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FAU Geosciences Professors Author Everglades Book
BOCA RATON, FL (July 11, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science geoscience professors Edward J. Petuch, Ph.D. and Charles Roberts, Ph.D., recently have written “Geology of the Everglades and Adjacent Areas,” a comprehensive book that contains the first complete overview of the historical geology of the Everglades, from the effects of the Chesapeake Bay asteroid impact to the modern Everglades marshlands.
The book explores the overwhelming amount of geological data that has been gathered from previously unexplored, inaccessible peripheral areas of where an explosion of housing, commercial, agricultural and municipal development has rapidly encroached on the edges of the Everglades.
“ Utilizing Dr. Petuch’s many years of field work in the quarries and canals of South Florida, we have reconstructed simulated space shuttle scenes of the Everglades and South Florida at various times in the past,” said Roberts. “From that, we created an animated map of sea level transgressions and regressions over 30 million years.”
Petuch and Roberts were able to conduct their field research from drainage canal digs, land and road fill quarries, and lake excavations for housing developments. Viewing the significance and frequency of the changes continuing in the Everglades, both Petuch and Roberts consider themselves extremely fortunate that they were able to gather as much data as quickly as possible.
Petuch has taught at FAU since 1987. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from the University of Miami. Roberts has taught at FAU since 1990. He received his bachelor’s degree in geography-anthropology from Vassar College, and his master’s and Ph.D. in geography from Pennsylvania State University.
Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.