Karl Havens, Ph,D. head of The University of Florida Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences is planning a series of retreats to conduct a process of strategic planning with the faculty and stakeholders of the Department. The goal of this process shall be to develop, as part of the Department’s Vision, a plan for becoming a Center for Excellence in Integrative Fisheries Science. The first two meetings took place at the Austin Carey Memorial Forest Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida on September 8, 2006 and October 13, 2006. Janice M. Fleischer, J.D., d/b/a FLASH Resolutions, along with Dr. Havens, designed the retreat agendas and facilitated each day’s meetings.
The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, is part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida. The Department is committed to innovation, excellence and integration of research, education and extension to support the protection and management of marine and freshwater fisheries and the aquatic systems that support them.
Research, education and extension programs in the Department are focused in four core areas:
Aquatic Animal Health
Conservation and Management of Natural Aquatic Environments
Research programs address key issues related to fisheries and aquatic resource management in the State of Florida, and involve a high degree of interdisciplinary and international collaboration.
Graduate students in the Department work with world-class scientists in an array of cross-disciplinary projects spanning the range of Florida's diverse aquatic systems. We emphasize field experiences, development of critical thinking skills, and strong faculty-student interactions and other educational experiences to ensure that our students develop a set of core competencies that are consistent with their professional success and sustainable competitive advantage.
Faculty and students in the Department participate in innovative extension / outreach activities that take fisheries science to a wide range of audiences from resource managers to public school children.