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ABSI Science Advisory Board Members

The purpose of the ABSI Science Advisory Board is to provide objective advice to the ABSI Leadership -- Sandra Brooke (PI), Felicia Coleman (Co-PI), and Gary Ostrander (VP, Office of Research) -- and to the Community Advisory Board (CAB), a group composed of stakeholders who will develop consensus on science-informed recommendations for the Apalachicola Bay system management and restoration plan. The role of the Science Advisory Board members is to share perspectives on research and technologies proposed for ABSI, on how best to fill gaps in our understanding of the Apalachicola Bay system, and to take stock of related research and restoration efforts in the region.

Laura Geselbracht

The Nature Conservancy 

Ms. Geselbracht’s areas of expertise include resilience & restoration of coastal ecosystems affected by sea level rise,  habitat destruction, & other stressors evaluated by ecological risk and restored through proper design, implementation, and monitoring. 

Ray Grizzle

University of New Hampshire

Dr. Grizzle's areas of expertise include oyster reef mapping using a variety of remote sensing methods, quantification of the ecosystem services provided by oysters, restoration methods for oyster reefs, and oyster and seaweed aquaculture.

Roger Mann

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Dr. Mann conducts research on the physiological & population ecology of marine invertebrates; larval dispersal and settlement processes in estuarine and shallow water systems; and ecological restoration of oyster reef communities.

Bill Pine

University of Florida 

Dr. Pine conducts research to assess how riverine and estuarine ecosystems respond to management actions. His teaching and research interests mostly focus on quantitative ecology and using adaptive management to improve natural resource decision making.