The Western Everglades – Where we are and where we are going?

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Presentation  |  February 12

Learn more from Conservancy Environmental Science Director Kathy Worley about our current progress after decades of hydrologic restoration in Picayune Strand and its positive effects on the Everglades. Then, listen to Conservancy Senior Policy Specialist Marisa Carrozzo as she talks about the future protects of the Everglades.


Kathy Worley is the Director of Environmental Science, responsible for directing and managing organizational science research programs and supervision of the Conservancy’s environmental science staff. She is a working biologist and the GIS Specialist and Quality Assurance Officer for the Conservancy. For 18 years she has led the water quality research and assessment work on behalf of the organization. She also oversees mangrove research and restoration. Her work, in part, determines the causes of mangrove die-offs in areas near new construction and assesses mangrove restoration projects for long-term success. Kathy served as the manager and quality assurance officer of various terrestrial and aquatic ecotoxicological field studies in Florida, Hawaii, Iowa and Pennsylvania that evaluated the impact of pesticides on various fauna. She has co-authored various papers, technical reports on water quality, mangrove assessment and ecotoxicological reports evaluating hazard.

Marisa Carrozzo, Senior Environmental Policy Specialist in the Policy Department, is responsible for supporting and implementing the Conservancy’s policy initiatives for water resources and conservation lands issues regionally and statewide. Marisa has been on staff with the Conservancy since 2011.

Prior to her work with the Conservancy, she spent several years working for an international customs brokerage firm. Marisa also served as a Conservation Associate in the Conservancy’s policy department after graduating from Miami University (Ohio). Marisa provides policy analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support, and agency, elected official and public outreach to promote the preservation of Southwest Florida's environment. She is a member of the Florida Chapter of the American Water Resources Association and the Conservancy’s principal representative on the Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management.

Marisa is also the project manager for the 2016 Estuaries Report Card, a comprehensive review and assessment of southwest Florida’s estuarine watersheds.

The lecture series frequently sells out. We encourage you to reserve your seat for any of the upcoming presentations. To attend, please pre-register for the event by emailing Sophia Navarra at sophian@conservancy.org or by calling 239.403.4207. You will receive either an email or verbal confirmation of your reservation. If you do not receive a confirmation, we do not have you registered, please contact us again for confirmation. We stop accepting reservations after 3:00PM the day of the presentation.

Doors open at 5:30 PM. Program starts at 6 PM.

full list of 2019 Presenters

Dr. Jeff Schmid | Evenings at the Conservancy

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles

Dr. Jeff Schmid

Conservancy Research Manager

Marisa Carrozzo | Evenings at the Conservancy

Western Everglades

Kathy worley &
Marisa Carrozzo

Conservancy Science Director &
Conservancy Senior Policy Specialist

Dr. Jerry Jackson | Evenings at the Conservancy


Dr. Jerry Jackson

Professor Emeritus of Ecological Sciences, FGCU


Joanna Fitzgerald | Evenings at the Conservancy

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Joanna Fitzgerald

Director, von Arx Wildlife Hospital

Dr. Harold Wanless | Evenings at the Conservancy

Sea Level Rise

Dr. Harold Wanless

University of Miami | Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences


Dr. Vince Lovko | Evenings at the Conservancy

Algae Blooms

Dr. Vince Lovko

Mote Marine | Manager of the Phytoplankton Ecology Program


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