Webinars

Webinars provide a convenient and free professional development option for people who want to learn new strategies and tools without taking time off work and paying travel expenses. Each hour-long session will be recorded and available on our website to view whenever you'd like.

As of July 1, 2017, webinars will be be facilitated in Zoom. For help, see "Getting Started" on Zoom.com. Webinars that were recorded prior to this date were in Adobe Connect and must be converted for you to access them. Please bear with us as we make the transition.

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Past Webinars

December 8, 1-2pm » Would you choose an alternative landscape? Understanding the effects of visual appeal and maintenance requirements

Dr. Hayk KhachatryanHayk Khachatryan

It is well documented that in the past several decades, urban sprawl in the U.S. has substantially increased the area of extensively landscaped residential areas. Previous research showed that Florida homeowners consider well-maintained urban landscapes as positive socio-economic conditions.

However, the tradeoff that many homeowners do not consider (or are not aware of) is that improper landscaping practices may result in adverse environmental consequences, which will negatively affect the quality of Floridians’ lives over long term. Although alternative landscapes have the potential to improve natural resource conservation, maintenance requirements and curb appeal attributes are two major considerations that influence homeowners’ preferences and choice decisions.

In this workshop, researchers will discuss how homeowners visually examine different landscape designs (using eye tracking equipment) while providing ratings of perceived maintenance and visual appeal of such landscapes. Main determinants of Floridian homeowners’ demand for sustainable landscapes will be summarized.

Recorded Webinar

November 1, 10:30am » Extension Behavior Change: Introduction to Social Marketing Principles for Extension

Laura WarnerLisa KrimskyLaura Warner, Lisa Krimsky, and Laurie Albrecht

Social marketing is a research-based approach to bringing about behavior change that benefits the community and the individual. It is proven to be effective in a number of fields but is underutilized by Extension. In many cases, social marketing could help participants take the final step toward adopting best practices informed by emerging research (i.e., healthy lifestyle measures, water conservation techniques).

This training presents social marketing as an approach to creating behavior change in Extension programming. The speakers will present participants with an overview of this approach, followed by a discussion of the role of this strategy within the Extension system. Tools from the "social marketing toolbox" will be discussed, and examples from real UF/IFAS social marketing projects will be shared. Participants will also play a role in planning for future trainings on this topic.

Recorded Webinar

September 6, 1pm » Urban Trees and Stormwater Management – Transitioning from Gray to Green

Robert NorthropDr. Andrew KoeserRobert Northrop and Andrew Koeser

Trees offer a range of ecological benefits that include, but are not limited to, the reduction of stormwater runoff. As cities grow or redevelop, there are opportunities to reduce reliance on traditional gray infrastructure elements (e.g., drains and pipes) through the use of trees, green infrastructure, and knowledge of the site’s traditional natural hydrology. This session will highlight a recently completed, Forest Service-funded tool which helps urban foresters, planners, and civil engineers work together to identify the natural pathways of water and determine how best to treat water onsite using green infrastructure elements and the urban forest. Insights from Tampa, FL (United States) and Milwaukee, WI (United States) case studies will be shared. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

September 6, 2017 » The Perceptions of Home Irrigation Users on Water Quality and Quantity

Photos of the four speakers as listed below
Dr. Alexa Lamm, Dr. Laura Warner, Dr. Joy Rumble, Matthew Orwat

Home landscaping practices, such as fertilization and irrigation, can positively or negatively influence both water quality and quantity. Residents need to perceive that their landscape practices do influence both water quality and quantity in order to choose good techniques. This webinar will provide an overview of the research on home irrigation users and describe their perceptions about both water quality and quantity. The webinar will also discuss the effect of short videos on water quality and conservation behaviors. The speakers will highlight some of the differences and similarities identified and discuss the influence of video message design. They will also discuss practical implications and opportunities for researchers and Extension to promote good landscaping practices that will protect both water quality and quantity.​​

This webinar will feature research produced jointly by the University of Florida Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (PIE Center) and the CLCE.

