Biodiversity Symposium: Exploring Florida’s Natural Heritage
Held Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011
at the Florida State University’s Alumni Center Ballroom
The Florida State University’s Institute of Science and Public Affairs and the Florida State University Libraries invite you to attend a discussion and reception exploring the newly published Atlas of Florida’s Natural Heritage.
Loran Anderson is Professor Emeritus of Biological Science and former Curator of the Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University. He received his PhD in plant taxonomy from Claremont Graduate University in California. Dr. Loran Anderson has been influencing botany and conservation in Florida for almost four decades. He was a professor of biology at the Florida State University for 29 years, from 1974-2003, influencing countless students in the fields of biology and botany. His unique and inspiring teaching style inspired many young minds into the fields of conservation and botanical exploration in Florida. Dr. Anderson has served as a member of the Florida Endangered Plant Advisory Council for over 20 years and remains active in field surveys and herbarium studies.
Manley Fuller has served as President of the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) since 1987. The Florida Wildlife Federation is a private, statewide, non-profit citizens’ conservation education organization composed of thousands of concerned Floridians and other citizens from all walks of life who have a common interest in preserving, managing, and improving Florida’s fish, wildlife, soil, water, and plant life. Before joining the Florida Wildlife Federation, Mr. Fuller served five years with the National Wildlife Federation as a Wetlands and Wildlife Specialist in their Southeastern Natural Resources Center working on wetlands conservation programs, primarily in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Mr. Fuller graduated from Duke University in 1974 majoring in zoology and history and graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology in 1981.
Gary Knight is director of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), a state-based research program that collects, interprets, and disseminates ecological information critical to the conservation of Florida’s biodiversity. FNAI maintains expertise in a range of fields, including botany, zoology, ecology, land management, conservation planning, GIS, and data management. FNAI is administered by Florida State University and is a member of the NatureServe network of natural heritage programs. Gary serves on the Board of Directors of NatureServe, and he is a member of the Center for Plant Conservation’s Science Advisory Board. Gary has been professionally involved with the documentation and conservation of Florida’s biodiversity since 1985. He has a graduate degree in Biological Science from Florida State University.