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Press Release for Monday, June 29, 2009

UNF Presents 'The Current State of the St. Johns River' Lecture

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

The Coastal Biology Program at the University of North Florida is sponsoring “The Current State of the St. Johns River” as part of the July Lunch & Lecture Series at the Main Library downtown from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15.

Dr. Dale Casamatta, UNF associate professor of biology, will explore how rivers in general function on a biological level and how humans are impacting these ecosystems. He will also discuss the role of algae in normal ecosystem functions and why alterations to the natural environment lead to extensive algal blooms.

Using the St. Johns River as a model, Casamatta will discuss how slight changes in landscape use, development and climatic changes can have drastic effects. He will also explore what individuals can do to help reverse some of the problems associated with our activity and why we should care.

Bring your bag lunch and hear about the St. Johns River. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Moore, UNF Coastal Biology Program, at (904) 620-2830.