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Vol.1 Issue 1


Fall 2005

Hurricane Charley makes landfall August 13, 2004 at Charlotte Harbor in southwest Florida as
a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 MPH.

Stormy Weather Ahead

Katrina, Jeanne, Frances, Charley,
and Ivan are familiar names to
all of us. Unfortunately, they are
not the names of our children or
grandchildren coming for a sum-
mer visit. But based on historical
records, Florida can expect them
and their friends to visit more
often over the coming years, and
yes, decades.
Much about hurricanes and
tropical storms has been spoken
and written regarding their

impacts during the last few
years. Certainly, the human
and economic impacts of these
natural events have become more
devastating as our coastal popula-
tions have increased dramatically.
If history repeats itself, the state
will have more storms and be in
more frequent recovery mode for
the next few decades.
Analyses of storm records
from more than ioo years show
Stormy Weather on page 2

Thoughts from
the Dean and

We are pleased to introduce the
first issue of The SNRE Source
created to share news with
you-our alumni, friends, and
supporters of the School of Natu-
ral Resources and Environment.
This is a time of exciting change
for the school.
Ten years ago we opened our
doors as the College of Natural
Resources and Environment, a
"virtual" college with all faculty
residing in existing University of
Florida academic units. In 2002,
the UF Strategic Plan recom-
mended strengthening environ-
mental programs and relocated
us into the College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences as a school.
This change brought many
advantages. As the newly formed
School of Natural Resources and
Environment (SNRE), we added
a research and outreach/exten-
sion component by incorporating
the former Center for Natural
Resources, which originally was

Dean and Directors on page 2

"Green" Building Program Offers Solutionsfor Development
Graduate Student Photographs Africa's Diversity
Science Fellowship Program Studies Effects of Everglades Restoration

Stormy Weather
continued from page 1

that multi-decadal cycles exist
in the frequency of hurricanes
and tropical storms. The cycle of
Florida storms based on histori-
cal records is approximately 60-
70 years from peak to peak. The
cycle is also geographic in nature.
A 1992 article in the Bulletin
of the American Meteorological
Society by William Gray and
Christopher Landsea indicates
that seasonal and multi-decadal
variations of intense hurricane
activity on the U.S. East Coast are
closely associated with above av-
erage seasonal and multi-decadal
summer rainfall amounts in
certain regions of Western Africa.
Periods of higher rainfall there
cause a larger number of U.S.
East Coast storms. Gulf of Mex-
ico storms are highly dependent
upon meteorological conditions
in the Western Caribbean and the
Gulf of Mexico.
A 2001 article authored by
a team of researchers led by
Stanley Goldenberg in Science
attributed the recent increase in
hurricane activity in the Atlantic
Basin to simultaneous increases
in North Atlantic sea-surface
temperatures and changes in
the speed of winds at different

Almost 80 percent of Florida's population
lives in coastal counties.

From 1960 to 1990, the time
of the lowest frequency of hur-
ricanes and tropical storms
in Florida on record, Florida's
population grew from 4.6 mil-
lion to I2.9 million. This means
that about two-thirds of Florida's
population became residents
during the least active hurricane
period on record. Perhaps they
have been lulled into a false
sense of security about the
potential impacts of hurricanes
and tropical storms.
By most indications, however,
Floridians can anticipate more
severe weather and increasing
devastation. The current popu-
lation of Florida is about 17.5
million. By 2025, the population
is predicted to be about 23 mil-
lion. Today, almost 80 percent
of Florida's population lives
in the 35 coastal counties, and
almost 80 percent of the state's
economic activity occurs in these
Since there will be huge num-
bers of new residents in the state,
most of them on the coast, the
impact of an increased number of
storms will be much more dra-
matic, from both a personal safety
and an economic perspective.
The 2004 series of major
storms affected 15 states and cost
billions of dollars in damages.
The economic damage caused
by Katrina may equal about 25
percent of the cost of all storms
to date and substantially add to
the total number of deaths.
If the frequency of storms
returns to historical levels, then
the loss in human lives and
economic value has the potential
to be staggering.
For more on this and other
stories, visit The SNRE Source
online at http://snre.ufl.edu/
news/source.htm. e

