Thursday, March 25, 2010 - Oxbow Lecture Uncovers Invaders Of The Everglades April 3From giant Burmese pythons to swamp destroying Melaleuca trees, the Everglades has been invaded by aliens. Join the Oxbow Eco-Center on Saturday, April 3 at 11:30 a.m. as Dr. William F. Loftus shares which exotic species are threatening the balance of the nation's largest subtropical wilderness and beyond.
Dr. Loftus recently retired after 32 years as a research ecologist with the U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) based in Everglades National Park. He served as the program manager for Everglades freshwater ecology studies and the south Florida biology lead for USGS. His accomplishments include the development of a long-term research program for Everglades fish and invertebrates, the assessment of subterranean aquatic habitats as a dry-season wetland refuges, and food-web research to investigate mercury bioaccumulation in freshwater animals.
Dr. Loftus is now head of a biological consulting company specializing in aquatic restoration and science communication. He continues to study the composition and ecology of non-native fish in Florida, and is an adjunct professor at Florida International University, serving on three graduate-student committees.
The Oxbow Eco-Center is a St. Lucie County Environmental Learning Center located on 225 acres on the St. Lucie River at 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. Lectures are free and begin at 11:30 a.m. Bring a coffee mug and enjoy some delicious bird-friendly coffee. For more information, contact Shannon Dack at 772-785-5833, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.stlucieco.gov/erd/oxbow.