Interested In Learning Long-Term Health of SWFL Environment

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Deepen your awareness of the vital role the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation plays in protecting and caring for the coastal ecosystems of Southwest Florida at the outdoor Evenings at the Homestead lecture series.

SCCF invites islanders, visitors, and anyone who has an interest in the long-term health of our environment to the pavilion at the Bailey Homestead Preserve on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Join us as doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light snacks, beer, wine, and soft beverages as you mingle with friendly SCCF members and staff. Starting at 7 p.m., two of SCCF’s newest staff members will describe how their work is focused on taking the pulse of our natural systems and keeping them healthy into the future.

SCCF Coastal Resilience Manager Carrie Schuman, Ph.D., and Hydrologic Modeler Paul Julian, Ph.D., will describe the integral roles they play in the bigger picture of planning and caring for the long-term health of our ecosystems.

Schuman will talk about how she assists the communities of Sanibel and Captiva in achieving coastal resilience through planning for future stressors of climate change including warming temperatures, sea level rise, and increased precipitation and storm intensity. Funded by the Captiva Erosion Prevention District, she joined SCCF in September 2021.

In his role as hydrologic modeler for SCCF and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Julian will discuss how he uses mechanistic and empirical models to synthesize environmental data and evaluate the effects of Everglades Restoration projects, Army Corps of Engineers water management operations, impacts of regional and local development, and sea-level rise. He’ll also address other drivers on the hydrologic, water quality, and ecological integrity of Southwest Florida’s watersheds, including but not limited to the Caloosahatchee and Lake Okeechobee.

Click here to register for the in-person or virtual presentation

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