Dean and Directors
continued from page 1

Left to Right: James C. Cato, Senior Associate
Dean and Director; Stephen S. Mulkey, Direc-
tor of Research and Outreach/Extension
Programs; Stephen R. Humphrey, Director of
Academic Programs

established in 1973 to promote
research and extension. We now
have a new constitution and
governing structure, including an
advisory board, faculty advisory
council, and external advisory
The School of Natural Resources
and Environment offers campus-
wide, interdisciplinary degree
programs at both the undergrad-
uate and graduate levels. Eleven
colleges/units and 300 affiliated
faculty participate in SNRE,
contributing to the university's
interdisciplinary initiative in ecol-
ogy and environment. Work is
under way to advance our school
to the next level. The university
is providing us with additional
money to fund research and
outreach, support graduate
students, and hire teachers and
researchers. We are excited about
our progress and wish to convey
the enthusiasm and energy that
make the School of Natural
Resources and Environment so
special. e

'Green' Building

Program Offers

Solutions for


As the boom in residential con-
struction alters Florida's environ-
ment and boost the demand for
energy and water, a new program
at the University of Florida
promotes managing natural
resources in a more efficient way
while maintaining the economic
benefits of growth.
The Program for Resource Ef-
ficient Communities encourages
resource-efficient development
practices by working with build-
ers, architects, and other profes-
sionals involved in the many
phases of residential community
"Many new residential devel-
opments are master-planned
communities with thousands of
homes consuming large amounts
of energy and raw materials,"
said Pierce Jones, director of the

program. "These communities
represent a major change in land
use from agricultural and natural
areas to urban or suburban. De-
velopers buy large tracts of land,
and their decisions can affect
entire ecological systems."
Jones said the program
matches the knowledge of UF
faculty with the needs of develop-
ers. Participating faculty have
expertise in areas such as envi-
ronmental engineering, energy,
water, wildlife, forestry, landscape
architecture, and building con-
struction. The program works
within the School of Natural
Resources and Environment,
which has the mission of leading
initiatives to resolve environmen-
tal issues by supporting collabo-
rations among UF faculty and
external stakeholders.
"The Program for Resource
Efficient Communities aligns
well within our mission," said
Stephen Mulkey, SNRE director
of Research and Outreach/ex-
tension. "We provide a way for
the program to access county
extension offices and UF faculty
campus-wide to address the issue
of growth in our state," he said.


The Program for Resource Efficient Communities participated in the design and development
of Madera, a "green" community adjacent to the UF campus. Dr. Pierce Jones (left) and Dr.
Stephen Mulkey show an insulated concrete form, a technology that promotes energy efficiency
and produces strengthened wall systems capable ofwithstanding high winds.

"The program has shown that we
can meet the needs of develop-
ment and do it in a sustainable
The Program for Resource
Efficient Communities recently
worked with developers of the
Harmony, Fla. community. All
7,200 homes in Harmony will be
built to meet or exceed the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agen-
cy's ENERGY STAR standards.
This means lower electric bills
for each homeowner. The overall
result is a reduction in the de-
mand for power generation and
the need to burn fossil fuels.
Jones said in addition to a
savings on the electric bill, water-
efficient fixtures and appliances
conserve water. Durable and
recyclable construction materi-
als reduce the amount of waste
going to the landfill. Landscaping
with native and drought-tolerant
plants further reduces water
consumption and the amount
of turf, pesticides, and fertilizers
More than 7,000 acres of
Harmony's total II,ooo acres
exist as open space devoted to
woods, wetlands, and recreation
available to residents. The golf
course wraps around existing
wetlands and was designed to
preserve the diverse plant and
animal life found there.
"Developers are beginning to
realize they can offer open space
as an amenity and build other
amenities like golf courses to
enhance the natural environment
rather than degrade it," Jones
Some cities in Florida are
providing incentives for builders
to use "green" building methods.
The city of Gainesville recently
began a green building program
to promote the voluntary use of

