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Dean Michael Heithaus sent the following memorandum regarding the appointment of the George M. Barley Jr. Endowed Chair in Everglades Research on August 22.

I am pleased to announce Dr. Evelyn Gaiser has been named the George M. Barley Jr. Endowed Chair in Everglades Research, a new role she will assume upon completion of her term as Executive Director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) this fall.

Under her leadership, SEAS made great strides in research, education and outreach locally and globally. She helped facilitate the growth of several research centers including the International Center for Tropical Botany and the Sea Level Solutions Center, and saw several receive the university’s preeminent and emerging preeminent designations including the Institute of Water and Environment.

She also helped grow our community partnerships, including the Everglades Foundation, Deering Estate, and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve. She and her team coordinated the monthly public science and arts programs with partners throughout South Florida to build environmental literacy through science panels, activities and creative arts programming.

An experienced researcher and faculty member, Dr. Gaiser has served as the Lead Principal Investigator of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research (FCE LTER) Program since 2007. She has actively built and led interdisciplinary research groups that integrate the natural and social sciences and developed effective communication strategies to ensure that solutions to environmental challenges are implemented. Dr. Gaiser will continue her role with the FCE LTER Program.

As the Barley Chair, a program established in 2000 through contributions by International Paper Co. and generous support of the Everglades Foundation, Dr. Gaiser will further her work with national and local governments to integrate scientific research into policy decisions. She will continue to manage the grants and contracts in her lab to expand studies of algae in lakes and wetlands, and offer opportunities to students at all levels to engage in research, education and outreach.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Gaiser for her service to the college and welcoming her in her new role as Barley Chair. The college will soon be seeking new leadership for the School of Environment, Arts and Society. In the interim, please route any inquiries through SEAS staff or College of Arts, Sciences & Education Vice Dean Bill Anderson.