Florida Sea Grant is working to establish a sustained student-focused research program on water quality in memoriam of the program’s recently passed director, Dr. Karl Havens.
The “Karl Havens Excellence Fund” will support students and research at Florida Sea Grant affiliated institutions in the areas of limnology, coastal and estuarine water quality, and harmful algal blooms. Karl’s research focused on these areas, which are especially important now as the state is experiencing increased water quality and supply issues.
“I have been humbled by witnessing the mobilization of the agents and specialists in their desire to honor Dr. Havens,” says Dr. Sherry Larkin, Florida Sea Grant interim director, who is leading the creation of the fund. “Certainly, trying to move on in the wake of Dr. Haven’s passing has been challenging, but it has also provided inspiration and a sense of purpose.”
“With this fund, Florida Sea Grant seeks to continue Karl’s legacy of both scientific discovery and communication of science-based information to serve our coastline,” Larkin continued. “If we reach the endowment level of $30,000 we will be able to fund fellowships with the ultimate goal of having an endowed chair to carry on this important work on behalf of Florida Sea Grant.”
Want to contribute to the fund? There are multiple ways to participate.
Visit the Karl Havens Excellence Endowment donation page and make a contribution. This secure page is hosted by the University of Florida and all donations will go directly to the fund.
Participate in an online auction
Karl was an avid photographer and artist. Florida Sea Grant has teamed with Fracture printing to conduct an online auction featuring glass prints of Karl’s photography. Six of Karl’s photographs and six of his paintings will be auctioned. Bidding begins at noon on Tuesday, October 29, and ends at 3 pm (EST) on Wednesday, December 18. Visit www.32auctions.com/HavensExcellenceFund to view items and place a bid. All proceeds will go to the fund.
Karl was a leader in aquatic research of a type that is increasingly needed in Florida, as the state is experiencing increased pressures on its water supply and more frequent and severe harmful algal blooms on its coasts and in its rivers and lakes. Tell others about this opportunity to further research in this critical area.
Karl Havens was director of the Florida Sea Grant program from 2007 until his passing in spring 2019. He was a professor of aquatic ecology at the University of Florida and was a leading international expert on aquatic research, management, education and outreach. His area of expertise included the response of lakes and estuaries to natural and human-caused impacts such as nutrient enrichment, drought, climate variability and hurricanes. To read more about Karl and his legacy, go here.
Karl’s work is also being honored by the UF/IFAS Office of Research in their new Citation Classics series. The feature highlights one of Karl’s most impactful papers from Science magazine and can be found here.
Dr. Hans Pearl, researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, recently wrote this tribute in Limnology and Oceanography.
For additional information, to make a donation via different means, or to provide items to donate for the auction, please contact Sherry Larkin, Florida Sea Grant interim director, by phone or email:
Sherry Larkin, Interim Director
Florida Sea Grant College Program
University of Florida
PO Box 110400
Gainesville, FL 32611-0400
Printing of Karl’s photos for the auction was donated by Fracture printing in Gainesville.