Environmental Center Staff

 Professional Staff

 Dr. Lambert Photo


J. David Lambert, Ph.D.

David is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction.  He has taught courses at UNF related to green construction, environmental issues, sustainability, building codes, and geographic information systems.


For the past 25 years, he has concentrated on building multi-disciplinary teams to develop and evaluate emerging technologies that can help us study society’s impact on the environment (especially our river and coastal resources), and the impact of the environment on society (e.g., hurricane damage assessment).


Since arriving at UNF in 1999, he has been the Director of the Environmental Monitoring, Mapping, Analysis, and Planning Systems Lab (EMMAPS Lab) and the Advanced Weather Information Systems Lab (AWISLab).  Over the years, both labs attracted considerable external funding for their research agendas from over 40 different local, state, federal, and international organizations.  Along the way, he was awarded 3 U.S. Patents, and, based on that technology, co-founded UNF’s first technology spinoff company in 2000 called GeoAge, Inc.  ALL of his past projects have been interdisciplinary in nature. In 2004, he received the national “NOAA Environmental Hero Award” for his contributions.


David has been an active member of the UNF Environmental Center’s Executive Board since the Center was formed.  He has also been active in professional and community organizations. For instance, he served on the Board of Directors for the Intelligent Transportation Systems Florida Association, and is currently serving on the Board of the U. S. Green Building Council North Florida Chapter.



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James Taylor

(904) 620-5804



James Taylor has been with UNF since 2004 -first as a student then as an employee. While achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, he studied a variety of topics revolving around the environment and sustainability with a focus on food and agriculture. Mr. Taylor has conducted undergraduate studies and presentations on food culture and university dining facilities. Before joining the Environmental Center’s team in 2011, he worked with Dr. Jeffry Will in the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives where he conducted a variety of community based research projects.


 Staff: Lemmons, Justin


Justin Lemmons, M.S.

(904) 620-5806



Justin Lemmons is originally from New Mexico and moved to Florida to obtain his Master of Science in Ecology from the University of North Florida. His thesis research studied the effects of prey and fertilizer addition on the hooded pitcher plant, Sarracenia minor. Justin received his Biology B.S. from the University of New Mexico and studied abroad in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, and the El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico. He also worked for the Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico, as a biology technician in the Department of Natural Resources. He is interested in working with species of concern, community dynamics and natural resource management, and is gracious to have been afforded the mentorship of many amazing individuals. Justin now works as the Ecologist for the UNF Environmental Center and assists Mr. Chuck Hubbuch with various projects to conserve and promote the Sawmill Slough Preserve.    

Student Employees 

Hannah Logsdon

Student Assistant

Hannah Logsdon



Major: Public Health

Expected Graduation: Spring 2015

Staff: Matchett, Morgan

Student Assistant

Morgan Matchett



Major: Biology

Expected Graduation: Spring 2016

Staff: Kengle, Caitlin

Student Assistant

Caitlin Kengle


Major:  Civil Engineering

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017