Science Cafe

Science Café

Science Cafés help to promote scientific literacy by encouraging relaxed, open conversations among scientists and nonscientists of all ages.

Coffee, Chocolate, Conversation.

Fall 2016

The St. Johns River, An Overview

October 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Rob Mattson in the field

Rob Mattson, Senior Environmental Scientist with the St. Johns River Water Management District

In his talk at the Gillespie Museum’s October 27 Science Café, Rob Mattson will discuss the hydrology, water quality and ecology of the St. Johns River system and will also discuss some of the main management issues affecting the river and steps being taken to address those. This is a community event in partnership with the City of DeLand’s Water Festival, an outdoor celebration of water and art at Earl Brown Park, on Sunday, October 16.

Rob Mattson is a Senior Environmental Scientist with the St. Johns River Water Management District. He has been with the District for 11 years and prior to that spent 17 years as a Biologist with the Suwannee River Water Management District. He has a B.A. in Biology and M.S. in Zoology from the University of South Florida. At SJRWMD, his work mainly focuses on investigations of the ecology of the springs of the St. Johns River and application of that science to their restoration and management. Rob is also an Adjunct Instructor at St. Johns River State College in Palatka, where he teaches the course Introduction to Environmental Science.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

September 15, Gregor Falk     "Vulnerability of Coastal Regions in South Asia"

October 27, Rob Mattson           "The St. Johns River, An Overview"

November 10, Ethan Royal     "Field Notes From Archibald Research Station"