Public higher education is more critical than ever in our knowledge-
powered, rapidly changing world. In the United States, 94 percent of
high school seniors want to go to college and for most of them it is
the primary path to a better life in an information-driven economy. Yet,
the global recession and its effects in Florida are negatively impacting
funding for higher education in our state. As state appropriations for
universities and colleges decrease, tuitions necessarily must rise. This
makes higher education less affordable and threatens to limit access for
many working families.
The Florida legislature this year is faced with the difficult task of
balancing the state's budget. While it is not easy, the state must sustain
viable levels of funding for our public colleges and universities. Doing
so is important because higher education provides both a private good
that benefits the student and a public good that benefits all of society.
As a private good, graduates with a Bachelor's degree make on average
60 percent higher lifetime earnings, are healthier and live longer when
compared to high school graduates. As a public benefit, college gradu-
ates pay higher taxes, have lower unemployment and health insurance
claims, and vote and volunteer more in their communities. Higher edu-
cation also drives the state's economy by creating high-paying compa-
nies and jobs.
For these reasons and others, it is important that government con-
tinue to be a partner in providing affordable and accessible higher edu-
cation. It is a long-term investment in the future health and prosperity
of both the individuals and our society as a whole.
At the same time, we must continually seek additional funding to sup-
plement state appropriations and tuition. External grants are one ex-
ample of additional funding and you can read about the largest grant
ever awarded to the SFRC in the article just below this one.
Another increasingly important source of funding is private philan-
thropy. Private donations to the university and SFRC truly help enrich the
programs we offer and provide scholarships to deserving students. The
SFRC is very fortunate to have had many benefactors through the years
who have established endowments at UF to benefit SFRC programs in
forest resources, geomatics and fisheries and aquatic sciences. In fact,
the SFRC has major endowments established by more than 25 families
who have made donations that provide lasting benefits in their name.
It is one of the most pleasant privileges I have had as Director to
announce the most recent endowment established by Wayne Smith
and Mitzi Austin. The fund will create a new faculty position called the
Wayne Smith and Mitzi Austin Profes-
sor of Forest Resources Law and Policy.
Wayne Smith, a long time faculty mem-
ber, served as Director of the SFRC I
from 1995-2003. His wife, Mitzi Austin,
was an attorney at a major law firm in
Gainesville. The generous endowment
reflects their desire to make a lasting
impact on our students, profession and
the forests of Florida and it will surely
Funding public higher education is
truly a public and private partnership.
We need state appropriations, external
grants and private donations to provide quality programs. The SFRC is
fortunate to have excellent faculty who bring in grants to fund research,
teaching and extension programs. We are equally fortunate to have such
strong alumni and stakeholder support. This combination is a winner!
Improving Pine M nagement i the Southeast
by Tom Nordlie and Tim Martin
A consortium led by SFRC faculty Tim Martin,
Martha Monroe and Gary Peter has been awarded
a five-year, $20 million federal grant to conduct re-
search, education and outreach to help landowners
and foresters throughout the region adapt to and
mitigate global climate change in planted pine for-
The award is, funded by the USDA's National Insti-
tute of Food and Agriculture, in a program intended
to enable important agricultural and natural re- Pictured left to
source commodity systems store more carbon, and G r &
to prepare these management systems for chang-
ing climate. Besides UF, the pine consortium includes 10 southeastern
land-grant universities, eight forestry research cooperatives, the U.S.
Forest Service, state climate offices and the multistate Southeast Cli-
The grant is one of the largest ever associated with
SUF said Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agricul-
ture and Natural Resources. "This is a tremendous
achievement for all of the collaborators, and dem-
onstrates the wisdom of taking a team approach to
bie challenges," Payne said. "People throughout the
southeast should be proud that this team has attract-
ed S20 million to improve the planted-pine industry,
one of our region's premier economic engines."
The grant funding will accelerate research, edu-
ht: Tim Martin, cation and outreach to develop and transfer better
artha Monroe management of southern pine, notably loblolly pine.
The fastest-growing and most popular lumber and
pulpwood species in the U.S., loblolly pine accounts for 80 percent of
planted forestland in the Southeast. (See "CARBON" inside )
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The SFRC has more than 50faculty who are awarded approximate-
ly $8 million annually in external grants and contracts to conduct
problem-solving research in geomatics, fisheries and aquatic sci-
ences, and forest resources and conservation.
