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FGCU's 2013-14 "Moonlight on the Marsh" Series
Opens With Lecture on How Wetlands Improve Water Quality
FORT MYERS, Fla. - One of the world's pre-eminent experts on landscape ecology and ecological engineering kicks off the 2013-14 "Moonlight on the Marsh" lecture series presented by the Everglades Wetland Research Park of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).
Ulo Mander, professor of landscape ecology and geography department head at the University of Tartu in Estonia, will discuss how wetlands improve water quality at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. The presentation is at FGCU's Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center at the Naples Botanical Garden, 4940 Bayshore Drive, Naples.
Wetlands perform a number of valuable services to ecosystems, including flood control, water purification and climate moderation. Using examples from several European countries and the United States, Mander will discuss how wetlands constructed for wastewater treatment and wetlands associated with rivers can control water quality. The lecture also will address the role of manmade wetlands in isolating carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Mander has edited 27 books and special issues of international peer-reviewed journals in environmental science and ecological engineering. He ranks among the top 1 percent of international scientists most cited in research in these fields, according to Thomson Reuters' Web of Science, the premier index of scholarly literature. Mander has been a visiting scientist or professor at universities and research centers throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.
In its second year, "Moonlight on the Marsh" presents distinguished scientists from around the world discussing timely topics for students, other scientists and the general public.
"The 2013-14 series will focus on some of the gigantic ecological and environmental issues we have in Southwest Florida," said William J. Mitsch, director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park and the Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at FGCU. "Experts will talk about red tide, beach pollution and invasive pythons in the Everglades, among other topics."
All lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Kapnick Center auditorium. Seating could be limited and can be reserved for a $5 donation; call (239) 325-1365 for reservations. Donations are also appreciated at the door. Go online to www.fgcu.edu/swamp/moonlight.html for more information.