SWS5721C GIS in Land Resource Management (on campus)

SWS 5721C GIS in Land Resource Management

On-campus section

Objectives: To provide students with the basic concepts of, and experience in using, the ArcGIS geographic information system (GIS) and geospatial methods as applied to land resource management issues.
Format: Lectures and labs (Virtual Computer Lab)
Credits: 3
The course counts towards the ICGIS certificate (http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/icgis)


SWS5721C GIS in Land Resource Management (DE)

SWS 5721C GIS in Land Resource Management

Online / distance education (DE) section

Objectives: To provide students with the basic concepts of, and experience in using, the ArcGIS geographic information system (GIS) and geospatial methods as applied to land resource management issues.

Format: Distance education (Internet & Virtual Computer Lab)
High-speed Internet access
Credits: 3
The course counts towards the ICGIS certificate (http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/icgis)


SWS4720C GIS in Soil and Water Science

SWS 4720C GIS in Soil and Water Science

On-campus and distance education sections

Objectives: To provide students with the basic concepts of geographic information systems and applications focused on soil and water resource management.
Lectures and labs

Current instructor: Susan Curry (previously taught by Grunwald 2002-2008)

ALS5027 Reusable Learning Objects

ALS 5027 Reusable Learning Objects

Distance education

Objectives: Learn about technical and pedagogical approaches to develop RLOs. An RLO is a type
of online instruction that provides a digital educational resource that can be reused, scaled, and shared
from a central online repository in the support of instruction, learning, outreach/extension. RLOs can be
developed on various thematic topics including environmental sciences (soil, water, climate, policy, and
ecosystem services), ecology, natural resources, agricultural management, agriculture and life sciences,
and more.
Self-paced online course
Spring and Summer

Syllabus and Orientation (recording)

SWS6722 Soil-Landscape Modeling

SWS 6722 Soil-Landscape Modeling

 On-campus section

Objectives: The goal of this class is to explore various concepts and quantitative methods to model and understand the spatial distribution of soil and environmental properties across landscapes considering its biological and chemical composition, physical environment, and anthropogenic patterns. This is essential to understand environmental consequences (e.g. fate of nutrients, pesticides, and potential contaminants) that relate to soils as natural bodies within the landscape/hydrological continua. The relationship between soil properties and environmental landscape factors is given special attention. Various quantitative modeling techniques (including modern regression and geostatistics) are reviewed to model complex relationships between environmental factors.

Format: Lectures and projects
Spring odd years
The course counts towards the ICGIS certificate (http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/icgis)


Facilitation & Training - UF Mindfulness

Specific action events, teachings, and interventions of the UF Mindfulness team:

  • Meditation Mob, Plaza of Americas (Sept. 24, 2015)
  • Mindfulness Day (various mindfulness practice sessions, keynote speaker: Mickey Singer, about 350 participants) (Sept. 28, 2015)
  • Seminar by Dr. Jenni Spännäri “Co-passion: revolutionary power of compassion” (Dec. 7, 2015).
  • Mindfulness meditation and networking lunches (~bi-weekly in Fall 2015; Spring and Fall 2016; Spring 2017 semesters)
  • Meditations on the lawn of the Plaza of Americas jointly facilitated by the UF Mindfulness team and the Meditation Student (MOR) club (bi-weekly in Spring 2016 semester)
  • Meditation Chain: Continuous chain of several meditators meditating for two days (April 21 and 22, 2016)
  • UF Meditation Chain, Reitz Union Rm 3325, Gainesville, FL (July 29, 2016)
  • UF Peace Day to celebrate the International Day of Peace at UF, Gainesville, FL (Sept. 21, 2016)
  • UF Mindfulness Day 2016 “Integrating Mindfulness in Life” (program incl. keynote talks by Mickey Singer and Lou Ritz, and 8 mindfulness training sessions; about 300 participants). Gainesville, FL (Sept. 26, 2016)
  • Healing and kindness meditation, 1-hr online event (Nov. 10, 2016)
  • UF Mindfulness Vision Quest, Reitz Union (Feb. 24, 2017)
  • UF Mindfulness mini-retreat for UF Mindfulness team members, Gainesville Retreat Center, Gainesville, FL (Aug. 5, 2017)
  • Mindfulness Day 2017 “Mind and Culture”. Reitz Union UF, Gainesville, FL (Sept. 25, 2017). Program incl. keynote talk by Dr. Glenn Hartelius; invited guest speaker Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai); workshop “Choosing love: Finding peace within the eye of the storm”, and 13 special topic sessions. Attendance of about 300 participants.