'Green' Building Solutions
continued from page 3

sustainable practices in design
and construction. The city uses
standards developed by the Flor-
ida Green Building Coalition and
the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Program for Resource Effi-
cient Communities evaluates these
certification standards for best
design and management practices.
Builders who follow the standards
receive fast-track permitting and a
50 percent reduction in permitting
The Program for Resource Effi-
cient Communities evaluates and
promotes several other "green"
certification programs, including
Audubon International's Signa-
ture Programs, a series of non-
profit education and assistance
programs to help landowners,
managers, and developers follow
sustainable practices. In addi-
tion to reviewing certification
standards, the program teaches
continuing education courses
that satisfy state of Florida licen-
sure and professional association
"We want to show everyone
from developers and homeown-
ers to realtors and mortgage
bankers that energy efficiency
adds value to a home while
helping to conserve our natural
resources," Jones said. "In the
face of Florida's rapid growth,
green building methods can help
to preserve and even enhance our
quality of life." e

Web Resource
Dr. Pierce Jones




e. e N

Everglades National Park


Science Fellowship Program Studies

Effects of Everglades Restoration

The School of Natural Resources
and Environment has partnered
with the National Park Service
through a South Florida/Carib-
bean-Cooperative Ecosystems
Studies Unit agreement on a
two-year, $575,000 grant, "Sci-
ence Fellowships in Everglades
Restoration Ecology."
The goal of the postdoctoral
fellowship program is to develop
and apply methods for evaluating
the effects of the Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration Plan
(CERP) on wildlife and fishery
resources, vegetation dynamics,
water quality, and key ecologi-
cal processes in the Everglades
ecosystem. Fellows are part of
a multidisciplinary group of
specialists at the South Florida
Natural Resources Center
in Everglades National Park,
Homestead, Fla. Tonya How-
ington oversees the program and
Stephen Humphrey, director of
SNRE Academic Programs, is the
principal investigator.

Current postdoctoral fellows
are Douglas Donalson and
Cristina Ugarte. Faculty advisers
include Donald DeAngelis, U.S.
Geological Survey/University of
Miami and Frank Mazzotti, Fort
Lauderdale Research and Educa-
tion Center. National Park Service
advisers include Quan Dong and
Oron L. Bass, Jr.
Tae-Woong Kim was a former
postdoctoral fellow with Uni-
versity of Miami faculty adviser
David Chin and National Park
Service adviser Hosung Ahn. e

Dr. Stephen R. Humphrey


Territorial displays of Hippopotamus amphibious involve tusklike 6o-centimeter canines weighing almost 3 kilos in a mouth that can open to 120
centimeters. Valued for superior ivory, meat, and hide, hippos face threats across Africa; the Gamba Complex is an important refuge for hippos
in Gabon.

Graduate Student Photographs Africa's Diversity

School of Natural Resources and
Environment interdisciplinary
ecology graduate student Carlton
Ward, Jr. has combined his inter-
est in ecology with his talent for
Ward spent more than seven
months in the field photograph-
ing the unique landscapes and
biological diversity of Gabon in
central Africa. The result of his
efforts and those of the Smith-
sonian Institution's Monitoring
and Assessment of Biodiversity
Program have been published in
a 320-page book titled The Edge
of Africa (Hylas Press). Ward's

mission in Gabon was to raise
awareness about environmental
issues through photography.
"Carlton's extraordinary book
shows the power of an inter-
disciplinary approach," said
Stephen Humphrey, director
of SNRE Academic Programs.
"He's combined the intellectual
rigor of environmental science
with the effectiveness of a pro-
fessional communicator, and
he's juxtaposed the interaction
of biological and human com-
munities, both depending on the
natural world."

Ward chose the School of Natu-
ral Resources and Environment
because of the interdisciplinary
structure of its master's program.
Ward completed his course work
in science and his thesis through
the College of Journalism and
Communications, where he
became the first UF graduate
student to combine the inter-
disciplinary ecology curriculum
with photojournalism.
Ward recently founded the
Legacy Institute for Nature and
Culture. The institute's mission
is to raise awareness for natural
environments and cultural lega-

Carlton Ward
continued from page 5


Professionals Learn to Resolve

T Environmental Conflicts

(L-R) Carlton Ward, Jr. with Gabon's presi-
dent Omar Bongo and ecologist Michelle Lee
at a UN reception.

cies, educate about important
connections between human
societies and natural ecosystems,
and promote conservation of
natural heritage for the bet-
terment of present and future
generations. e

