Category Archives: Profiles/Spotlight

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We’ve been working with an incredible editorial advisory board for the last 12 years that has helped shaped our coverage since our first issue in April 2002. Their support and insights have ensured that we cover the stories and to...

Shinn’s Escapades Enlighten, Entertain

The first time I ever heard Gene Shinn’s name was in 1995 when he published a report in a journal called Applied and Environmental Microbiology showing how quickly raw sewage flowed from a Key Largo septic tank to an adjacent cana...

Profile: Suzanne Cooper

Her Best-Laid Plans Turn Out Even Better Like many kids who grew up in Florida, Suzanne Cooper always wanted to be a marine biologist. Luckily for Tampa Bay, she ended up earning a master’s degree in botany and then became a plann...

Grow a Modern ‘Victory Garden’

By Avalon Theisen Victory gardens were planted in World Wars I and II to supply fresh food at home because so much food was being sent to soldiers overseas. As the gardens grew, so did the people’s morale. Everyone was proud becau...

Profile: Tom Ries Wins National Award

Some people are lucky enough to win the lottery and spend the rest of their lives doing whatever makes them happiest. Other people are even luckier – they spend their careers doing exactly what they want to do when they retire. To...

Profile: Meet Jim Igler, Super Volunteer

If you’ve ever volunteered to help improve Tampa Bay’s ecosystems, you’ve probably met Jim Igler. He’s the guy who has a near-perfect attendance record at the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s Give a Day for the Bay events. Or you may h...

Erica Moulton: Making Science Fun

Profile It’s not often that skills a fifth-grader can master directly translate to the success of a deep-sea research mission – unless they’re applied to building underwater ROVs, or remotely operated vehicles. That...

Brandt Henningsen: Restoring our Natural Legacy

Profile: By Mary Kelley Hoppe The quiet mangrove coves and lush marshes rimming Cockroach Bay Preserve near Ruskin in southern Hillsborough County give no hint of the decades-long transformation there. Lands once used for farming ...