Gainesville — Bidding begins today on artwork and photography created by Dr. Karl Havens, Florida Sea Grant director from 2007 to 2019. Karl 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.
Karl was also an avid photographer and a prolific painter. Funds raised through the auction of six of his photographs and six of his paintings will benefit the Karl Havens Excellence Endowment, a fund that supports students and research at Florida Sea Grant affiliated institutions in the areas of limnology, coastal and estuarine water quality, and harmful algal blooms.
“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,” says Dr. Sherry Larkin, Florida Sea Grant interim director. “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.”
Bidding on the artwork and photographs begins at noon (EST) 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.
To learn more about Karl and this effort, or to donate to the fund, visit: www.flseagrant.org/news/2019/08/contribute-to-the-karl-havens-excellence-fund/