Web Resources
UF's Explore magazine
tions/explore/vo8n2 /feature_
Legacy Institute for Nature and

The Florida Natural Resources
Leadership Institute trains
professionals from Florida's
agencies, industries, and organi-
zations to deal with controversial
environmental issues related to
their jobs.
Participants in the program
learn the skills needed to build
consensus around contentious
issues and move beyond con-
flict to find solutions. Training
includes tours of key natural
resource sites around the state.
Institute graduates go on to help
citizens, policymakers, and other
stakeholders reach mutually
acceptable solutions to the often
conflicting goals of protecting
the environment while fostering
economic development.
The School of Natural Re-
sources and Environment hosts

the program in collaboration
with the Florida Conflict Resolu-
tion Consortium and the UF
Institute of Food and Agricul-
tural Sciences. Other sponsors
include Progress Energy, Florida
Sea Grant, Florida Farm Bureau
Federation, and the South Florida
Water Management District.
The 2006 program will em-
phasize growth management
issues to prepare graduates to
deal constructively with Florida's
explosive growth. For more in-
formation, please contact Bruce
Delaney. e

Web Resource
Bruce Delaney

Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute class members board a dragline bucket at the
IMC Global, Inc. four corners mine (where four county borders meet-Hillsborough, Manatee,
Hardee, and Polk). This class session focused on the reclamation of mined lands and the con-
troversy created as mining companies seekto open new excavation sites near eco-conscious


The graduate
degree program in
Interdisciplinary Ecology
has grown steadily
from 21 students at its
inception in 1999 to 118


The Nature Conservancy and
SNRE Offer Training Program
to Help Land Managers

To help meet the growing need
for professionals who manage,
protect, and restore important
natural areas in Florida, The
Nature Conservancy is offering
a training program in coopera-
tion with the School of Natural
Resources and Environment and
the UF Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences.

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Natural Areas Training Academy participants
conduct a field exercise during the Manag-
ing for Diversity across Florida's Unique
Landscapes workshop.

The Natural Areas Training
Academy is designed for public
and private resource managers.
Participants who complete a
series of five workshops earn
a Certificate in Natural Areas
Management. This certification
has been adopted by five Florida
counties as a basic qualification
for land management work. The
workshops have been endorsed

by the Natural Areas Association
and used as a template to estab-
lish nationwide standards for
conservation land management
The academy training program
is also supported by the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and the Florida
Park Service, which may make
the training a basic requirement
for managers in the state park
system. e

Web Resource
Dr. Doug Shaw

New Web Site Launched for
Land Managers

In collaboration with The Nature
Conservancy, EarthBalance, Inc.,
and the Florida Park Service,
SNRE has launched the new
Conservation Notes Web site.
This Web site allows land manag-
ers to share information quickly
and easily so that lessons learned
can rapidly percolate throughout
the land management commu-
nity. e

Web Resource

SNRE Mini-grant Program
Supports Interdisciplinary

The environmental challenges
of the 2ist century are complex
and require an interdisciplinary
approach to finding solutions.
Responding to the need for sci-
ence-based, integrative research,
SNRE offers a Mini-grant Pro-
gram for UF faculty.
The program is highly suc-
cessful at leveraging additional
research dollars and encouraging
collaboration. Figures for 2003-
04 show that approximately
$25 in additional funding was
generated for every $i allocated
through the program. Project
collaborators represented 19
departments within five colleges,
ii county extension offices, and
Florida Sea Grant. Several proj-
ects also involved governmental
agencies and the private sector.
During 2004-05 and 2005-06,
the Mini-grant Program allocated
a total of $340,000. Additional
figures for the 2004-05 Mini-
grant Program will be available
next year.
In addition to SNRE funds, fi-
nancial support for this program
is provided by the deans for the
colleges of Agricultural and Life
Sciences, Engineering, Liberal
Arts and Sciences, and Veterinary
Medicine; the IFAS Dean for
Research; and the Vice President
for Research. e

Web Resource


SNRE Partners with
The Conservancy of
Southwest Florida

The School of Natural Resources
and Environment has signed a
memorandum of understanding
with The Conservancy of South-
west Florida to raise funds in sup-
port of UF faculty, students, and
the conservancy for joint research
and education projects of impor-
tance to southwest Florida. e

Web Resource

SNRE and New College Plan
Joint Degree Program

The School of Natural Resources
and Environment and New Col-
lege of Florida are currently de-
signing a program that will allow
select upper-division students in
Environmental Studies at New
College to finish their last year at
UF and complete two more years
of a master's degree in Interdisci-
plinary Ecology at UF. e

Web Resource


SNRE won a
Golden Web Award in
recognition of creativity,
integrity, and excellence
on the Web.


