Dr. Karl Havens, Professor, Director of Florida Sea Grant
803 McCarty Drive
PO Box 110400
Gainesville, FL 32611
Dr. Havens has 25 years of professional experience in aquatic research, education and outreach, and has worked with Florida aquatic ecosystems and the use of objective science in their management for the past 15 years. His area of research specialty is plankton ecology and the eutrophication of lakes and estuaries. He is particularly interested in how natural and human-related stressors impact the structure and function of plankton and other components of shallow aquatic ecosystems. He also has written papers dealing with integration of research and resource management and competencies that resource management agencies look for in new hires, as guidance for graduate education programs. He has research collaborations with scientists in Italy, Denmark, Brazil, Japan, China, Korea and the Netherlands. He is the founding editor of the electronic journal Freshwater Systems, and served as Associate Editor for Environmental Pollution for over 14 years. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Korean Journal of Limnology, and he recently became an Associate Editor for the international journal Hydrobiologia. He is a recipient of the Edward Deevey, Jr. Award from the Florida Lake Management Society for his research dealing with Florida lake ecosystems. He is a member of the Florida Oceans and Coastal Resources Council, which provides the Florida Legislature with an annual research plan addressing critical coastal issues. He is a member of the Florida Ocean Alliance, a non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing together government, academic and private sectors in Florida to protect and enhance the coastal and ocean resources, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Institute of Oceanography.
PhD, West Virginia University, 1984
MS, West Virginia University, 1981
BA, SUNY Buffalo, 1979
Dr. Havens offers an independent study course in zooplankton ecology for graduate students with a strong background in ecology.
Students are accepted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the instructor. Contact Dr. Havens for more information.