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FGCU's Everglades Wetland Research Park Launches Public Lecture Series Oct. 18
10/12/2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ecological experts from around the world will come to Southwest Florida to speak in a new lecture series sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University's new Everglades Wetland Research Park in Naples.

Beginning Oct. 18, "Moonlight on the Marsh" features eight distinguished scientists from Mexico, Denmark and the United States sharing their expertise on renewable energy, wildlife conservation and other topics of interest to Southwest Floridians.

"This lecture series is designed for FGCU students and faculty but especially for the general public," said William J. Mitsch, director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park. "All of our invited speakers can relate well to general audiences and all have important ecological messages to tell. Think of them as live versions of the interviews you see on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic Channel. The speakers are world class, and the issues they will talk about are important to Southwest Florida and the country. We hope to bring the best of the best every year to Naples."

"Moonlight on the Marsh" launches with Maria Hernandez from the Institute of Ecology at Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. She will discuss "Ecology and Management of Tropical Wetlands in Mexico" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Hernandez recently presented research at EcoSummit 2012, an international conference on environmental sustainability and ecosystem restoration that was orchestrated by Mitsch.

Most of the free seminars will be presented at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of FGCU's Harvey J. Kapnick Education and Research Center at the Naples Botanical Garden, 4940 Bayshore Drive. Other events in the series are:

--Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013: "Working Worldwide to Conserve Cranes and the Wetland, Grassland and Other Ecosystems on Which They Depend," by George Archibald, director of the International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wis.

--Thursday, Jan. 24: "Ecological Engineering of the Best Kind: Restoring Rivers, Wetlands and the Florida Everglades," by Mitsch.

--Thursday, Feb. 7 on the FGCU campus: "Samso - A Danish Island Based on Renewable Energy," by Sven Erik Jørgensen, Professor Emeritus of Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

--Thursday, Feb. 21: "Florida's Endangered Mangroves and Their Protection and Restoration as a Lesson for Mangrove Management Around the World," by Roy R. Lewis III, president of Lewis Environmental Services Inc. and Coastal Resources Group Inc. of Salt Springs, Fla.

--Thursday, March 7: "Factors Affecting Sustainability of the Mississippi Delta and Basin," by John W. Day, professor emeritus of the School of Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.

--Thursday, March 21 at Sanibel Island: "Nutrient Farming in the American Midwest to Protect the Gulf of Mexico," by Donald L. Hey, founder of The Wetlands Initiative and Des Plaines River Wetland Demonstration Project, Chicago and Lake County, Ill.

For more information, contact Mitsch at (239) 325-1365 or wmitsch@fgcu.edu.

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