Expert on Native and Exotic Flora of South Florida To Be Next Speaker in Water Restoration Series at Yale

George Gann, director of the Institute for Regional Conservation and president of Ecohorizons Inc., will be the next speaker in the semester-long series “The Restoration Agenda: Water!” presented by the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His talk, “Extirpation Rates: Lake Okeechobee to the Keys,” will be given on Wed., March 4, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St.

An open forum follows from 1 to 2 p.m. during an informal luncheon. Brown-bag lunches welcome; hot beverages are provided. The series is free to all Yale students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae. Community members are welcome: registration fee information is available from Dr. Aimlee Laderman at 432-3335 or via e-mail at aimlee.laderman@yale.edu

Gann currently serves as chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration, which has a membership of nearly 2,500 worldwide. As director of The Institute for Regional Conservation, he has conducted extensive field research on the native and exotic flora of south Florida, including rare and endangered species. His testimony to the Endangered Plant Advisory Council contributed to the proposed listing of some 80 additional species of native plants to the Florida endangered and threatened species list.

As president of Ecohorizons Inc., Gann has completed more than 200 projects throughout south Florida, including preparing inventories and management plans for flowering plants, and designing and implementing ecological restoration projects. He is a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Multi-Species Recovery Team for Threatened and Endangered Species of South Florida. Gann is currently conducting rare plant research of scrub lands in peninsular Florida under a U.S. Fish

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