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July 16, 2001

Who's Who in the Florida Bay Education Project

Florida Bay Education Project

The Florida Bay Education Project provides south Florida residents and agencies with objective information concerning Florida Bay water quality issues and ongoing Florida Bay research activities. It is sponsored by the Florida Sea Grant College Program and the University of Florida Monroe County Cooperative Extension Service through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Ocean Program and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Florida Sea Grant

The Florida Sea Grant College Program is committed to enhancing the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources for a sustainable economy and environment in a state whose coastline stretches for over 1,300 miles. Florida Sea Grant operates through a statewide university-based research, education and extension partnership of state and federal agencies, businesses and citizens. This partnership, involving university faculty and the public, was created nationally in 1966 with the passage of federal legislation that created the National Sea Grant College program.

Monroe County Cooperative Extension

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, the University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture have shared a productive county/state/federal partnership through the Cooperative Extension Service for 28 years. The primary mission of the Cooperative Extension Service is to disseminate and encourage the application of research-generated knowledge. The Monroe County Extension Service provides the following programs in addition to the Florida Bay Sea Grant Extension: Marine Sea Grant Program, Environmental Horticulture Program, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods, 4-H Your Development, and Family and Consumer Science

Program Management Committee

The Florida Bay Program Management Committee is a panel representing the state and federal agencies that have management responsibilities for, or scientific interests in, Florida Bay and adjacent coastal waters. The PMC coordinates the Florida Bay Research Program and fosters communication and collaboration between agencies and individual scientists.

Specifically, the PMC sponsors workshops for investigators in order to integrate projects, sampling protocols and data management. They review individual agency scientific implementation plans in order to develop an integrated overall science program for Florida Bay. Each year the PMC sponsors a conference highlighting research progress over the proceeding year and measuring overall progress toward addressing Florida Bay-wide issues. The PMC insures and evaluates the scientific quality and relevance of all funded research projects carried out in Florida Bay.

In addition, the PMC channels scientific information to resource managers and policy makers to aid in the management of Florida Bay. The PMC is an important link between research and management. It clearly defines the science priorities of Florida Bay and communicates those to each agency insuring science needs are considered and addressed in program and budget planning.

Program Management Committee Members

Rick Alleman
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33416
561-682-6442 (fax)

Sue Markley
Miami-Dade DERM
33 Southwest 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33130
305-372-6630 (fax)
Tom Armentano (Co-chair)
Everglades National Park
40001 SR 9336
Homestead, FL 33034
Peter Ortner
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
305-361-4392 (fax)
Robert Brock
Everglades National Park
40001 SR 9336
Homestead, FL 33034
Mike Robblee
U.S. Geological Survey
Biological Research Division
C/O Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
Max Flandorfer
Biscayne National Park
P.O. Box 1369
Homestead, FL 33090-1369
Dave Rudnick
Everglades Systems Research Division
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
561-682-6442 (fax)
Barbara Howie
U.S. Geological Society
9100 N.W. 36th St. Suite 107
Miami, FL 33178
305-717-5801 (fax)
Nancy Thompson
75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
305- 361- 4284
John Hunt (Co-chair)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
2796 Overseas Highway, Suite 119
Marathon, FL 33050
Steve Traxler
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
C/O South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Brian Keller
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
P.O. Box 500368
Marathon, FL 33050
305-743-2357 (fax)
DawnMarie Welcher (ex officio)
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
305-361-4392 (fax)
Bill Kruczynski
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
P.O. Box 500368
Marathon, FL 33050
Steve Wolfe
Biology Section, MS 6515
2600 Blair Stone Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
850-922-5368 (fax)

Science Oversight Panel

Integral to the implementation of the Florida Bay Research Program is independent expert review. The Florida Bay Oversight Panel has served this need. The Panel’s role is to provide regular, broad, technical and management review of agency plans, of PMC strategies for program development, of the scientific quality of research, modeling and monitoring, and of research results and inferences. The Panel consists of seven senior scientists with significant experience in major estuarine restoration programs but without involvement in Florida Bay Projects. The Panel participates in annual conferences by formally leading question and answer sessions and by providing written reports to the PMC presenting critical review and recommendations for advancing the program.

Members of the Science Oversight Panel

Dr. William Boicourt
University of Maryland
Horn Point Laboratory, Center for Environmental Science
Dr. Steven C. McCutcheon
Hydrologic and Environmental Engineering
Athens, GA
Dr. Linda Deegan
The Ecosystem Center
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA
Dr. John Milliman
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
College of William and Mary
Gloucester Point, VA
Dr. Kenneth Heck
Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory
University of South Alabama
Dr. Hans Paerl
University of North Carolina
Institute of Marine Sciences
Moorehead City, NC
Dr. John E. Hobbie (chair)
The Ecosystem Center
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA

The Florida Bay Education Project is an archived site. For more information go to NOAA's South Florida Ecosystem Education Project at