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FAU Frontiers in Science Presents " The Florida Everglades: Will an Alien Fern Strangle Its Restoration?

BOCA RATON, FL (February 1, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science presents John Volin, Ph.D. as a guest speaker in the Spring 2007 Frontiers in Science public lecture program.   “The Florida Everglades: Will an Alien Fern Strangle Its Restoration?” will take place on Thursday, February 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 126 in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center.  

In his presentation, Volin will present information on how the highly invasive fern Lygodium microphyllum (Old World climbing fern) spreads over the landscape and the ecological problems it poses in the Everglades restoration process.   Volin has long been interested in the challenges of preserving and restoring the Florida Everglades and the Big Cypress Swamp.   

Volin is a professor and director of environmental sciences in the department of biological science at FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Davie campus.  

This lecture is free and open to the public.   It is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.   For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or


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