Upcoming Lectures at UNF to Focus on Marshes and Mangroves

Jan. 14, 2015


PONTE VEDRA BEACH – The Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to attend the lecture, “Ecosystem Shifts Between Marshes and Mangroves in Northeast Florida: Research and Knowledge Transfer,” given by GTM Reserve Assistant Manager Gary Raulerson on Friday, Jan. 23 at the University of North Florida.

“Dr. Raulerson’s experience studying mangrove forests in Southwest Florida has become increasingly more applicable locally as coastal saltmarsh transitions to mangrove-dominated habitats,” said Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve. “Studying the similarities and differences between what we are experiencing locally compared to mangrove restoration sites elsewhere will help us understand the changes we might expect in these coastal habitats over the next few years.”

Raulerson will discuss some of the exciting projects happening at the reserve focusing on salt marsh and mangrove transitions. He will highlight the variety of work being accomplished in research, education and stewardship, which has been enhanced by the reserve’s volunteer base.

Raulerson has served as assistant manager at the GTM Research Reserve since 2012. From 2010 to 2012, Raulerson worked with the Wekiva River/Middle St. Johns and Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve Office where his myriad of responsibilities included management plan development, oversight and assistance with ongoing research and public outreach. At the Sarasota Bay Program, where he served as senior environmental scientist from 2000 to 2008, Raulerson supervised and performed technical research and project evaluations of habitat restoration and estuarine-related activities to implement the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Sarasota Bay.

Raulerson earned his doctorate from Louisiana State University where he examined the differences in decomposition by snails and crabs in natural and restored mangrove forests in South Florida. He also holds a master’s from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s from the University of Florida, both in wildlife ecology.

WHAT:   Lecture: Ecosystem Shifts Between Marshes and Mangroves
               in Northeast Florida

WHEN:   Friday, Jan. 23
3 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: University of North Florida
Biological Sciences Building, Room 1701
               1 UNF Drive
               Jacksonville, FL 32224

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