JU Research Team
Jacksonville University

Lucy SonnenbergGerry PintoNisse GoldbergAnthony Ouellette

Lucinda B. Sonnenberg, Ph.D. - Co-Principal Investigator
Lucy Sonnenberg, JU Director, Millar Wilson Laboratory for Chemical Research
Research Associate Professor of Chemistry
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd North
Jacksonville, Florida 32211
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Phone: (904) 256-7332
Fax: 904-256-7573

Education
1989 Ph.D. (Environmental Sciences and Engineering – Water Chemistry), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1984 M.S. (Environmental Engineering and Sciences – Water Chemistry), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
1980 B.A. (Chemistry and Biology), University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Lucy Sonnenberg, Ph.D., is a research professor of chemistry and the research director of the Millar Wilson Laboratory for Chemical Research (MWL) at Jacksonville University. Under her directorship, the multifaceted mission of the MWL is to conduct novel research in environmental chemistry, provide rigorous and meaningful environmental research experiences to undergraduate students, and to serve as an environmental chemistry resource to area agencies and institutions. Sonnenberg and her students have conducted research on organochlorine contaminants in water and sediment, bioavailability and bioaccumulation of contaminants, carbon and nitrogen cycling in natural and wastewater systems, and the effects of natural organic matter on pollutant fates and effects. In addition, the laboratory has performed numerous assessments of stormwater management technologies. She is a member of the national American Chemical Society and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and she interacts regularly with local environmental scientists and engineers, in large part by participation in the Lower St. Johns River Technical Advisory Committee.

Dr. Sonnenberg is the River Report team member responsible for evaluating contamination of the St. Johns River sediments with toxic chemicals and lead author on the contaminants section.  She also authored the water quality sections on nutrients and algal blooms, and provided information on local actions to improve the LSJR ecosystem and various management activities.

Gerard F. Pinto, Ph.D.
Gerry Pinto, JU

Associate Research Scientist
Marine Science Research Institute
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32211-3394
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Phone: (904) 256-7338
Fax: (904) 256-7573
Manatee Hotline: (904) 256-7575

Education
1993 Ph.D. (Fisheries & Allied Aquacultures), Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
1991. (Master of Aquaculture), Auburn University, Auburn, Albama
1988. B.S.  (Fishery Science), Plymouth Polytechnic, Plymouth, England

Gerard F. Pinto, Ph.D. is an Associate Research Scientist at the Marine Science Research Institute at Jacksonville University. Over the past decade he helped to develop and implement State approved Manatee Protection Plans for Duval and Clay Counties.  He is a consultant to the City of Jacksonville Waterways Commission and conducts research to monitor manatee populations in northeast Florida. Gerry has worked to raise public awareness about manatee issues through the Manatee Research Center Online (MARCO) web site, safe boating and speed zone advisory guides, educational seminars, TV and print media.  He conducts aerial surveys and manages a manatee Geographic Information System data base of aerial sightings. He has conducted research in habitat mapping for manatees and gopher tortoises, water quality monitoring, ecosystem restoration, vessel traffic and compliance studies, near water surface acoustical studies, and manatee scar patterns. In addition, he has a background in fisheries and aquaculture and has conducted research, teaching or work on commercial fish production systems and marketing in the Caribbean, Kenya and the U.S. His future research interests include fisheries sampling and the impact of freshwater withdrawals, sea level rise and harbor deepening activities on the flora and fauna of the Lower St. Johns River Basin.

Dr. Pinto gathered, evaluated data for, and authored the sections on Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and Federally Endangered & Threatened Species (Manatees, Bald Eagles, Wood Storks, Shortnose Sturgeon, Piping Plover, Florida Scrub-jay and Eastern Indigo Snake). In 2013 he also took over the role as author of the fisheries section of the report.

Nisse Goldberg, Ph.D.
Nisse Goldberg, JU

Associate Professor
Department of Biology and Marine Science
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32211-3394
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Phone: (904) 256-7322
Fax: (904) 256-7573

Education
Ph.D., University of Western Australia
M.S., San Jose State University
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Areas of Specialization: Terrestrial and Marine Botany and Ecology

Nisse Goldberg, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Biology and Marine Science at Jacksonville University. She updated the Wetlands sections, including a new case studies feature, and she will explore wetland health as a function of environmental variables. She also covered nonnative species in the LSJRB.  Dr. Goldberg research interests include temporal and spatial changes of photosynthetic organisms living in terrestrial, intertidal, and marine habitats. As a subtidal ecologist she has studied seaweed diversity in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Georgia, and is interested in seaweed and diatom diversity in the LSJRB as well. As a terrestrial ecologist she studies changes in plant diversity in the Florida rosemary scrub habitat and LSJR marsh islands, as well as temporal changes in an oak hammock after the devastation of red bays by invasive beetles. She is currently working on mangrove distribution and phenology in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Estuarine Reserve. At JU she teaches courses in Ecology, Botany, Marine Botany and Conservation Ecology, among others, and incorporates a strong component of service-learning in many of her courses with community partners such as the National Park Service, Tree Hill Nature Center, Arlington Community Garden, and the SJR Riverkeeper.

Dr. Goldberg gathered, evaluated data for, and authored the sections on wetlands, macroinvertebrates, and  non-native aquatic species.

Anthony J. A. Ouellette, Ph.D.
Anthony Ouellette, JU

Associate Professor and Co-Chair
Department of Biology and Marine Science
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32211-3394
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Phone: (904) 256-7299

Education
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
B.A., University of Central Florida

Areas of Specialization: Aquatic microbiology (cyanobacteria)

Anthony Ouellette is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Biology and Marine Science at Jacksonville University. His interests are in toxic cyanobacteria, in particular Microcystis in the St. Johns River watershed. Microcystis is a cyanobacterial genus that includes toxic and non-toxic members.  Toxic members synthesize microcystin a hepatotoxin that has many known structural variants.  Toxic Microcystis are cosmopolitan and cause great health concern, particularly when they occur in drinking reservoirs or recreational areas.

Dr. Ouellette gathered, evaluated data for, and authored the algal blooms section of the report.

 
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