Friday, June 3, 2022
Fairwinds Alumni Chapter
UCF Main Campus

This one-day conference will highlight results of current UCF Coastal research projects and introduce new projects and partnerships. We will feature two panel discussions focusing on resilient communities & ecosystems and resilient ecotourism.




1:00 – 1:05 pm Introductory Remarks: Graham Worthy, Director UCF Coastal

1:05 – 1:10 pm Welcome Remarks: Elizabeth Klonoff, VP for Research, UCF

1:10 – 1:25 pm Elected Officials Remarks: The Honorable Linda Stewart, State Senator District 13, Vice-Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Committee

1:25 – 1:30 pm Introduce First Session: Graham Worthy, Director UCF Coastal

Panel 1

1:30 – 3:00 pm Resilient Communities and Ecosystems: Chair: Chris Emrich, UCF Coastal


3:00 – 3:30 pm

Panel 2

3:30 – 5:00 pm Resilient Eco-Tourism: Chair: Sergio Alvarez, UCF Coastal


5:00 – 7:00 pm


Introductory Remarks

Graham WorthyGraham Worthy
Director UCF Coastal, Pegasus Professor and Chair Department of Biology, UCF

Elizabeth KlonoffElizabeth Klonoff
Vice President for Research, UCF

Senator Linda StewartThe Honorable Linda Stewart
State Senator District 13, Vice-Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Committee


Panel 1: Resilient Communities and Ecosystems

Christopher EmrichChris Emrich
Boardman Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration, UCF

Eddie BouzaEddy Bouza
Environmental Administrator, DEP Office of Resiliency and Coastal Protection

Randall ParkinsonRandall Parkinson
Research Associate Professor, Institute of Environment, College of Arts, Sciences & Education, FIU

Abdul-Akeem SadiqAbdul-Akeem Sadiq
Associate Professor, School of Public Administration, UCF

Joseph SchmidtJoseph Schmidt
Climate Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy


Panel 2: Resilient Ecotourism

Sergio AlvarezSergio Alvarez
Assistant Professor, Department of Tourism, Events & Attractions: Rosen College of Hospitality Management, UCF

Peter CranisPeter Cranis
Executive Director, Space Coast Office of Tourism

Sarah FangmanSarah Fangman
Superintendent, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Dave RandleDavid Randle
Managing Director, Blue Community Consortium

Scott SaundersScott Saunders
President and CEO, Fury Water Adventures


Black Sponsor

Office of the Provost, UCF

Gold Sponsor

Office of Research, UCF

Table Sponsor

Dixie Crossroads

The Montilla Law Firm