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Environmental Center Staff

Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D. - Interim Director

11 Dr. Erin Largo-Wight is a professor in the Department of Public Health and the Interim Director for the Environmental Center. She earned a BS from University of South Florida, MS from University of Delaware, and a PhD from the University of Florida in Health and Human Performance with a minor in Psychology and graduate certificate in Environmental Education and Communication.

Dr. Largo-Wight brings years of leadership experience as the former director of a large academic program; over a decade of experience facilitating student and community partnerships to solve environmental and health issues in Jacksonville; interdisciplinary research, teaching, and world view; and the Health by Design: Nature and Health Laboratory and research. Dr. Largo-Wight studies the impact of nature on stress, health, and well-being. Past studies explored the impact of outdoor classrooms on children, nature in the workplace, clinical settings, and home, and outdoor exposure and health, for example. She also studies environmental health behaviors such as recycling, active commuting, gardening, and others. Erin is passionate about the health of the environment and connecting faculty, students, and community partners to find solutions.

James W. Taylor - Coordinator, Academic Initiatives and Research Development

1111 James W. Taylor serves as the coordinator for academic programs and research development. Taylor has received a B.A. in sociology and a Master of Public Administration from UNF. 

Growing up in Florida, Taylor is an outdoor enthusiast and spends most of his time exploring nature. His favorite activities include camping, biking, kayaking, and has recently become an avid birder. Taylor also enjoys teaching others about the natural environment and recently became a Florida Master Naturalist. In addition to spending his time outdoors, Taylor is an active volunteer with the St. Johns Riverkeeper, and was recognized as its volunteer of the year in 2015.

Maria D. Mark - Coordinator, Environmental Leadership Program

Staff: Mark, Maria Maria Mark joins the Environmental Center as its new Coordinator for the Environmental Leadership Program. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation for almost nine years. Prior to her non-profit career, she was a litigation paralegal for 20 years.


Mark brings an array of professional talents and inter-personal skills, all learned "on-the-job." She is a 2014 Leadership Jacksonville graduate and 2015 Regional Leadership Academy graduate, and recently joined the Jacksonville Women's Network. Mark also earned her Florida Master Naturalist Certification in 2008.


In 2014, Mark received the "Voice of Equality" award from Equality Florida for her leadership in passing the first and only fully inclusive LGBT Human Rights Ordinance in northeast Florida, during her tenure as city commissioner of Atlantic Beach, FL (2011-2014).


Born in South Korea and adopted at 18 months old, Mark is an all-American gal. Raised in Columbia, SC and a University of South Carolina graduate, she now calls Atlantic Beach home where she's been a long-time resident, along with her husband of 25 years, Bob, with their 16 year old son, Garrett.


In her spare time, Mark enjoys golfing, nature photography and birding. 

Executive Board  

Name Department College
    Brooks College of Health
    Coggin College of Business
Charles E. Closmann, Ph.D. Department of History College of Arts and Sciences
    College of Education and Human Services
    College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

Student Staff

Name Job Title Major
Taia Harris      Communications Assistant Public Relations
Shannon Latimer Office Assistant      International Studies
Molly O'Brien Office Assistant      Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Curt Price Program Assistant General Business
Cat Selin Communications Assistant Coastal Biology
Jake Tucker      Preserve Research Assistant Interdisciplinary Studies