View Dr. Todd Osborne’s Lecture on Florida Coastal Change if you missed it!
Dr. Todd Osborne: “Evolution of coastal ecosystems in Florida: a story of time and climate” Evenings at Whitney Public Lecture Series December 2015.
Todd Osborne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biogeochemistry, Whitney Laboratory of Marine Bioscience, studies the biogeochemical processes in soil and water in a variety of ecosystems throughout Florida. He will review Florida’s environmental history that has formed and shaped the coastal ecosystems that exist today.
The Marine and Coastal Ecology Program at Whitney is highly engaged in Everglades restoration science with several projects investigating biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus, sulfur and carbon within the Greater Everglades. These research initiatives include fire effects on biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus and impacts to water quality and exotic species, sulfur biogeochemistry and relationships to mercury and phosphorus mobility in Everglades soils, and spatial variability of soil nutrients at the landscape scale. Other Everglades research currently being conducted in Dr. Osborne’s program includes conservation of the ridge and slough landscape mosaic in the central Everglades via research on hydrologic modulators of plant productivity and community structure.
Dr. Osborne grew up in central Georgia. He attended college at the Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Biology in 1997. He moved further south into Gainesville, Florida where he started his graduate research at University of Florida (UF) in the Environmental Engineering Sciences and received his Master of Science in May of 2000 after studying fine particulate and dissolved organic carbon dynamics of a tropical stream-wetland-river system of the Ugandan highlands. Todd remained at UF and he received a Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry in 2005. His dissertation project focused on characterization, mobility, and fate of dissolved organic matter in a subtropical wetland ecosystem. Before returning to “Gator Country” at the Whitney Laboratory in St. Augustine, FL, Dr. Osborne worked for St. Johns River Water Management District as a Senior Environmental Scientist and prior to that, worked as Research Assistant Professor in the Soil and Water Science Department on main campus at University of Florida.
You can find more information about Dr. Todd Osborne and his research, at the following website: http://www.whitney.ufl.edu/research/faculty/todd-osborne/.
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