Plenary Speakers

Dr. Gale A. Buchanan

buchanan-head-shotGale A. Buchanan was born in Madison County, Florida, where he spent his first 18 years on a general farm that produced crops and livestock.  He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agronomy from the University of Florida and the Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Iowa State University.  Dr. Buchanan, was Dean and Director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from 1995 to 2004 and U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics from 2005 to 2009.  His latest book, “Feeding the World: Agricultural Research in the Twenty-First Century”, details his ideas on how increased agricultural research can lead to a more efficient food production system, one that can provide food for a projected population of more than 9 billion people by 2050.

Dr. Peter Colohan

Peter Colohan is the Executive Director of the Internet of Water, a project based at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.  Prior to this position, Peter had nearly a decade of Federal service with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  At NOAA, Peter was a key advocate for the development of the National Water Model and the creation of the NOAA Water Initiative.  He also served as a Federal Coordinating Lead Author for the Water Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, published in November 2018.  From 2012-2014, Peter served as the Assistant Director for Environmental Information within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama, on assignment from NOAA, where he worked closely with all Federal agencies responsible for climate, water and environmental science and technology.

Dr. Sue Newman

Section Leader, Marsh Ecology Research Group, Everglades Systems Assessment (ESA) Section, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm, Florida

Dr. Newman has been conducting research in the Everglades for 28 years.  The current foci of her research group are large-scale multi-disciplinary projects designed to support Everglades restoration by rehabilitating ecological function in nutrient enriched areas and examining key uncertainties associated with restoring flow to the ecosystem.   Outside of her research in the natural system, Sue is the co-lead of multi-disciplinary studies designed to optimize phosphorus removal in the stormwater treatment areas.  Sue obtained her Ph.D. degree in soil and water science from the University of Florida.  Her specialties include aquatic biogeochemistry, wetland ecology, and more recently food web interactions.