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SEACAR - About Us

A view of North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve

The Statewide Ecosystem Assessment of Coastal and Aquatic Resources (SEACAR) - a program in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP) - is a collaborative process using current knowledge of coastal processes and scientific data obtained from inventory and monitoring programs around the state to provide the best available science to guide management, planning and restoration efforts. The project will provide status and trends reporting through web-based access to data and assessments and a tiered reporting format for a variety of audiences.

SEACAR Project Team

Cheryl P. Clark – Coastal Projects Manager

Cheryl received a bachelor of science degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology from Cedar Crest College and began her career in the field, conducting research in both upland and estuarine environments. In 2008, she accepted a position with Florida Department of Environmental Protection at Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Office and in 2016, she transferred to Tallahassee to lead the SEACAR project. Cheryl works closely with the SEACAR Resource Assessment Teams and the Steering Team to ensure the project is being successfully implemented and providing the best available science to inform management and policy decisions.

Stephen Durham, PhD – Environmental Specialist III

Steve is a paleoecologist and conservation scientist, specializing in mollusks, especially the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). He started working for RCP in fall 2017 as a Science Policy Fellow and was hired as a Research Scientist in fall 2018. His research uses recent sedimentary and fossil records, often in combination with data on living organisms, to: 1) increase our understanding of long-term ecological patterns and processes and 2) provide longer-term historical perspectives on variables important to habitat management. As a member of the SEACAR team, Steve serves as a subject-matter-expert for the oyster habitat portion of the assessment and leads the Historical Oyster Body Size (HOBS) Project.

Samantha Howe – Government Operations Consultant II

Samantha Howe earned a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Chemical Oceanography from Florida State University in 2019. Her research focuses on using stable isotopic compositions of nitrogen and oxygen to determine whether the nutrient flux from the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River System is exported offshore thus influencing the North Atlantic water column. She has been working with the Department of Environmental Protection since 2017 in data management and quality control. She joined the SEACAR Project Team in 2020 as the Data Manager for the Aquatic Preserve Water Quality Assessment and Integration Project.

Kathryn Petrinec – Environmental Specialist II

Katie Petrinec received a bachelor of science degree in Marine Science from Jacksonville University, and in 2006, began her career in water quality working as the manager of the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) for the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR). There, she was responsible for successfully implementing a long-term water quality and meteorological program. In 2014, Katie earned an associate in science degree in Computer Programming and transitioned into the SWMP Data Specialist role for the GTMNERR, where she currently performs data management and analyses of the water quality and weather data. Katie joined the SEACAR team in 2017 and served as the Data Coordinator for the Water Quality Assessment and Integration Project and performs water quality data management for the Aquatic Preserves through 2020.  

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December 22, 2021 - 8:11pm

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