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Meet the Team

ELP Project Leaders Faculty Research Fellows

Environmental Center Staff

J. David Lambert, Ph.D. - Director

David Lambert Headshot Dr. David Lambert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Geography at the University of North Florida. He has taught courses at UNF related to green construction, environmental issues, sustainability, building codes, and geographic information systems. He currently serves as the Director of the UNF Environmental Center.


For the past 25 years, he has concentrated on building interdisciplinary teams to develop and evaluate emerging technologies that can help us study society's impact on the environment, and the impact of the environment on society. Since arriving at UNF in 1999, he founded, and has been the Director of, the Environmental Monitoring, Mapping, Analysis, and Planning Systems Lab (EMMAPS Lab) and the Advanced Weather Information Systems Lab (AWIS Lab). Over the years, both labs attracted considerable external funding for their research agendas. His teams have completed research contracts with over 40 different local, state, federal, and international organizations, and all of these projects have been interdisciplinary in nature. In 2004, he received the national "NOAA Environmental Hero Award." Along the way, he was awarded 3 U.S. Patents, and, based on that technology, co-founded a company in 2000 called GeoAge, Inc.


Lambert 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.

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

James W. Taylor Headshot James W. Taylor serves as the coordinator for academic initiatives and research development, where he assists faculty developing courses and research focused on the environment and sustainability. Taylor also helps lead sustainability efforts on campus as the chair of the UNF Sustainability Committee.


Taylor graduated from UNF in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration. While completing his undergraduate degree, Taylor worked as a research assistant for in the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives for Dr. Jeffry Will.


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

Maria Mark Headshot 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.

Student Assistants

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John Aloszka - Communications Assistant

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Jacksonville


John Aloszka is a Junior studying Political Science and Writing at UNF. On top of working at the Environmental Center, he is also the Chief of Staff of the UNF Student Government, where he helps manage and execute initiatives on behalf of the Student Body. In his free time, he enjoys eating Chinese food and watching architecture documentaries. When he graduates he hopes to work in political writing and satire.


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Alyssa Melby - Office Assistant

Major: Mathematics

Hometown: Casper, WY


Alyssa Melby is a senior at UNF finishing up her major in Mathematics and minor in Computer Science. UNF is Alyssa's favorite place in Jacksonville because institutions of learning are very important to her. She has a particular fondness for the Environmental Center as it has helped her to connect better with nature and to make long lasting friendships with those seeking to promote outdoor activities and to protect our environment.


When Alyssa is not indulging her addiction to learning, she is most likely watching a foreign film, dancing to her favorite music, or cuddling her cat, Birdie.

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Curt Price - Program Assistant

Major: General Business

Hometown: Jacksonville


Curt Price is currently enrolled in the MBA program at UNF, with an expected graduation of Spring 2019. Price is passionate about being of service to others, and spends a good bit of his free time volunteering with a nonprofits in the Jacksonville area assisting men who are seeking a better quality of life. His goal upon graduation is to find a career path where I can be of service to either a local college department or a non-profit organization.

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Cat Selin - Communications Assistant

Major: Coastal Biology

Hometown: Plantation, Fla.


Catherine Selin is a junior studying Coastal Environmental Science and International Studies. As well as working at the Environmental Center, she is an environmental educator at Eco Adventure on campus, president of the UNF Dive Club, and treasurer of the Marine Biology Club. In her free time she enjoys paddle boarding, scuba diving, hiking, and sketching. When she graduates she hopes to work in environmental management and help protect coastal ecosystems.

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Danielle Tipley - River Report Assistant

Major: Master of Science in Biology

Hometown: Fort Pierce, Fla.


Danielle began attending the University of North Florida as a transfer student in 2013. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (Molecular/Cellular Biology and Biotechnology) in December of 2015. She returned to UNF in the Fall of 2017 as a Graduate student to pursue a Master of Science in Biology under Dale Casamatta, Ph.D.


She has worked for the Environmental Center both as an undergraduate and graduate student, fulfilling the role of a Research Assistant and most recently accepted a position as a River Report Assistant in the Fall of 2017, managing the publicity of the report.

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Jake Tucker - Preserve Research Assistant

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Hometown: Miami


Jake Tucker is a senior pursuing an Environmental Studies degree, with a minor in Biology. He has a background in the environmental field and is passionate about conserving biodiversity and land restoration. When not busy raising his two boys, he enjoys exploring natural areas, gardening, looking for reptiles and birds, surfing, skateboarding and listening to older rap music.

Faculty Executive Board

Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D.

Department of Public Health

Brooks College of Health

Chris Baynard, Ph.D.

Department of Economics and Geography

Coggin College of Business

Charles Closmann, Ph.D.

Department of History

College of Arts and Sciences

Brian Zoellner, Ph.D.

Department of Foundations and Secondary Education

College of Education and Human Services