USGS-FAU Collaborative Research Meet & Greet 

A USGS & CES Sponsored Meeting
February 6, 2015
Florida Atlantic University Davie Campus



Colin Polsky

Colin Polsky , Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies; Professor, Geosciences, FAU, , website 

Research Interests: Human dimensions of global environmental change; presentation

Nick Aumen

Nick Aumen, Regional Science Advisor, SE Region, USGS,, website

Research Interests: Nutrient biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, wetland restoration, linking sciences and policy; presentation

John Baldwin

John "Jay" Baldwin, Professor, Biological Sciences; Assoc. Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, FAU,, website

Research Interests:  Population and conservation genetics; Marine biology, ichthyology and fisheries; Wildlife avian ecology; Everglades restoration; presentation   

Dale Gawlik

Dale Gawlik, Director, Environmental Science Program; Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU,, website  

Research InterestsAvian and wetland ecology, wetland ecosystem restoration; presentation


James Beerens

James Beerens, Ecologist, USGS,, website

Research Interests: Defining wildlife habitat – modeling habitat selection, occurrence, reproduction; Evaluating and assessing Everglades restoration; Developing conservation strategies for species sensitive to anthropogenically disturbed landscapes;  presentation

Michael Cherkiss

Mike Cherkiss , Wildlife Biologist, USGS, , website

Research Interests: Population ecology and biology of endangered and invasive reptile species (American crocodile, alligator, pythons, tegus, etc); Everglades restoration; presentation

André Daniels

André Daniels , Fishery Biologist, USGS, Dive Safety Coordinator/South Florida Safety Officer; Motorboat Operator Certification Course Instructor (MOCC), , website

Research Interests: Estuary and marine environments, seagrass communities and coral reef communities;  presentation

Don DeAngelis

Don DeAngelis, Senior Scientist, USGS; Adjunct Professor, University of Miami,, website

Research Interests: Development of individual-based population models; Theoretical and computational ecology; Ecosystem ecology;  presentation

Mark Dickman

Mark Dickman, Hydrologic Data Section Chief, USGS, website

Research Interests:  Hydrologic monitoring and monitoring projects;  presentation

Kristen Hart

Kristen Hart , Research Ecologist, USGS, , website

Research Interests:  Large reptile research and ecosystem restoration (sea turtles, diamondback terrapins, American crocodile, American alligator, Burmese pythons);  presentation  

Ken Krauss

Ken Krauss, Research Ecologist, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS; Adjunct Professor, LSU, UL-Lafayette, Clemson University,, website

Research Interests:Impacts of climate and land use change on coastal wetlands, ecology of tidal freshwater forested wetlands, and scaling ecophysiological processes associated with water use in wetlands;  presentation  

Ed Patino

Ed Patino, Hydrologist, USGS Caribbean-Florida Water Science, website

Research Interests:  Wetland and coastal ecosystems monitoring – flow and water quality; Use of sensor data as proxies for continuous monitoring of selected water quality parameters (i.e. carbon, mercury, suspended sediment – concentration & load) presentation

Stephanie Romanach

Stephanie Romañach, Research Ecologist, USGS,, website

Research Interests:  Large-scale issues in conservation; Ecosystem restoration and climate change presentation

Dorothy Sifuentes

Dorothy Sifuentes, Supervisor Hydrologist, USGS,, website

Research Interests: Groundwater flow and solute transport and coastal aquifers and saltwater intrusion;  presentation

David Sumner

David Sumner, Associate Director for Studies, USGS Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center,, website

Research Interests: Water and carbon cycling;  presentation

Eric Swain

Eric Swain, Research Hydrologist, USGS,, website

Research Interests: Effects of sea-level rise on coastal hydrology and ecology; Modeling surface-water/groundwater interactions; Statistical analysis of hydrologic parameters and methodology for determining field parameters;  presentation  

Mark Zucker

Mark Zucker , Supervisory Physical Scientist, USGS, , website

Research Interests: Coastal monitoring networks; Continuous water quality monitoring; Everglades restoration (Florida Bay);  presentation  


Rindy Anderson

Rindy Anderson, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU,, website

Research Interests Behavioral ecology, cognition, avian biology, bioacoustics;  presentation


Brian Benscoter

Brian Benscoter, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU; Chair, Society of Wetland Scientists Peatland & Biogeochemistry Sections; Chair, Ecological Society of America 2016 Conference Local Host Committee,, website

Research Interests: Peatland (wetland) ecology, fire ecology, community and ecosystem ecology;  presentation  