January 26, 2017 » Measuring Outcomes and Impacts of UF/IFAS Urban Water Conservation Extension Programming: 2017 Update

Laura Warner and Michael Dukes, Tatiana Borisova, Lincoln Zotarelli, Esen Momol

As a part of the UF/IFAS Extension Initiative II "Enhancing and Protecting Water Quality, Quantity, and Supply," a team of Florida Extension agents and specialists have been collaborating to ensure UF/IFAS is documenting progress on this part of the roadmap. The evaluation strategy is based on University of Florida research on water-saving technologies (such as rain sensors) and practices (such as reduction of irrigation frequency). The purpose of this in-service training was to update participants on the statewide progress toward the UF/IFAS urban water conservation element of the UF/IFAS roadmap, engage them in measuring water savings as a result of their programming, and provide opportunities to become more involved in the project going forward.


October 27, 2016 » Extension Behavior Change: Introduction to Social Marketing Principles for Extension In-Service Training 2017 (IST #31257)

Laura WarnerPaul Monaghan Laura Warner, Paul Monaghan

Social marketing is a research-based approach to bringing about change, and while it holds a lot of value for UF/IFAS Extension, we have only minimally explored the potential of this approach to programming. Social marketing applies principles of traditional marketing to address complex issues and bring about change that benefits the extension client, their community, and/or the environment. For many, this is an important strategy to incorporate into existing educational activities, because many social marketing tools can increase our impact, and can be developed at no cost to the organization.

This training will present social marketing as an approach to creating behavior change in Extension programming. The speakers will present participants with an overview of this approach, followed by a discussion of the role of this strategy within the Extension system. Tools from the "social marketing toolbox" will be discussed. Participants will play a role in planning for future trainings on this topic.The goal is to increase awareness of an underused approach, encourage agents to incorporate the tools/principles of social marketing into their programs, and pursue some of our more in-depth trainings on social marketing.

Recorded Webinar


March 16, 2016 » Extension Behavior Change: Evaluating Individual Contact Teaching

Laura Warner Laura Warner

Many horticultural Extension professionals conduct numerous consulting phone calls, emails, office visits, and site visits to solve landscape-related problems and concerns. These individual teaching methods are valuable to clients, but can be challenging to evaluate. The goal of this webinar is to present strategies for measuring behavior change as a result of landscape site visits and individual consultations in Extension programming.

The speaker, Dr. Laura Warner will present participants with an overview of suggested strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to share additional methods used in their individual programs and will play a role in planning for future trainings on this topic.

Recorded Webinar


January 13, 2016 » Introduction to Trees and Tree Selection

Andrew Koeser Andrew Koeser

Dr. Andrew Koeser will present an introduction to trees and how to select trees.

Dr. Koeser is an assistant professor of landscape management. His lab is is located at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Hillsborough County. He is also a Master Arborist, board-certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.


Recorded Webinar


December 9, 2015 » Landscape Weeds and Mulch

Chris Marble Chris Marble

Dr. Marble will present updated research on managing weeds in the Florida landscape and updated mulch information.


Recorded Webinar


October 22, 2015 » Extension Behavior Change: Introduction to Social Marketing

Laura WarnerPaul Monaghan Laura Warner, Paul Monaghan

The goal of this webinar is to present social marketing as an approach to creating behavior change in Extension programming. Dr. Laura Warner and Dr. Paul Monaghan will present an overview of this approach, followed by a discussion of the role of this strategy within the Extension system. Participants will discuss aspects of social marketing including behavior identification, audience analysis, strategies for behavior change, and implementation and evaluation.


Recorded Webinar


January 23, 2015 » Sustainable Roses: Chili Thrip Research (Part 4 of 4-part Series)

Steven ArthursSteven Arthurs

Join UF/IFAS Entomologist Dr. Steven Arthurs as he presents about roses and chili thrips. He will discuss current research on chili thrips and possible management techniques.


Resources


November 12, 2014 » Sustainable Roses: IPM and Emerging Pests & Diseases (Part 3 of 4-part Series)

Matt OrwatMatt Orwat

Join Horticulture Agent Matt Orwat as he presents information on sustainable roses. They will discuss Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices for roses as well as emerging pests and diseases, such as rose rosette virus, and how you can manage them. This webinar is the third in a 4-part series. Dr. Steven Arthurs will discuss chili thrip research in January.

