Press Release for Monday, October 16, 2006

Environmental Center Announces Fall Seminar Series

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The Environmental Center at the University of North Florida announces its fall seminar series, which ranges in topics from biodiversity to global change to planning for growth. These seminars are free and open to the public.

The first seminar in the series kicks off with William Granart, executive director of the Soil and Conservation Foundation. He will discuss “Biodiversity, Conservation and Restoration in a Karst Environment” on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the Brooks College of Health (Building 39, Room 1001). Granart went to the Philippines in the 1960s with the Peace Corps. Discussion will be focused on the work he did with the Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape while he was there.

Next in the fall seminar series includes:

Michael Coffey; “The Vehicle Contribution to Global Change,” Wednesday, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m. in the Brooks College of Health (Building 39, Room 1001)—Coffey is the senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. He is currently the deputy principal investigator of the HIRDLS experiment for the NASA EOS-Aura satellite, launched in July 2004. His will discuss air quality and impacts to warming and pollution.

Donna Jean Lee; “Freshwater Fishing vs. Invasive Weeds: Economics of managing a public resource with a limited budget,” Thursday, Nov. 16, 1:40 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building (Building 51, Room 1209)—Lee teaches natural resource and environmental economics as well as conducts research in the areas of water quality, marine fisheries management and environmental policy at the University of Florida’s Department of Food and Resource Economics in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. She has written extensively on the bio-economic optimality for fisheries, marketing rights and transferable quotas.

Brian Teeple, “Planning for growth—opportunities and challenges in Northeast Florida,” Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m. in the Brooks College of Health (Building 39, Room 1001)—Teeple is the chief executive officer of the Northeast Florida Regional Council and also serves as president/CEO of the Business Development Corporation of Northeast Florida, Inc. He has worked in planning related positions for entities that include the Florida Department of Community Affairs and as an environmental engineer for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

The Environmental Center was founded in 2004 at the University of North Florida. The Center serves the University and its role in the community by forging relationships with local, regional and national organizations involved in activities directly related to environmental education and research.

For more information about the Environmental Center’s fall seminar series, contact Abby Howard Murphy, Environmental Center, at (904) 620-2662 or by e-mail at