Frederick Bloetscher

Frederick Bloetscher, Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, FAU,, website

Research Interests:  Water resources, infrastructure vulnerability and management;  presentation  

Xavier Comas

Xavier Comas, Associate Professor, Geosciences, FAU; Research affiliate, Carbonate Aquifer Charachterization Laboratory (CACL), USGS,, website

Research Interests: Application of near-surface geophysical methods to: 1) peat soils, 2) karst environments, 3) critical zone studies, 4) other (archeological applications and biological studies);  presentation  

Donna Devlin

Donna Devlin, Assistant Research Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU; Affiliate Professor, St Thomas University,, website

Research Interests: Mangrove and associated species population genetics; Climate change/ mangrove-marsh ecology and genetics; Community Genetics; Marine Ecology, Plant-animal and plant-plant interactions: predation/ competition/facilitation; Mangrove community  restoration; Invasive species ecology and genetics; Chinese mangrove ecology/ invasive species and genetics-Student Exchange Program presentation

Nathan Dorn

Nathan Dorn , Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU, , website

Research Interests: Freshwater ecology, Community ecology, Animal population limitation; Trophic Interactions; Determinants of community structure presentation

;Nwadiuto Esiobu

Nwadiuto Esiobu , Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU, , website

Research Interests:  Applied and environmental microbiology; Plant-Microbe interactions; Ecology of pathogens and climate change; Beach quality; Sustainable development;  presentation  

Colin Hughes

Colin Hughes , Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU, , website

Research Interests: Evolutionary Genetics and its relationship to conservation, Role of disease in wild population demography; Origin and impact of invasive species presentation


Bill Louda

Bill Louda , Research Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, FAU, , website

Research Interests: Environmental biogeochemistry, water quality, global climate change, environmental restoration, and organic geochemistry (petroleum, coal);  presentation

Scott Markwith

Scott Markwith , Associate Professor and Assistan Chair, Director, Doctoral Program, Geosciences, FAU, , website

Research Interests:   Ecological biogeography; Environmental restoration; Dispersal/migration processes; Exotic species invasion and mitigation, Biogeography, environmental restoration;  presentation

Daniel Meeroff

Daniel Meeroff , Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental & Geomatics Engineering, FAU, Director, Laboratories for Engineered Environmental Solutions (Lab.EES), website

Research Interests: Environmental engineering; Development of innovative treatment technologies that mimic natural systems; Aquatic water quality; Water use efficiency and pollution prevention strategies; Water/wastewater treatment process; Solid/Hazardous waste management presentation  

Diana Mitsova

Diana Mitsova , Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, FAU, Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact Shoreline Resilience Working Group, website   

Research Interests: Sea-level rise, planning approaches to shoreline stabilization and coastal resilience;  presentation

Erik Noonburg

Erik Noonburg , Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU, , website

Research Interests: Ecological modeling;  Population dynamics; Foraging behavior presentation

Tiffany Roberts Briggs

Tiffany Roberts Briggs, Assistant Professor, Geosciences, FAU, , website

Research Interests: Coastal morphology, geology, and sedimentology;  presentation

Tara Root

Tara Root , Associate Professor, Geosciences, FAU, , website

Research Interests: Groundwater chemistry: water chemistry as a tracer of the movement of water through the hydrologic cycle; Water  resources sustainability: water use in science presentation

Xing-Hai Zhang

Xing-Hai Zhang, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU,, website

Research Interests: Plant physiology  and biochemistry; Molecular biology and biotechnology; Molecular ecology for Everglades; Genetics of invasive plants;  presentation


Mary Beth Hartman

Mary Beth Hartman, Conference and Outreach Coordinator, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, FAU,

Research Interests: Utilizing social science research to design effective climate change public education programs

Alana Edwards

Alana Edwards, Education & Training Coordinator, Florida Center for Environmental Studies; Ph. D. Candidate, Geosciences, FAU,

Research Interests: Ecosystem Management for Imperiled Butterflies;  presentation  

Keren Bolter

Keren Bolter, Research Coordinator, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, FAU,

Research Interests: Spatial analysis of physical, socioeconomic, and health  impacts of sea-level rise;  presentation  

Hannah Cooper

Hannah Cooper, Research Assistant,

Research Interests: GIS, Remote Sensing, and Statistical Modelling of Sea-Level Rise and Carbon Flux
Andrew Kamerosky

Andrew Kamerosky, Research Assistant, CES,

Research Interests :Ecological Resiliency, Ecological-Societal Systems, Climate Change Impact Management

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