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Everglades Wetland Research Park - Kapnick Center (Naples)
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William J. Mitsch
Director, Professor
Everglades Wetland Research Park
Eminent Scholar
Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management
110 Kapnick Center
Florida Gulf Coast University

4940 Bayshore Drive
Naples Florida 34112  USA
+1 239 325 1365

About the Instructors


Sven E. Jergensen, D.Eng. SC. D.

Prof. Jørgensen received his Master of Chemical Engineering, DTU, Denmark, and Dr. Eng. In Environmental Engineering from Karlsruhe University, Germany, in 1990 and a Dr. Scientific (Ecological Modelling) from Copenhagen University. He is currently Professor Emeritus, University of Copenhagen. He has authored or co-authored 349 papers (235 in peer-reviewed international journals) and written or edited 70 scientific books on ecological modelling, systems ecology, ecological engineering, environmental science, and environmental management of aquatic systems. He has advised 30 Ph.D. students in environmental chemistry at the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen. Professor Jørgensen was founder and editor in chief (1975-2009) and is now honorary editor of Ecological Modelling. He has been President of ISEM (International Society of Ecological Modelling) for 1978-1994 and 2007–present. His many awards include the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize with co-laureate William J. Mitsch for outstanding contributions on the world’s lakes and wetlands.


William J. Mitsch, Ph.D.

Dr. Mitsch is Eminent Scholar and Director of Everglades Wetland Research Park and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, at  the Kapnick Center located at the Naples Botanical Garden.  He is also Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where  he was Distinguished Professor and Director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park.He received his Ph.D. in systems ecology at the University of Florida. His research and graduate teaching have focused on wetland and aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, wetland creation and restoration, ecological engineering, and ecosystem modelling. Dr. Mitsch has published over 300 papers on ecological matters and has edited or written 17 books. including the fourth edition of the widely used textbook Wetlands (Mitsch and Gosselink, 2007). Dr. Mitsch is past president of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), is a Certified Senior Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America, and a Certified Wetland Scientist with the SWS. He served on the NRC Panels on Wetland Characterization in 1993-1995 and Mitigating Wetland Loss in 2000-2001. He was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in 2004. He also received the Theodore M. Sperry Award in 2005 for a career in ecosystem restoration from the Society for Ecological Research (SER) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) in 2007.



Li Zhang, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhang is Assistant Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park, Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to that position she was Assistant Director, Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, The Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D. from Australian National University, Canberra, Australia in Environmental Science under ecological modeler Tony Jakeman. Her specialities are wetland hydrology and data base management.  She has been an NSF Review Panelist for the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program, serves on the Editorial Boards of Ecological Indicators and Sichuan Forestry Sciences and Technology and is Adjunct Professor in Sichuan Institute of Forestry, China (2006 - present).