.- Peter Hilde-
brand draws
on a lifetime
of experi-
ences to help
find ways
to reduce
poverty and
increase food
security in developing countries
by improving small-scale farm-
ing systems.
"This research is critical be-
cause a large part of the world's
population of farmers operate
small-scale, family farms,"
Hildebrand said.
Hildebrand's international
background encompasses work
in more than 30 countries over
40 years.
Many of his American students
are former Peace Corps volun-
teers who, along with his foreign
students, are now conducting
research in developing countries.
Some of the research includes
evaluating farms in the peripher-
ies of protected areas, studying
the impact of market potential
on biodiversity in home gardens,
and researching the potential
for connecting fragments of a
biosphere reserve via small-farm

"These areas of study require
people with broad knowledge
rather than highly specialized
training. The School of Natural
Resources and Environment
provides students with the
multidisciplinary background
they will need."
Peter Hildebrand


School of
S Natural
* i and Envi-
r i ronment
S ate Nichole
"S has received
a BS in envi-
ronmental science with a minor
in agricultural law.
During her years in SNRE,
she served as undergraduate
president of the SNRE student
"SNRE has truly fostered my
leadership development during
my time at the University of
Florida," she said. "Without the
personalized experience and
academic support I received from
SNRE, I don't think I could have
made it at such a large university
as UF."
Lynch-Cruz plans to pursue a
master's degree in public admin-
istration and environmental sci-
ence and policy from Columbia
University and then apply to law
school. She hopes to become a
politician at the federal level and
advocate environmental causes.

"I owe all of my accomplish-
ments to SNRE. I hope that
someday I can give back as
much as they have given me."
Nichole Lynch-Cruz


2004 and 2005 Student

Graduate Alumni Fellowships
Danny Coenen
Jean-Gael Emptaz-Collomb
Amy Daniels
Matthew Kopka
Kristen Marshall Mattson
David Wilsey
Presidential Fellowships
Smriti Bhotika
Douglas Fraiser
Grinter Fellowships
Melina Farve
Jenny Haddle
Heather Loring
Kari MacLauchlin

William Bartram Scholarships
Jennifer Hall
Vanessa Lochner

College of Agricultural and
Life Sciences Undergraduate
Thomas Fouke, Jr.
Sara Leitman
Sally Riewe
Claire Sunquist

Florida Rural Rehabilitation
Corporation Award
Timia Thompson
Timer Powers

School of
and Envi-
graduate Hal
Knowles is
using his
training as part of a diverse
team of professionals working
to implement resource-efficient
practices in Florida's new resi-
dential developments.
In 2004, Knowles received an
MS in interdisciplinary ecology
and has since become coordina-
tor for the Program for Resource
Efficient Communities, a new
program within the School of
Natural Resources and Environ-
ment (see story page 3).
"The School of Natural
Resources and Environment
provided an excellent educational
opportunity that has benefited
me both on a professional and
personal level," Knowles said.

"The unparalleled scope and
flexibility of the interdisciplin-
ary ecology curriculum, not
only met my desire for a broad
exposure to sustainability, but
also opened my eyes to new
ways of thinking about the
Hal Knowles