Training, teaching & awareness building:

  • Workshop session “Unlocking creativity through mindfulness – the new campus-wide UF Mindfulness program to enhance teaching” taught by S. Grunwald, M. Ardelt, L. Ritz and N. Lasseter. College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Teaching Enhancement Symposium, Gainesville FL (Aug. 18, 2015)
  • Mindfulness Wave: Mindfulness training in different UF colleges: 12 training sessions @1 to 2 hours long. Taught by M. Ardelt, S. Grunwald, T. Drake, N. Lasseter, F. Lewis, A. Puig and J. Snyder (Spring 2016)
  • “The UF Mindfulness program”, S. Grunwald. CALS Solutions Seminar, Straughn Center, UF, Gainesville FL (Jan. 28, 2016)
  • “The power of mindfulness in creating space to address the challenges in a complexifying world” taught by S. Grunwald. Invited seminar in the leadership seminar series. CALS UF, Gainesville FL (Feb. 26, 2016)
  • Presentation at conference “Embracing mindfulness – breath-by-breath – at the University of Florida” S. Grunwald, M. Ardelt, A. Puig, N.J. Lasseter, L.A. Ritz, N.F. (May) Dolen, F. Lewis, J. Snyder, T. Drake, T. Tannen, M. Murphy, A. Brown, K. Holton, E. Turner and A. S. Lindner. Contemplative Practices for the 21st Century University Conference, Blacksburg, VA (March 10-12, 2016)
  • “Mindfulness session” at the Dean’s retreat, College of the Arts, S. Grunwald, Gainesville FL (June 28, 2016)
  • Co-teaching of workshop “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” 4-H University. Teachers of mindfulness practices: S. Grunwald and K. Holton. Gainesville FL (July 27, 2016)
  • “What is mindfulness” ½ day workshop for staff of the UF hotel by S. Grunwald, Reitz Union, Gainesville, FL (Nov. 21, 2016)
  • Mindfulness training practice session (1 hr.) by S. Grunwald, UF College of Veterinary Medicine Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) (Jan. 30, 2017)
  • UF Mindfulness Program presentation by S. Grunwald, UF Faculty Senate Steering Committee Meeting, Gainesville, FL (Feb. 2, 2017)
  • UF Mindfulness Program presentation by S. Grunwald, UF Faculty Senate Meeting, Gainesville, FL (Feb. 16, 2017)
  • Mindfulness guest lecture and practice session, S. Grunwald, course “Nonprofit leadership” (course teacher: Jennifer A. Jones), Gainesville, FL (Feb. 27, 2017)
  • Talk “OneHealth, OneScience – Authentic and Mindful Scientific Integration Approaches”, S. Grunwald, One Health Talks “Mind Over Matter”, Emergent Pathogen Institute, Gainesville, FL (March 13, 2017). Recording: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/a7d5fb1ed67f4629b1068d51cab5da7d1d
  • Guest lectures and practice sessions “Mindfulness”, S. Grunwald, IDH 2930 Honors course Professional Development, March 13 and 27, 2017 (course teacher: Al Wysocki)
  • “Mindfulness, stress and anxiety reduction” practice session by A. Puig and S. Grunwald, UF Graduate Student Appreciation Week Wellness Day 2017, Reitz Union, Gainesville, FL (April 4, 2017)
  • Mindfulness meditation practice session, S. Grunwald, University of Florida, School of Natural Resources and Environment De-Stress Fest, Reitz Union, Gainesville, FL (April 11, 2017)
  • Workshop (2 hrs.) “Strategies for managing stress and mindfulness”, H. Radunovich and S. Grunwald, UF-IFAS Extension Symposium “A Time to Learn and Discover New Opportunities”, Gainesville, FL (April 19, 2017)
  • Workshop (2 hrs.) “Integration of Mindfulness in the Workplace”, S. Grunwald, Gainesville, FL (May 24, 2017)
  • Mindfulness and staying in the “green zone”, S. Grunwald, Wellness Wednesdays UF Health Wellness seminar, Gainesville, FL (Aug. 2, 2017). Seminar recording: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/2499d52dd4a34d6786cd5317d8074a851d
  • Mindfulness training session (2 hrs.), S. Grunwald for first year medical students (CLG-1), UF Medical School, Organizer of CLG-1: I.M. Estores, UF Health Integrative Medicine Program. George T. Harrell M.D. Medical Education Bldg., Gainesville, FL (Oct. 4, 2017)
  • Mindfulness meditation session, S. Grunwald, and Yoga session, K. Holton, Wellness Administrative Retreat organized by Sheila Diuguid (UF HR) for faculty with administrative roles and Shands ACU Clinic Managers, Cypress Lodge, Lake Wauberg, Micanopy, FL (Oct. 5, 2017)
  • Workshop “Life Work Balance” (2 hrs.), S. Grunwald, Women in Science Group, American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America International Conference, Tampa, FL (Oct. 22-25, 2017)
  • Mindfulness information table at the UF Benefits & Wellness Fair, Gainesville, FL (Oct. 26, 2017)
  • Mindfulness meditation / contemplation – to unplug, find silence in the storm of a busy campus, distress, and reenergize – Reitz Union Reflection/Meditation room 3325, UF campus, Gainesville, FL (Sept. 1, Oct. 13, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1, 2017)
  • Mindfulness introduction and practice session, S. Grunwald, APhA-ASP Mental Health Awareness, University of Florida College of Pharmacy, UF Gainesville, FL (March 13, 2018)
  • Florida Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference, C. Lewis, Gainesville, FL (April 14, 2018).
  • Somatic meditation workshop (2 ½ hrs.), S. Grunwald, Integrative Medicine Conference “Flow: Mind, Movement, Energy & Integrative Pain Management”, Gainesville, FL, Medical School UF (April 21, 2018)
  • Mindfulness training sessions (75 min.) by C. Lewis, E. Lennes, and S. Grunwald for third year medical students (CLG-3), UF Medical School, Organizer of CLG-3: I.M. Estores, UF Health Integrative Medicine Program. George T. Harrell M.D. Medical Education Bldg., Gainesville, FL (May 1-2, 2018)
  • UF Mindfulness Mini-retreat (1/2 day). Sessions: Yoga, gong bath meditation, Jyoti meditation, embodied meditation, Vipasssana practices, and natural awareness practice. Facilitators/teachers: Grunwald, K. Holton, N. Lasseter, and L. Ritz, Shambhala Meditation Center, Gainesville, FL (May 19, 2018)
  • Practices of Mindfulness teaching, S. Grunwald, Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program, UF IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL (June 13-14, 2018)
  • UF Mindfulness weekly sessions (meditation and team meeting) Peabody Hall Rm 404, Mind-Body Room, Counseling and Wellness Center, UF. Facilitator: S. Grunwald and UF Mindfulness team (every Monday, January 8, 2018 to present).

