Presentation topic: Beach and shoreline ecology.
IS IT SAFE TO SWIM? Dr. Whitman is an internationally recognized expert in beach and shoreline ecology producing over 150 scientific papers approaching 6000 citations. His contributions include descriptions of new species, identification of neoarctic invasives, the discovery of novel non-enteric sources of indicator bacteria, and the development of modeling paradigms for recreational water quality. Dr. Whitman continues to contribute and promote beach and nearshore science especially within the context of large-scale changes in our environment. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1979 in chemical and biological limnology. He worked for NASA, taught biology at the Univ of Southern Indiana and Indiana University NW before being appointed as chief scientist for Indiana Dunes National Park. In 1993, he transferred to the United States Geological Survey where he led a team of about 20 ecologists and clerical staff at Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station. Richard retired in 2013 and is now a resident of Port Charlotte, FL.Dr. Whitman will address beach water quality, ecosystem health, and lessons learned from the Great Lakes.