Graduate News

Victor Cabrera (PhD '04) is a research
scientist for the Southeast Climate
Teal Chiabotti (BS 'oi and MS '04) also
completed a master's in business
management at UF and works as a
consultant for W&M Environmental
Group, Inc. in Plano, TX.
Julie (Pennington) Clark (MS 'oI) is a
greenway planner in Charlotte, N.C.
Jamie Duberstein (MS '04) works with
the Florida Cooperative Fish and
Wildlife Research Unit as a wildlife
biologist and plans to begin a doctoral
Maria Cecilia Ferreyra (MS 'oI) entered
the doctoral program at the University
of Guelph, Canada.
William T. (Bil) Grauel (PhD '04) is the
fire use specialist for the San Carlos
Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona.
Amy Miller Jenkins (MS '02) is senior
botanist with the Florida Natural Areas
Inventory in Tallahassee.
Nicole Kibert (MS 'oo) received a law
degree from UF and is an attorney at
Carlton Fields, P.A. in Tampa.
Jennifer Lechuga (MS 'oi) works for
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a
wildlife biologist in southern Calif.
Brian Pearson (MS '04) works for
Handex Group, Inc. on petroleum
contamination monitoring and
Paula Posas (MS 'oi) is staffing coordi-
nator at CHF International. She will
begin a PhD program at the University
of Liverpool, UK.
Christopher Yates (MS 'oi) is marine
mammal branch chief for the Pacific
Islands Regional Office, NOAA Fisher-
ies in Hawaii.

Undergraduate News

James Argento (BA '04) attends law
school at Florida State University.
Erika Barraza (BS '04) is an environmen-
tal specialist for Collier County, Fla.
Sanjeev Bissessar (BS '97) is a materi-
als manager for General Electric in
Christopher Blair (BA '99) works with
Risk Management Partners, LLC in
Lisa Brooker (BS '99) is a project
manager with Curtis & Tompkins, Ltd.
in Berkeley, Calif
Robin Burgess (BA 'oi) is an environ-
mental analyst for the South Florida
Water Management District.
Janice Chang (BA '03) is working on a
master's in museum studies at UF.
Sarah Chinault (BS '04) is working on a
master's in the UF Department of Soil
and Water Science.
Ryan Colker (BA '98) graduated from
George Washington University Law
School and is program director for the
Renewable Natural Resources Founda-
Amy Fardy (BA '02) entered the gradu-
ate program at Indiana University's
School of Public and Environmental
Travis Ford (BA '04) works at the
Florida Museum of Natural History in
Gainesville as a shark researcher.
Graciela Garcia (BA 'oi) graduated
with a law degree from Georgetown
University and works for the EPA in
Washington, DC.
Anthony Georgi (BA 'oi) works as as-
sistant land development manager for
K. Hovnanian Homes.
Timothy Green (BS '99) is conduct-
ing field research at Yuma Proving
Ground, Ariz. with the U.S. Army's
Sustainable Lands Program.
Kala Gurung (BS '98) is a consultant in
sustainable agriculture and develop-
James Hart (BS '03) works for the
California Condor Recovery Program
in central California.
Graham Hayes (BA 'oo) is an environ-
mental scientist with Coastal Science,
Inc. in Jacksonville Beach.

Raymond Hess (BA '99) is a transporta-
tion planner for the City of Blooming-
ton, Ind. and is pursuing a master's
in environmental science and public
Deno Hicks (BA '98) works as business
development manager for England
Thims & Miller, Inc. in Jacksonville.
Christopher Shay Hill (BA '97) is a
senior associate scientist for Terra-
Com Environmental Consulting, Inc.
in Jacksonville.
Dahlia Horton (BS '02) works in a
medicine and infectious diseases
research lab at UF and will attend
Naturopathic Medical School.
Ivan Iturrino (BS 'oo) is an environ-
mental technician for Tierra Consult-
ing Group, Inc. in West Palm Beach,
Whitney (Kurz) Jenkins (BS '99)
received a master's in coastal envi-
ronmental management from Duke
University and works for the North
Carolina National Estuarine Research
Krithi Karanth (BS and BA'oi) received
a master's in environmental science
from Yale and is a doctoral student at
Duke University's Nicholas School of
Caroline Keicher (BS '04) works for
Green Corps on environmental,
political, and corporate-accountability
Joy (McBane) Kokjohn (BS '99) works
for the St. John's River Water Manage-
ment District and will pursue UF's
online master's in soil and water
Shani Kruljac (BA '99) is the lakes
program coordinator for the City of
Ted Lynch (BA '99) lives in Orlando,
where he represents several ortho-
pedic companies selling total joints,
sports medicine, and trauma products.
Lauren McDonell (BA '02) received a
master's from the UF School of Forest
Resources and Conservation.
Steve McElroy (BA '02) is a geographic
information systems coordinator for
Gainesville Regional Utilities.
Ty McFarland (BS 'oi) is a staff environ-
mental scientist for GeoTrans, Inc. in

