Dr. Karl Havens, Professor, Director of Florida Sea Grant
803 McCarty Drive
PO Box 110400
Gainesville, FL 32611
Professor Havens has 35 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 23 years. His area of research specialty is the response of aquatic ecosystems to natural and human-caused stressors, including hurricanes, drought, climate change, eutrophication, invasive species and toxic materials. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles (with over 6,500 citations) in his area of expertise, book chapters, invited review papers, an edited book with colleagues in the P.R. China and a book on the Global Water Crisis. Professor Havens and his international colleagues have written papers about the expected synergistic effects of climate change and eutrophication on lakes and estuaries, long-term changes in water temperatures of lakes around the world, patterns of aquatic animal body size across a large latitudinal gradient, and the future of controlling harmful algal blooms in the face of climate change. He has research collaborations with scientists in Canada, England, Italy, Denmark, Brazil, Japan, China, Turkey and the Netherlands. He is the founding editor of the electronic journal Freshwater Systems, is Associate Editor for the Journal of Plankton Research and the journal Hydrobiologia, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Nature Scientific Reports. 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. At the University of Florida, he has served as Chair of the UF Oil Spill Task Force and currently is Chair of the UF Oyster Recovery Team, which is dealing with the collapse of a historic oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay, Florida.
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.