FCRC Consensus Center
Robert Jones (L) and Jeff Blair (R), with the Florida State University FCRC Consensus Center, have been retained to conduct a series of stakeholder interviews and to design and facilitate the process and meetings of the ABSI Community Advisory Board. Jones and Blair are accomplished public policy facilitators with the Center who have over 30 years of experience working with communities to build consensus on natural resource, marine fisheries and oyster fisheries issues in Florida and nationally.
Dr. Steve Leitman has worked in the Apalachicola basin for over 40 years for federal and state government organizations as well as for several NGO's. On the ABSI project Dr. Leitman will evaluate fresh water inflow to the Apalachicola estuary under a range of reservoir management scenarios and alternate climate scenarios.
Dr. Morey (Florida A&M University School of the Environment) is a physical oceanographer with expertise modeling hurricanes and climate variability on marine and estuarine systems. For this project, he will develop a high-resolution numerical model of Apalachicola Bay and surrounding estuaries to evaluate different management and climate scenarios provided by Dr. Leitman's work. The model will estimate responses of the Bay to variability in freshwater input and atmospheric forcing, forming the basis for a biophysical model of larval transport between oyster reefs and nearby estuaries.
Dr. Steve Leitman
Dr. Steve Morey