfulness Program

Education

  • M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, Justus von Liebig University, Giessen, Germany (1992)
  • Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, Justus von Liebig University, Giessen, Germany (1996)

Professional Appointments

Professor, Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida, U.S., July 2010 – present.

Director of the UF Mindfulness Program, University of Florida, U.S., May 2015 – present.

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, University of Sydney, Australia, Jan. 2013 – July 2013.

Associate Professor, Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida, U.S., July 2006 – July 2010.

Assistant Professor, Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida, U.S.,
August 2001 – July 2006. Tenured: 2006.

Director of Distance Education Programs, Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida, U.S., Sept. 2009 – May 2011.

Coordinator of Distance Education Programs, Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida, U.S., Nov. 2001 – Sept. 2009.

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, U.S., March 2005 – present.

Affiliate Faculty, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida, U.S.,
March 2003 – present.

Research Scientist and GIS Manager, Water Quality Laboratory, Heidelberg College, OH, U.S., March 2000 – July 2001.

Post-Doc, Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, U.S.,
August 1997 – Feb. 2000.

Post-Doc, Department of Natural Resources, Justus von Liebig University Giessen, Germany, Jan. 1997 – August 1997.

Visiting Scientist, National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Agricultural Research Service (ARS), West Lafayette, IN, U.S., Dec. 1995 – April 1996.

Research Scientist, European Economic Union, Jan. 1995 – July 1995.

Ph.D. student, Department of Natural Resources, Justus von Liebig University Giessen, Germany, Jan. 1993 – Dec. 1996.

M.S. student, Department of Natural Resources, Justus von Liebig University Giessen, Germany, Sept. 1985 – Dec. 1992.

Professional Development

  • Graduate courses in the Integral and Transpersonal Psychology Graduate Program, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA (8/2016 – present)
  • Graduate Certificate in Integral Studies: 6 graduate credits (letter grade: A), Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA, U.S. (7/2012 – 7/2013)
  • Sabbatical Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, University of Sydney, Australia; Visiting Professor (1/2013 – 7/2013)
  • Leadership Maturity Framework Coaching Intensive, Institute for Developmental Coaching, Sydney, Australia (April, 2013)
  • Authentic Leadership Graduate Certificate: 12 graduate credits – 3 courses with letter grades A, A, and A-, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, U.S. (1/2015 – 5/2015)

Expertise & Interests

Research:

  • Pedometrics / digital soil mapping / soil-landscape modeling : Apply statistical and geostatistical methods for quantitative soil-landscape analysis, with the purpose of analyzing the spatial distribution, variability and behavior of soil properties; mechanistic simulation modeling of ecosystem processes
  • Environmetrics: Develop quantitative spatially-explicit models to assess environmental quality
  • Geographic information systems (GIS), soil and remote sensing applications

Specific Research Interests:

  • Assess the impact of land use and global climate change on carbon sequestration and soil & water quality
  • Elucidate on the impact of environmental stressors on soil and terrestrial carbon dynamics
  • Develop multi-scale predictive models of soil and environmental properties across various spatial and temporal scales
  • Investigate biophysical feedbacks (soil-vegetation-water-atmosphere interactions) and carbon dynamics
  • Assess phosphorus and nitrogen patterns and dynamics across aquatic and terrestrial landscapes

Teaching:

  • SWS 6722 Soil-Landscape Modeling [UF]
  • SWS 5721C GIS in Land Resource Management (on-campus and distance education sections) [UF]
  • SWS 4720C GIS in Soil and Water Science [UF]
  • ALS 5027 Reusable Learning Objects [UF]
  • GIS Short Courses [UF and at ICRISAT, India]
  • Morphology, Classification and Mapping of Soils [UW-Madison]

Editorial and Scholarly Activities

  • Frontiers Environmental Science – “Soil Processes” (11/2014 – present)
  • Associate Editor – Soil Science Society America Journal (1/2008 – 1/2014)
  • Editorial Board – Geoderma (3/2007 – present)
  • Editor – EcoLearnIT Reusable Learning Object System & Journal (6/2006 – present)

Honors

Honors Grunwald:

  • Soil Science Society of America Fellow Award (2017)
  • University of Florida, Research Foundation Professorship Award (UFRP) (2017 – 2020)
  • University of Florida, Term Professorship (2017 – 2020)
  • Grunwald, as co-PI and team member of the Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation and Adaptation Project (PINEMAP), was awarded the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Partnership Award for Mission Integration (2016)
  • The UF Mindfulness team led by Dr. Grunwald was awarded the UF Champions for Change Award (UF Office of Sustainability and the Healthy Gators Coalition) (2016)
  • University of Florida, Research Foundation Professorship Award (UFRP) (2010 – 2012)
  • Nominated for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Teaching and Advising Award, University of Florida (2011)
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teacher Fellow award (2010)
  • Honored as “one of the most valued Referees for 2009”, Geoderma Journal
  • Nominated for the National Soil Science Society of America Education Award (2009, 2010)
  • International Travel Awards – IFAS/UF International Programs (summer 2006, 2009)
  • Junior Faculty Award of Merit – Gamma Sigma Delta (2007)
  • Nominated by IFAS for the USDA National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences – Teacher Award (2007), New Teacher Award (2006 & 2005)
  • Best Paper Award in the Internet-Based Teaching/Distance Learning session at the 3rd International Conference on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, Orlando, FL (7/2005)
  • Honored by the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) for excellence in developing teaching materials (ID: DSLESE-000-000-002-435; 3D soil-landscape models) (12/2003)
  • Inclusion in the Academic Who’s Who in Agriculture Higher Education (WWAHE) (10/2003)
  • Nomination for Best Paper Award (Pedometrics Working Group – International Union of Soil Sciences): Grunwald S., P. Barak, K. McSweeney and B. Lowery. 2000. Soil landscape models at different scales portrayed in Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML). Soil Science 165(8): 598-615.
  • Research fellowship DAAD (German Academic Foreign Service – Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst) (1996)
  • Ph.D. honors fellowship State Hessen, Germany (1992-1996)

Honorary Activities – Grunwald:

  • President, Gamma Sigma Delta Honors Society (2009 – 2010)
  • Secretary & Vice President, Gamma Sigma Delta Honors Society (2008 – 2009)

Graduate Student and Post-Doc Honors:

  • Carla Gavilan received the UF Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation award (2018)
  • Carla Gavilan won the best oral presentation award at the Soil and Water Science Department Research Forum, Gainesville, FL (2017)
  • Carla Gavilan received the second place in the Student Oral Competition, ASA Community “Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, Int. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting, Tampa, FL (2017)
  • Katsutoshi Mizuta received the Quantitative Environmental Soil Science / Pedometrics Award, Soil and Water Science Department, UF (2017)
  • Katsutoshi Mizuta was awarded the Doris Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship (2017)
  • Carla Gavilan was awarded the Doris Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship (2017)
  • Wade Ross received the UF Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation award (2017)
  • Katsutoshi Mizuta was selected for the UF/IFAS 2016 Awards of Excellence for Graduate Research (MS level) by the Soil and Water Sciences Department, UF
  • Katsutoshi Mizuta was selected for the Best Thesis in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, UF in 2016 in the category Soil and Water Sciences.
  • Katsutoshi Mizuta was awarded the Robertson fellowship award, Soil and Water Sciences Department, UF (2016)
  • Katsutoshi Mizuta received the Outstanding Achievement Award for International Students, International Center, University of Florida (2016)
  • Katsutoshi Mizuta was nominated by the Soil and Water Science Department for the Alec Courtelis fellowship (2016)
  • Katsutoshi Mizuta received the best graduate student poster award at the Soil and Water Sciences Research Forum (2016)
  • Christopher Clingensmith was awarded the William C. and Bertha M. Cornett Fellowship (2016)
  • Hamza Keskin was selected for the departmental Excellence in Graduate Studies (M.S.) award (2015)
  • Hamza Keskin received the Quantitative Environmental Soil Science / Pedometrics Award, Soil and Water Science Department, UF (2015)
  • Katsutoshi Mizuta received the Ben Skulnick Fellowship (2015)
  • Pasicha Chaikaew received the departmental Excellence in Ph.D. Studies award (2014)
  • Pasicha Chaikaew was selected as the best dissertation in the Soil and Water Science Department and nominated for the UF/IFAS Graduate Research Award (2014)
  • Pasicha Chaikaew received the Quantitative Environmental Soil Science / Pedometrics Award, Soil and Water Science Department, UF (2014)
  • Christopher Wade Ross received the Quantitative Environmental Soil Science / Pedometrics Award, Soil and Water Science Department, UF (2013)
  • Christopher Wade Ross was awarded 1st Place in the Graduate Student Competition of the Global Digital Soil Map Community (ASA) held in Tampa FL at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Meeting for his presentation “Spatiotemporal modeling of soil organic carbon stocks across a subtropical region” (#222-5) (Nov. 4-6, 2013)
  • Xiong Xiong was awarded 2nd Place in the Graduate Student Competition of the Global Digital Soil Map Community (ASA) held in Tampa FL at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Meeting for his presentation “Assessing model structure uncertainty using Bayesian model averaging” (#222-1) (Nov. 4-6, 2013)
  • Baijing Cao was awarded 3nd Place in the Graduate Student Competition of the Global Digital Soil Map Community (ASA) held in Tampa FL at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Meeting for her presentation “Soil carbon modeling across the continental U.S.” (#95-6) (Nov. 4-6, 2013)
  • Ploy Chaikaew was awarded 2nd Place in the Graduate Student Competition under the Soil and Water Management and Conservation Division, ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Meeting for her presentation “Assessing soil organic carbon change and nutrient loads in surface water in the Suwannee River Basin” (#153-8) (Nov. 4-6, 2013)
  • Ploy Chaikaew was awarded 1nd Place in the Graduate Student Competition GISDay @ the University of Florida for her presentation “Assessing soil organic carbon change and nutrient loads in surface water in the Suwannee River Basin, Florida (Nov. 19, 2013)
  • Jongsung Kim received the Quantitative Environmental Soil Science / Pedometrics Award, Soil and Water Science Department, UF (2012)
  • Xiong Xiong received the Sam Polston Fellowship, Soil and Water Science Department, UF (2012)
  • Xiong et al. paper was nominated for the Best Paper Award at the Global Workshop Digital Soil Mapping, Sydney, Australia (April 10-13, 2012)
  • Xiong Xiong received the Quantitative Environmental Soil Science / Pedometrics Award, Soil and Water Science Department, UF (2011)
  • Pasicha Chaikaew earned the 3rd place poster award in Division S5-Pedology, Int. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting, San Antonio, TX (Oct. 16-19, 2011)
  • D. Brenton Myers received the Quantitative Environmental Soil Science / Pedometrics Award, Soil and Water Science Department, UF (2010)
  • Jongsung Kim was awarded 1st place poster award. GISDay Meeting, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Nov. 17, 2010)
  • Xiong Xiong earned the 3rd place poster award in Division S5-Pedology, Int. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting, Long Beach, CA (Nov. 1-4, 2010).
  • Nominated for Best Paper Award among 120+ papers presented at international meeting: Vasques G.M., S. Grunwald and D.B. Myers. 2010. Search for a multiscale soil organic carbon spatial model in Florida: Influence of extent, resolution, and geographic region. International Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping, Rome, Italy (May 24-26, 2010)
  • Cao Biajing was awarded Ph.D. scholarship by the Chinese Scholarship Council (2010 – 2014)
  • Julius Adewopo was awarded Alumni assistantship (2010 – 2014)
  • Pasicha Chaikaew was awarded fellowship by the Royal Thai Government (2009 – 2012)
  • Jongsung Kim was awarded matching assistantship (2008 – 2011) and Grinter fellowship (2008 – 2009)
  • D. Brenton Myers earned student award, 9th Int. Conference on Precision Agriculture, Denver, CO (July 20-23, 2008)
  • Gustavo M. Vasques received Robertson Award, Soil and Water Science Department, UF (2007)
  • Gustavo M. Vasques was awarded Alumni assistantship (2007 – 2011)
  • D. Brenton Myers ranked 1st in the student award competition Int. Pedometrics Meeting in Naples, Florida (Sept. 12-14, 2005)
  • Sanjay Lamsal ranked 2nd in the student award competition Int. Pedometrics Meeting in Naples, Florida (Sept. 12-14, 2005)
  • Rosanna G. Rivero ranked 3nd in the student award competition Int. Pedometrics Meeting in Naples, Florida (Sept. 12-14, 2005)
  • Sanjay Lamsal won poster award – Soil and Water Science Research Forum, Gainesville, FL (9/2005)
  • Rosanna G. Rivero won poster award – Soil and Water Science Research Forum, Gainesville, FL (9/2005)
  • Sanjay Lamsal was awarded 2nd place in the Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest for his thesis research, Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida, Tallahassee, FL (May 20-21, 2004)
  • Christine Bliss received Best Paper Award ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting, Seattle, WA (Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2004)
  • Isabel Lopez-Zamora received Best Paper Award ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting, Seattle, WA (Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2004)

Professional Organizations

  • ASA (American Society of Agronomy)
  • SSSA (Soil Science Society of America)
  • FAESS (Florida Association of Environmental Soil Scientists)
  • IUSS (International Union of Soil Sciences)
  • NACTA (North American Association of Teachers of Agriculture)