Download the Sustainable Roses Webinar Agenda and Prep Guide (PDF)

Resources


September 25, 2014 » How can we lower the barriers to adoption of smart irrigation technologies?

Paul MonaghanPaul Monaghan

Join Dr. Paul Monaghan as he provides research results and recommendations on practices to lower adoption barriers of smart irrigation technologies among extension clientele. He'll be joined by UF/IFAS economists, Drs. Hayk Khachatryan and Tatiana Borisova.


September 10, 2014 » Sustainable Roses: Cultivar Selection (Part 2 of 3-part Series)

Matt OrwatSydney Park BrownMatt Orwat, Sydney Park Brown

Join Horticulture Agent Matt Orwat and Consumer Horticulture Specialist Dr. Sydney Park Brown as they present about sustainable roses. They will discuss cultivars that do well in Florida and show results from some of the research trials that have been conducted around the state. This webinar is the second in a 3-part series: they'll cover "IPM and Emerging Pests & Diseases" on November 12.

Resources


August 21, 2014 » Are homeowners willing to pay a premium price for eco-friendly lawn fertilizer?

Dr. KhachatryanHayk Khachatryan

Join Dr. Hayk Khachatryan as he presents the results to the research question, "Are homeowners willing to pay a premium price for eco-friendly lawn fertilizer?" Discussion time will be available as well as possible recommendations for marketing fertilizer.


Recorded Webinar


July 16, 2014 » Sustainable Roses: General Care (Part 1 of 3-part Series)

Matt OrwatSydney Park BrownMatt Orwat, Sydney Park Brown

Join Horticulture Agent Matt Orwat and Consumer Horticulture Specialist Dr. Sydney Park Brown as they present about sustainable roses. They will discuss Florida rose care and give you expert tips on how to have a beautiful roses. This webinar is the first in a 3-part series: they'll cover "Cultivar Selection" on September 10 and "IPM and Emerging Pests & Diseases" on November 12.

Resources


June 18, 2014 » Pest Diagnostic Websites and Mobile Applications

Dr. Steven ArthursSteven Arthurs, Amanda Hodges

In this webinar we will review "Landscape Pest" and other mobile friendly websites and applications for diagnosing common pest problems on ornamental and citrus plants.


Recorded Webinar


May 14, 2014 » Economic Outlook for the Florida Horticulture Industry

Dr. Hayk KhachatryanHayk Khachatryan

Join Dr. Hayk Khachatryan as he presents the current economic outlook for Florida's horticulture industry. The presentation will be followed by an FNGLA-moderated question time.

Log in to the webinar 10 minutes ahead of time at http://ufifas.adobeconnect.com/clce/ to check your connection and speakers.


April 16, 2014 » Extension Behavior Change: Measuring Outcomes of Landscape Site Visits and Individual Teachings

Dr. Laura WarnerLaura Warner

Many horticultural Extension professionals conduct numerous consulting phone calls, emails, office visits, and site visits to solve landscape-related problems and concerns. These individual teaching methods are valuable to clients, but can be challenging to evaluate. The goal of this webinar is to present strategies for measuring behavior change as a result of landscape site visits and individual consultations in Extension programming.

The speaker will present participants with an overview of suggested strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to share additional methods used in their individual programs and will play a role in planning for future trainings on this topic.


Dr. Warner has made her notes and presentation materials for this webinar available:


March 12, 2014» State of the Florida Master Gardener Program

Tom Wichman

Review the 2013 Florida Master Gardener program year and hear the results of the 2013 annual report. Then, look forward to 2014 and beyond to see what exciting things are in store for the nearly 5,000 Master Gardeners in Florida.




February 25, 2014 » Extension Behavior Change: Introduction to Social Marketing Principles for Extension In-Service Training 2014 (IST #30815)

Paul Monaghan Laura WarnerLaura Warner, Paul Monaghan


The intended audience is Extension professionals working in any discipline. The goal of this webinar is to present social marketing as an approach to creating behavior change in Extension programming. The speakers will present participants with an overview of this approach, followed by a discussion of the role of this strategy within the Extension system. Participants will play a role in planning for future trainings on this topic.