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SPRINGS ACADEMY

BECOME A SPRINGS EXPERT IN SIX SHORT CLASSES!

Springs Academy is a lecture series on Florida’s freshwater resources and springs. Each class is tailored to make learning quick and easy so you’re ready to hit the ground running as a springs expert. 

2021 SPRINGS ACADEMY: deep dive

We are currently taking a break from our typical Springs Academy lecture series in order to go more in-depth into specific areas of interest. A Deep Dive! 

Recorded videos of these lectures will be posted here within one week following the live presentation 

September 1st, 2021 12:00PM - 1:00PM EST:

"The legacy of Howard T. Odum" with Dr. Robert Knight

Systems ecologist and namesake of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, Dr. Odum was a pioneer in ecosystems ecology. Howard T. Odum’s study of Silver Springs, published in 1957, was the first complete analysis of a natural ecosystem. This Springs Academy: Deep Dive will describe the life, the work, and the legacy of an ecological legend. This lecture will be given by Dr. Robert Knight, a student of Dr. Odum and executive director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute. A birthday celebration not to be missed!

July 20th, 2021 12:00PM - 1:00PM EST:

"Sustaining the Suwannee: A Journalistic Expedition of the Suwannee River" with Joshua Baker

Joshua Baker is a multimedia storyteller who recently earned his master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. He specializes in breaking down complex environmental, scientific and historical concepts for broad public audiences. His previous work includes collaborating with the Florida Climate Institute to develop an environmental resiliency plan for of Port St. Joe, Florida, and the surrounding region in the wake of Hurricane Michael; and a journalistic project on the intersection of climate change and public health in Florida.

May 11th, 2021 12:00PM - 1:00PM:

"Florida’s Antique Freshwater Fishes – Analog Fishes in a Digital World" with Kenneth Sulak

Kenneth Sulak is a research fish biologist retired from the U.S. Geological Survey. Dr. Sulak has Ph.D. and Masters degrees from the University of Miami School of Marine Science, and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.   From 1985-1994 he was Director and Senior Fish Biologist at the Atlantic Reference Center, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, New Brunswick, Canada.  He has conducted international research as a NATO Fellow in England, a U.S. National Academy Exchange Scientist to Russia, and Chief Scientist aboard a large number of oceanographic research cruises.  Dr. Sulak has published extensively on marine fish community ecology and sturgeon life history and conservation.  He has 50 years of experience researching fish ecology in coastal rivers, estuaries, and the deep-sea in the Atlantic, Arctic, East Pacific and Indian oceans. His Gulf sturgeon research filled critical gaps in knowledge of life history, population biology and habitat requirements in coastal rivers and the Gulf of Mexico, facilitating conservation of this species. Offshore research focused on deep-reef fish communities off the U.S. East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, and on yellowfin tuna attracted to oilrigs. Dr. Sulak led four years of intensive USGS research on the impacts of the BP oil spill upon Gulf of Mexico shelf-edge reef fish communities. Sulak is a founding member of the North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society.  In 2008, he was honored with the GIBBS Foundation McAllister Award for excellence in marine fish conservation research.