Havens, Karl

Karl Havens is Director of the Florida Sea Grant College Program at the University of Florida, where he also is a Professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Dr. Havens’ graduate degrees are from the West Virginia University and the State University of New York, and he has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Kent State University, as well as a term as Chief Scientist at the South Florida Water Management District before coming to the University of Florida where he was Chair of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences becoming the Sea Grant Director.
As Director, Karl provides leadership for strategic planning, program implementation, formation of strategic partnerships and investment of program resources. He is responsible for the objectivity, scientific rigor, responsiveness and impact of a program that expends approximately $7M annually on applied coastal research, education and extension. His research and outreach programs focus on responses of shallow lake ecosystems to natural and man-made disturbances. Current research is directed towards better understanding how climate variability and extreme weather events affect nutrient cycling and trophic dynamics in shallow lakes. He also is part of a global cooperative of scientists who are examining long-term data records from lakes to evaluate effects of climate change on their thermal properties. He works with a multi-university team that is investigating synergistic effects of warming and nutrient enrichment on cyanobacteria blooms. Dr. Havens has 35 years of professional experience in aquatic science and has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles in his area of expertise, several book chapters, several invited review papers, and three edited books.

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