Spinv Lobsters could be Key to Understanding Disease Dispersal
in the Ocean
The Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) is an important pred-
ator on coral reefs and supports a highly valued fishery through-
out the Caribbean Sea. However, not long ago Don Behringer
discovered a virus, Panulirus argus Virus 1 (PaV1), infecting these
lobsters. PaV1 is a lethal pathogen, primarily killing the smallest
juvenile lobsters, but adults potentially act as carriers showing
no obvious signs of infection. Lobsters can become infected with
PaV1 through consumption of infected tissue, close contact with
infected lobsters, or for very small lobsters just through seawater.
PaV1 has remarkable effects on lobster ecology, the most striking
being that healthy lobsters can detect (via olfaction) when another
lobster is infected and avoid it reducing their risk of being infect-
ed. Thus, normally social lobsters are nearly always found alone
Dr. Behringer's current National Science Foundation-sponsored re-
search project stems from stunning new evidence suggesting that
the lobster larvae, which spend 4-6 months in the open-ocean
plankton after hatching, may also act as carriers of PaV1 and dis-
tribute it around the Caribbean. In the Florida Keys, up to 30% of
the larvae arriving from other places in the Caribbean are posi-
tive for PaV1 but show no signs of infection. This indicates they
may also be carriers and may have acquired the virus from their
parents. He and his collaborators are currently conducting mating
experiments to determine if adult lobsters can pass PaV1 to their
larvae and are collecting samples from adults around the Carib-
bean to determine where PaV1 occurs. They will use this informa-
tion in a coupled biophysical model to determine how and where
PaV1 is transported. Most marine animals have life histories that
include planktonic larvae, and many are widely distributed. If in-
fected by pathogens, these "larval vectors" could provide an ef-
ficient mechanism for distributing diseases at high concentrations
directly into habitats where susceptible animals dwell. Thus, their
research on spiny lobsters could reveal a common mechanism for
disease dispersal in the marine realm.
The SFRC has 15 Extension Specialists throughout the state who imple-
ment a diversity of programs aimed to help stakeholders and policy
makers better understand how to manage and conserve natural re-
sources. You can search the following database for topics of interest
to you: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/index.jsp.
Celebrating the International Year of Forests 2011
Ms. Debra Wagner, fourth grade teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School,
was contacted in November by The American Forest Foundation and
asked to prepare the Florida Forest Exchange Box as part of the launch
of the International Year of Forests 2011 in New York City. Ms. Wag-
ner was selected as she was recognized as Florida's Project Learning
Tree outstanding educator of the year for 2010. In preparation for
this project Ms. Wagner visited Withlacoochee Forest Fire Training
Center in Brooksville, Kissimmee State Park and Ocala National For-
est to talk with the forest managers about their forests and the trees
that are the most prevalent for that ecosystem. A fellow teacher in
Fort Meyers sent some mangrove leaves from a city park to help her
students observe what mangrove leaves are like since Lakeland is an
The fourth grade classes at St. Paul Lutheran School began studying
Florida habitats this semester by reading "The Missing Gator of Gum-
bo Limbo" by Jean Craighead George. In this book students learned
about the variety of Florida ecosystems and the importance of each
different habitat. The students worked in small groups to research
the diversity of Pinelands, Cypress Forest, Hardwood Hammocks and
Mangroves. Each group investigated species of mammals, amphib-
ians, reptiles, fish, insects and plants and how they are interdepen-
dent. Murals were created showing the plants and animals that live
in each ecosystem they studied. Students also wrote thank you let-
ters to a species of tree that lived in the habitat they studied that ex-
pressed the benefits that each type of tree provides for that habitat.
Hands on environmental lessons were taught using Project Learning
Tree activities such as tree identification, understanding what condi-
tion each type of tree needs to live and grow, and the many uses of a
forest. Stories were also written from the perspective of the different
animals located in the habitats that the students studied. Their work
has been compiled to be sent to the United Nations in New York City
where it will be a part of a display of 50 Forest Exchange Boxes, one
from each state, for United Nations events promoting the Interna-
tional Year of Forests 2011.
Students of the Year
& Conservation -
- Kimberly Prince
Society of American
Senior Award Katie
Outstanding Graduate Students of the Year
Geomatics Ph.D. Ben Wilkinson
Advisers Bon Dewitt & Ahmed Mohamed
Forest Resources & Conservation Ph.D. -
Shelly Johnson (right) & Shoana Humphries
Advisers Damian Adams & Karen Kainer
Fisheries and Aquatic Science
Ph.D. Matthew Lauretta
Advisers Tom Frazer & Bill Pine
Teaching Assistant of the Year -
Adviser Michael Andreu
Geomatics Master's Adam Benjamin
Adviser- Ahmed Mohamed
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
KMlaster's Andrew Barbour
Adviser Don Behringer
> Forest Resources & Conservation Master's -
Mae Kiggins (pictured below)
Adviser Alan Long
> Andrew Barbour (pictured above) received the Jimmy Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence from the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences.
