Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel has the following responsibilities related to the Florida Springs Institute:

    • Promote the Florida Springs Institute and the need for springs restoration and protection in Florida.
    • Annually evaluate progress and help to update the Three-Year Plan.
    • Provide outreach related to springs restoration and protection to the public and governmental decision-makers.
    • Promote teamwork across all interested groups for springs restoration and protection.
    • Provide credibility for the mission and actions of the Florida Springs Institute.

Lars Andersen



Adventure Outpost, LLC

Lars, a life-long Floridian, is the owner of Adventure Outpost in High Springs. He is a full-time nature guide and the author of several works including, Payne's Prairie: A History and Guide, Paddlers Guide to the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail and The North Florida Adventure, an audio CD. You can read about his adventures on his blog, River Guides Journal. 

Todd Kincaid, PhD


Geohydros, LLC

Dr. Kincaid is a hydrogeologist with more than 20 years of experience in aquifer characterization and hydrogeologic modeling. He has earned a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Wyoming and a MS and BS in hydrogeology and geology from the University of Florida. He is the managing member of GeoHydros LLC, a consulting company focused on advanced computer simulation and visualization of complex geologic and hydrologic environments. His work has addressed karst-conduit flow in the Floridan aquifer, extremely heterogeneous aquifers in glacial sediments in New York and Pennsylvania; fractured rock aquifers in interbedded shales and limestones of eastern Pennsylvania; and structurally complex volcanic and sedimentary rocks underlying Yucca Mountain and the Nevada Test Site, Nevada. 

Dr. Kincaid also serves as the vice-president for Global Underwater Explorers, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring and protecting underwater environments, and on the Board of Directors for the Wakulla Springs Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and promoting strategies for protecting Florida springs.

Elizabeth Odum


Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands

Elizabeth (Betty) Odum was born in Hartford, Connecticut and grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in Zoology and minor in Chemistry. She received her MEd from the University of Florida. Her second marriage was to Howard T. Odum, (died Sept 2002) with whom she shared research, travelled and wrote ecology books, such as “A Prosperous Way Down.” After teaching biology and ecology at Santa Fe College, she retired as Professor Emerita. Betty now works with the Emergy Society and the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands.

Stephen Walsh, PHD


U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Walsh is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, in Gainesville, Florida. He has been in federal service with the Department of the Interior for over 25 years. His primary research interests are the ecology, systematics, ecophysiology, and conservation of freshwater fishes and other aquatic biodiversity. He has worked in freshwater and marine ecosystems in the central and southeastern U.S., the Caribbean, Neotropics, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Micronesia. He has a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in Biology from St. Louis University, a master’s degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University, and a doctoral degree in Zoology from the University of Florida, where he currently holds courtesy faculty and curator appointments in three departments (Biology, Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Florida Museum of Natural History). In addition to his service on the FSI advisory Panel, he has served in numerous other professional capacities. For more information about Dr. Walsh, click here.

The Florida Springs Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All or a portion of your donation may be tax deductible. FEIN 46-1663401.


Mailing Address: 23695 W US HWY 27, High Springs, FL 32643
Main Tel: (386) 454-2427
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