Matthew Mills (BS 'oi) serves as a Re-
serve Ensign for the U.S. Coast Guard
and works at the Southwest Florida
Water Management District.
Kristen Nowicki (BS '98) works for
the Alachua County Department of
Growth Management while pursu-
ing a master's in urban and regional
Jacob Richardson (BS '98) is a materials
inspector in Orlando for the engineer-
ing firm BCI.
Stefanie Rochow (BA 'oi) is an environ-
mental specialist with Volusia County,
Fla. She received a BS from the School
of Forest Resources and Conservation
and is pursuing an MBA.
Mary (Rogers) Ruhter (BS 'oi) is an
environmental scientist for TechLaw
Inc. in Chicago.
Ronie Rukab (BS '98) is a project
manager at URS Corporation in
Philip Shad (BS '02) received a mas-
ter's in urban and regional planning
from UF and works for PBS&J in
Tracy Shirah (BS '96) received a
master's in environmental manage-
ment from Samford University and
works for AMEC in Nashville, Tenn.
Natalie (Rodriguez) Showers (BS '03)
works at NuCor Steel in Tuscaloosa,
Linnea Spears (BS 'oi) is pursuing a
master's in biology at San Diego State
Benjamin Studt (BS '03) is an environ-
mental analyst at the South Florida
Water Management District.
Noah Valenstein (BA '99) is president
of The Theodore Roosevelt Society
and attends law school at Florida State
Holly Valerio (BS '03) is in her third
year of medical school at UF.
Samantha Webb (BS '02) works as
an environmental scientist for PGC
Environmental in Roswell, GA.
Jessica Wickham (BA '03) received a
master's of public administration in
environmental policy from Columbia
Kristi (Rainer) Yanchis (BA '99) lives in
St. Sebastian, Fla. where she works for
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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Advisory Board
Jimmy Cheek, Chair
Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural
Kirby Barrick
Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Janie Fouke
Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Pramod Khargonekar
Dean, College of Engineering
Win Phillips
Vice President for Research
Neil Sullivan
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

External Advisory Council
G. Ronnie Best, Chair
Coordinator, Greater Everglades Priority Ecosys-
tems Science, United States Geological Survey
Laura Brandt, Chair Elect
Senior Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Hilary Swain, Secretary
Executive Director, Archbold Biological Station
Nick Aumen
Aquatic Ecologist, National Park Service
Patrick Brezonik
Program Director, Environmental Engineering
and Technology, National Science Foundation
Rich Budell
Assistant Director, Office of Agricultural Water
Policy, Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services

Alan P. Covich
Director and Professor, Institute of Ecology,
College of Environment and Design, University
of Georgia
William K. Crispin
Attorney, Law Office of William K. Crispin, Chtd.
Ken Haddad
Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
Deno A. Hicks
Business Development Manager, England-Thims
& Miller, Inc.
Madeline Mellinger
President, Glades Crop Care
Don Ross
President and CEO, Earth Balance
Victoria Tschinkel
State Director, Florida Chapter, The Nature
Robert T. Walker
Professor, Department of Geography, Michigan
State University
George Willson
Conservationist, Willson Consulting, LLC
Jora Young
Director of Conservation Action Training, The
Nature Conservancy

Faculty Advisory Council
Michael Binford, Chair
Professor, Department of Geography

Mark Brenner
Associate Professor, Department of Geological
Joseph Delfino
Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department
of Environmental Engineering Sciences
Wendy Graham
Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural
and Biological Engineering
Kirk Hatfield
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and
Coastal Engineering
James Heaney
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmen-
tal Engineering Sciences
Robert Holt
Professor and Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Chair in
Ecology, Department of Zoology
Eric Jokela
Professor, School of Forest Resources and
Ramesh Reddy
Graduate Research Professor and Chair, Depart-
ment of Soil and Water Science
Stephen Roberts
Professor and Director, Center for Environmental
and Human Toxicology
Marianne Schmink
Professor and Director, Tropical Conservation and
Development Program

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