> Robert Hensley received the IFAS Graduate Research Award Masters of Science. His adviser is Matt Cohen.
Faculty and Staff
George Blakeslee received the SFRC
Distinguished Service Award and the
Senior Outstanding Teacher of the
Eric Jokela received the Junior Out-
standing Teacher of the Year Award.
The Students United in
the Research of Fisher-
ies student organization
named Shirley Baker (left)
the Faculty Member of the
Annie Oxarart was awarded the Programmatic
Outstanding Staff Member of the Year.
SMarie Meldrum was awarded
the School-Wide Outstanding
Staff Member of the Year.
Mae Kiggins received the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences Under-
graduate Adviser of the Year Award.
Martha Monroe (bottom right)
& Damian Adams (top left) were
named Faculty Members of the Year
by the Forestry Graduate Student
John M. Clyatt ('83) received the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award. Mr. Clyatt is a licensed Professional
Surveyor and Mapper and a 1983 honors graduate from the University of Florida. He is president of Pickett and
Associates Incorporated and the chair of the Geomatics Program Advisory Committee.
CARBON continued from front
"This project provides an unprecedented opportunity to integrate forestry research, outreach and education in the region, to address this important
societal challenge", Martin said.
Martin is the project director and one of four people overseeing efforts to integrate the project's main divisions, which address climate change via
mitigation, adaptation and outreach and education.
Martha Monroe, an SFRC Professor of Environmental Education, will integrate outreach and education. Gary Peter, Associate Professor of Genom-
ics with the School, will integrate efforts to help the industry and small landowners adapt to changing climate conditions and improve the resilience
of southern forests. Additional SFRC faculty participating in the project include Damian Adams (Natural Resource Economics and Policy), Doug
Carter (Forest Economics), Wendell Cropper (Biological Process Modeling), John Davis (Molecular Genetics) and Eric Jokela (Silviculture and Forest
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
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Appreciation for our Supporters
Without the support of friends we could not maintain our level of academic excellence.
Thank you to the following for their contributions to the School's Unrestricted Fund: William MacKay ('57), Karin Griggs, George Park ('54), J. Don-
ald Lewis Jr. ('69), Georgia Power matching Pamela Gattie's ('94) gift, Curtis Gardner, Norma Horan in memory of Doug Horan, Deborah McGrath
('98), C. Ken Smith ('96), Mark ('74) & Anne Miller, Marion Phillips ('52), Roger ('61) & Janie Bollinger, Greg ('88) & Martina Driskell, Soumya
Mohan ('04), Michael Rasser ('03), Gary ('77) & Aven Warner, Paul ('67) & Carole Mott, Till & Kathleen Lybass, and Donna Legare ('75) & Jody
Thank you to the following for their contributions to the University of Florida Forest Stewardship Program: Marden Industries, Inc., International
Forest Company, Buckeye Florida, L.P., Forestland Management, Inc., F&W Forestry Services, Inc., Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, Southern For-
estry Consultants, Inc., Blanton's Long Leaf Container Nursery, Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc., and National Wild Turkey Federation, Inc.
Thank you to Talbot & Kristie Menear for their contribution to the Winnie Menear Scholarship. Thank you to Terry McKay for his contribution to
the Surveying Support Fund. Thank you to Herbert & Carol Ireland and David & Bette Conde for their contributions to the Louis F. Conde Memorial
Scholarship Fund. Thank you to Jim & Joh-Nana Lybass for their contribution to the 2011 James H. and Joh-Nana Lybass Scholarships. Thank you
to Bill ('55) & Winifred Menear for their contribution to the William James Menear, Jr. Scholarship Fund.
Thank you to Petco for their support of Craig Watson's research and Jeffery Phipps for his support of Frank Chapman's research. Thank you to
Paul Zajicek for his support of the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin. Thanks to Phillip Rucks Citrus Nursey, Inc. and the International For-
est Company for their contributions to Don Rockwood's research. Thank you to Malcolm Minchin ('83) for his contribution to the Lewis H. Kent
Geomatics Endowment Fund. Thank you to Wayne Smith & Mitzi Austin for their contributions to the Wayne Smith Student Leadership Fund and
the John Gray Endowment for Excellence in Forest Resources and Conservation. Thanks to Mrs. Glenn Rankin for her contribution to the William
Paul Shelley, Sr. Memorial Fund in Forestry.