Short Courses in GIS

Short Courses in GIS

GIS for Landscape Analysis: July 27-31, 2009 at ICRISAT, Patancheru/Hyderabad, India.

Applications in Land Resource Management: July 31 to August 4, 2006 at ICRISAT, Patancheru/Hyderabad, India.

Introduction to GIS Applications in Soil & Water Sciences: August 2002, 2003 and 2004; Gainesville, UF.



E-Tools and Reusable Learning Objects for Research, Teaching and Extension, Hyderabad/Patancheru, India, May 11-16, 2009.

Reusable Learning Objects – Agricultural Knowledge Initiative, Gainesville, UF, Feb. 4-5, 2008.

Reusable Learning Objects for Extension and Outreach, Gainesville, UF, Jan. 3, 2008.

Innovative e-Technologies for Distance Education and Extension/Outreach for Efficient Water Management, Hyderabad/Patancheru, India, March 5-9, 2007.

SWS Distance Education Training, Gainesville, UF, Sept. 16, 2004.

Distance Education Graduate Track in Env. Sci.

Distance Education Graduate Track in Environmental Science, Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida

Director / Coordinator of Distance Education Programs (11/2001 – 5/2011):

Dr. Grunwald

Information about the program: http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/distance

Center for Spirituality and Health, UF

Dr. Grunwald is participating member in the Center for Health and Spirituality, University of Florida.

The mission of the Center for Spirituality and Health is to pursue research and provide curriculum at the interface of spirituality and the health sciences. It is designed to promote within UF the rigorous, interdisciplinary study of the human experience of faith, belief and spiritual knowledge in relation to health at the individual, community and global levels. The Center will foster free and creative communication about these issues. We are also committed to the academic exploration of the wider contexts of spirituality, religion and sciences as a whole, using the interface of spirituality and health sciences to bring Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences into relationship.

Florida Climate Institute

Dr. Grunwald is participating member in the Florida Climate Institute.

The Florida Climate Institute is a multi-disciplinary network of universities in Florida working together and with external partners in the public and private sectors to achieve a better understanding of climate variability and change, impacts, and societal response. At the University of Florida branch, we achieve this through research, extension, and education across all colleges.

Water Institute, UF

Dr. Grunwald is participating member in the Water Institute, University of Florida.

Adequate water of sufficient quality is a pressing need for society as development pressures stress existing supplies. Competing demands for water require non-traditional solutions that must balance economic, environmental, and social factors. The mission of the University of Florida Water Institute is to meet this need by fostering interdisciplinary research, education, and public outreach programs designed to:

  • Improve understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes in aquatic systems (rivers, lakes, oceans, estuaries, wetlands, and ground waters).
  • Enhance understanding of how human activities and attitudes affect aquatic systems.
  • Develop and promote the adoption of improved methodologies for water management and policy development based on a strong background in water-related sciences, engineering, management and law.


School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), University of Florida

Dr. Grunwald is Affiliate Faculty in SNRE (graduate student advisor status).
SNRE offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Interdisciplinary Ecology. Information about the graduate programs can be found at:http://snre.ufl.edu/

Agricultural and Bioengineering Department (ABE), University of Florida

Dr. Grunwald is Affiliate Faculty in ABE (graduate student advisor status).

Research areas:
(1) Agrisystems engineering
(2) Biological engineering
(3) Land and Water Resource Engineering.

Interdisciplinary Concentration in Geographic Information Systems (ICGIS) – “GIS Certificate”

The Soil and Water Science Department is participating member of ICGIS. Dr.Grunwald is the appointed Representative of the Soil and Water Science Department to ICGIS. The goal of ICGIS is to integrate existing GIS resources on campus, to establish a standard set of courses and activities that  allow graduate students to become experts in the creation, study, and use of GIS/geospatial sciences. More information about ICGIS is available at: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/icgis/.