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Thomas Crisman

Dr. Thomas L. Crisman, Patel Professor of Environment, University of South Florida, holds the position of Patel Professor of Environment jointly in the Patel Center for Global Solutions and the Division of Integrative Biology, Biology Department, University of South Florida in Tampa.

Prior to assuming that position, he was Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida for 30 years and Director of the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands for 11 years. In 1992, he was named Teacher/Scholar of the Year, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member at the University of Florida.

His research focuses on the ecology, conservation and management of subtropical and tropical wetlands, lakes, estuaries and streams, and he has received over $11 million in research funding over the course of his career. His current research is being conducted in Greece, Uganda, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Florida. He has presented over 250 presentations at scientific meetings throughout the world and is the author of over 160 refereed journal articles, book chapters and books.