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Kamal  Alsharif

Kamal Alsharif

Kamal Alsharif
Associate Professor
& Graduate Program Director, Geography & Environmental Science and Policy


Office: NES 311
Phone: 813/974-4883



Dr. Alsharif has many years of working experience with formal and non-formal teaching settings. His education and experience cover the management, as well as, the technical aspect of the natural resources. He spent two years with AmeriCoprs in southern Minnesota doing environmental education. He is part of the new M.A. in Global Sustainability program at USF. Dr. Alsharif served on many university committees. For example he was the advisor for the Geography Club. He was the co-chair of Middle East Specialist Group with the Association of American Geographers for two years. He is also a member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the South-East Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG), and the Florida Society of Geographers. Dr. Alsharif enjoys the outdoors, and likes to go biking and hiking.


  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, St. Paul, Doctor of Philosophy, Water Resources Science, 12/2004. Dissertation title: Measuring the Efficiency of Water Use in the Palestinian Territories: A Data Envelopment Analysis Approach.
  • M.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato, Master of Science, Environmental Science, 12/1996. Thesis title: Nonpoint Source Pollution of Lake Shetek
  • B.S. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud. B.S. in Biology, 11/1992.

Professional Experience

  • 08/07 to Current University of South Florida. Environmental Science & Policy Program/Geography Department, Assistant Professor, Tampa, Fl.
  • 03/07 to 08/07 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Municipal Division, Project Specialist -St. Paul, MN.
  • 04/06 to 03/07 Silver Creek Institute, Executive Director and Director of Environmental Management and Health Division - Two Harbors, MN.
  • 09/02-01/05 Biology Department, Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth MN.
  • 12/97-05/02 Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (a State Regulatory Agency) and the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Water Resources Education Coordinator, Duluth, MN.
  • 09/95- 07/97 Youth Works*AmeriCorps, Mankato Cluster, Environmental Education Coordinator, Service Site University of Minnesota Extension Service, South Central Cluster, Le Center, MN.
  • 08/94 -08/95 Minnesota State University Mankato, Teacher Assistant in Biology, Mankato, MN.
  • 04/94 - 09/94 Water Resources Center at Minnesota State University, Research Assistant, Mankato, MN.



  • EVR 2002 Environmental Science
  • EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • EVR 4027 Wetland Environments
  • EVR 4930 Environmental Management
  • EVR 4930 Environmental Regulations
  • GEO 4284 Water Resources Management
  • GEO 4280 Hydrology
  • GEO 4910 Individual Research


  • EVR 6934 Environmental Management
  • EVR 6216 Water Quality Policy/Management
  • EVR 6908 ESP Independent Study
  • EVR 6971 Thesis: Masters


Dr. Kamal Alsharif’s research interest are in interdisciplinary water resources and watershed management, nonpoint source pollution, domestic water policy, stormwater management, Middle East water issues, water scarcity and hyrdropolitics, urban water management, and establishing environmental benchmarks by using data envelopment analysis. His current research topics include water irrigation policy in the Tampa Bay region, oxbow lakes restoration in the Caloosahatchee rive, domestic water management in the Middle East, “Adopt a Pond” program evaluation, and green streets establishment in Hillsborough County.

Graduate Students

Christopher Abraham, Justin Barthle, Kathryn Brewer, Michael Eduful, Kristopher Gallagher, George Giebel, Evan Healey, Natalie Kuraya-Ziyadeh, Lubana Mazumder, Robert Pannebaker, Anamarie Rivera, Molly Ross, Valerie Sadhoo, Kelly Swanson, Hannah Torres, Charles White

Specialty Area

Water Resources Management and Policy

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
12061EVR 6216901Water Qual Policy/Management

NES 102
13085EVR 6908001ESP Independent Study

10369GEO 6908001Independent Study
S-U Only

16218GEO 6918003Directed Research

13105GEO 6971002Thesis: Master's

13090EVR 6971003Thesis: Masters

13109GEO 7980001Doctoral Dissertation Research