2008 Florida Bay and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Conference



The Florida Bay and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Conference is a forum for researchers to exchange technical information, to share that information with resource managers and other interested conference attendees, and to establish collaborative partnerships. The conference provides scientists AND MANAGERS an opportunity to highlight their work through oral and poster presentations and open discussions.

All scientists and resource managers working in Florida Bay and adjacent systems are strongly encouraged to attend this conference to share information about their work and establish new avenues of collaboration. Florida Bay is attended by an average of 200-225 attendees – a comfortable size that promotes interaction and networking amongst colleagues at all levels – an ideal setting for the exchange of valuable information.

To give you an idea of the type of information being presented at the conference, we invite you to watch these interviews with a few key individuals actively working in Florida Bay.

Patrick Pitts, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, USFWS
Email: patrick_pitts@fws.gov

Patrick Pitts has been involved in South Florida coastal, estuarine, and wetland research and management for the past 25 years. His work at the US Fish and Wildlife Service is focused on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), with particular emphasis on the downstream end of the system. He develops system-wide and project-level performance measures, ecological evaluation methods, and assesses the current hydrologic and ecologic status of Florida’s southern estuaries as it relates to CERP.

David Hallac, Chief, Biological Resources Branch, National Park Service
Email: David_Hallac@nps.gov

David Hallac serves as Chief of the Biological Resources Branch at Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. He directs a branch that conducts natural resource management, restoration planning, inventory and monitoring, and invasive species management. David has experience on issues related to recreation in National Parks, fish and wildlife biology, and wetland restoration.

William Dennison, Vice President for Science Applications, UMCES
Email: dennison@umces.edu

Dr. Bill Dennison is the Vice President for Science Applications at the University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science. He is a marine ecologist with a specialty in ecophysiology of marine plants and has conducted coastal marine research in all of the world’s oceans.

Christopher S. Martens, Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Chris Martens is the W.B. Aycock Distinguished Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His major research interests are biogeochemical processes controlling C, N and S cycling in coastal environments and tropical rain forests, gas hydrates in the deep sea and science education. Educated at Florida State University and Yale University, Chris is an avid SCUBA diver and boater. He is a recipient of the 1984 and 1998 Best Paper Awards from The Geochemical Society, the Bostwick H. Ketchum Award for Leadership in Coastal Oceanography from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and is a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Organic Geochemists.

Jerry Lorenz, State Research Director, Audubon of Florida
Email: jlorenz@audubon.org

As director of research for Audubon of Florida, Dr. Jerry Lorenz overseas research projects with conservation implications. His primary focus is applied research to Everglades and Florida Bay restoration through studies of indicator species such as roseate spoonbills and prey base fishes. He has 20 years of experience in Florida Bay studies and supervises projects in the Big Cypress Swamp, Tampa Bay and Central Florida ecosystems. With a staff of 20 plus researchers, Jerry manages an annual budget in excess of $1.5 million in research grants.

Peter Ortner, Director, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), University of Miami
Email: portner@rsmas.miami.edu

As the Director of the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School's Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Dr. Peter Ortner heads a diverse interdisciplinary academic research enterprise supporting science programs such as the Florida Bay Science Program. Until retiring from NOAA he served as the federal co-chair of the Florida Bay Science program and the long term manager of NOAA's South Florida program. He still represents NOAA to the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and serves on the interagency science leadership group for CERP. As a Professor at UM/RSMAS his graduate students and post-doctoral investigators continue to work in and around the South Florida ecosystem including Florida Bay.

Lynn Wingard, Geologist, Project Chief, U.S. Geological Survey
Email: lwingard@usgs.gov

Dr. Lynn Wingard has been a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1991, and is currently the project chief of the US Geological Survey’s Ecosystem History of South Florida’s Estuaries Project. Her research specialization is in the application of paleoecologic techniques to the interpretation of Holocene marine and estuarine ecosystems. Since 1995 her research has focused on the natural and anthropogenic changes to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks’ ecosystems.

Poster Presenter Interviews

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