Green-Talks Speakers

The Art of Sustainability includes Green-Talks featuring nationally noted guest speakers and scholars discussing issues related to environment, art and sustainability. Guest speakers include:

• Wendy Anderson, Stetson University
• Keith Winsten, Brevard Zoo
• Dagny Tucker, Vessel and Thread Count Creative

Moderated Panel— Andrew Weintraub, Health First — Moderator
• Dr. Heidi Hatfield Edwards, School of Arts & Communication, Florida Tech
• Dr. Spencer Fire, Biological Sciences Dept., Florida Tech
• Dr. Ken Lindeman, Sustainability Program, Florida Tech
• Dr. Mike Slotkin, College of Business, Florida Tech

Schedule for Speakers - 2017 Registration

Speakers I plan to attend (check all that apply)

 10:30am-11:15am Keith Winsten - Is Sustainability Sustainable? 11:15am-12:15pm Wendy Anderson - The Moral Imperative of Sustainability. 1:00pm-2:00pm Dagny Tucker - extraOrdinary: Sustainability in the Everyday. 2:00pm-4:00pm Panel Discussion





Featured Speakers


    Wendy Anderson, Stetson University

    Professor and Chair of Environmental Science and Studies at Stetson University, Wendy Anderson studies various physical and biological movements of materials across ecosystem boundaries, particularly land-water interfaces.

    Since 1995, she has focused her research questions on marine impacts on terrestrial soils, plants and animals on islands in the Gulf of California, Mexico and the San Juan Islands of Washington state, always traveling with teams of student researchers. These studies have led to numerous publications and presentations, including a 2011 Oxford University Press book, Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion and Restoration. In Florida, she plans to focus her research questions on water quality impacts on plant communities within and around springs.

    Anderson joined the Stetson faculty as a professor and chair of environmental science and studies in 2014 after 16 years at another institution where she had served as a faculty member, department chair and campus sustainability director. In addition to her specific field research interests, her other scholarly interests include climate change, sustainable design, conservation biology and nature writing. Her research interests include Ecosystem ecology, Community ecology and Plant physiological ecology.


    Heidi Hatfield Edwards, FIT

    Heidi Hatfield Edwards is associate head of Florida Tech’s School of Arts and Communication, communication programs chair, and a professor of communication. She teaches courses in scientific and technical communication, mass communication and society, and communication theory. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Tech, Dr. Edwards taught public relations at the Pennsylvania State University. As a doctoral student she worked for the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia. Dr. Edwards has nine years experience in communication, working in television, radio, and print media, and in public relations and marketing.

    As a communication scholar, Dr. Edwards focuses on communication and social issues, especially corporate social responsibility and the cultural and societal implications of communication regarding health, science and technology. She is especially interested in how audiences use mediated messages, interpreting those messages and engaging in discourse with the message creators, opinion leaders, and other audience members. She engages students to think critically about media and society, bringing industry experience into the classroom. Her collaborations with media organizations like Florida Today/USA Today on science journalism projects yield published student work.


    Spencer Fire, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, FIT

    Dr. Fire’s research program combines an interest in the very smallest and the very largest organisms in the sea (and occasionally a few in between). From single-celled marine algae (phytoplankton) to shellfish, finfish, sea turtles, humans and marine mammals such as baleen whales, the interactions between these organism can tell us much about the status of our oceans' health. His current research focuses on the impacts of harmful algal blooms and their toxins on marine food webs and the health of sentinel organisms such as marine mammals. To carry out this work, he and his students focus on 3 core areas: 1) Developing and using molecular detection methods to investigate how natural contaminants move through marine food webs; 2) Drawing on field experience with small cetaceans and pinnipeds, as well as knowledge of field survey methods, to study marine mammal health and behavior in the wild; and 3) Combining a knowledge of large-scale oceanographic processes with laboratory and field methods to study changing marine ecosystems and their links to wildlife and human health.

    Educational Background: Ph.D., Ocean Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz (2007) M.S., Marine Science, University of California Santa Cruz (2002) B.S., Zoology, Brigham Young University (2000)


    Dr. Ken Lindeman

    Dr. Lindeman is a professor at Florida Tech who applies emerging science to advance coastal policy decision-making in the southeast U.S. and Caribbean. He started his first coastal non-profit in 1989 and has served >30 advisory boards/panels on land use, habitat conservation, fisheries and climate change. He has published approx. 70 peer-review research articles in 20 differing science and policy journals, and co-authored books by the Smithsonian Institution Press and Duke Univ. Press. He launched F.I.T.’s Academic Sustainability Program in 2010 with over 100 major and minor graduates as of spring 2017. He has lived in seven East Florida cities and three counties on the Indian River Lagoon.


    Mike Slotkin, FIT

    Michael H. Slotkin, PhD. (Mike) holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Economics in the College of Business at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. He earned his doctoral degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has taught economics courses in undergraduate, graduate, and executive MBA programs for more than 15 years.

    Dr. Slotkin is frequently asked to comment on local, regional, and national economic matters by regional newspapers as well as make media appearances on local public television. His research and consulting interests include sustainability and ecotourism, economic impact assessments, feasibility studies, cost-benefit analyses, and pedagogical issues. Dr. Slotkin was the lead professor in developing a short-term study abroad program offered by the College of Business and based in Madrid, Spain. This program, designed for both traditional and working students, combines online and classroom lectures with cultural and historical excursions as well as company visits, and integrates students from Florida Tech's main campus, extended studies division, and online programs.


    Dagny Tucker, Vessel and Thread Count Creative

    Using innovation, strategy & design Dagny's work pushes the boundaries of how we think about everyday decisions and builds the capacity in others to have real impact on today’s pressing issues.

    Words can be hollow: sustainability, fair trade, conflict resolution- but Dagny strives to put the fat meaning back onto the hackneyed bones of jargon. Sustaining means not only lasting, but good, solid solutions to complicated issues. Fair trade means truly happy families, laughter, food from clean soil on both sides of the trade lines. Conflict resolution doesn't mean buried in the sand or chilly relations, it means break through, break down, restart from the seeds of creation, it means sleep well at night knowing the children are safe.

    Her appointment with non-profit, business and government players has traversed five continents and navigates complexity to forge deeper understanding and actionable interventions for increased sustainability and positive peace. With a foundation in international peace, conflict & development, her work bolsters others and addresses “wicked problems” through novel ventures, engaging and sound frameworks, interventions, workshops, popular education pieces and media.

    She teaches at Parsons The New School for Design, was formerly the Managing Director of Strategic Global Affairs for New Hope Natural Media and is co-founder of Thread Count Creative and Vessel. A Tishman Scholarship recipient for “outstanding achievement in sustainability,” and a Ph.D (c) at Universitat Jaume I in Spain, Dagny has spoken at major conferences globally including United Nations Habitat II, Structures for Inclusion, Green Festivals and Natural Products Expo West.

    As an experienced actioner and ideator, she understands that a sustainable paradigm for the future is not simply the pursuit of a healthy environment, but a revolution in the understanding of interconnectedness.


    Keith Winsten, Brevard Zoo

    Keith Winsten has served as the Executive Director of the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida since 2004. Mr. Winsten has over 20 years experience in non-profit administration, communications and environmental education. He has worked at nature centers in New York and Massachusetts and at zoos in Rhode Island and Chicago.

    His work in conservation education and exhibit development has won numerous national awards and he has helped develop professional training programs in the United States, Brazil and China. Mr. Winsten has a B.S. in Biology from Yale University and a M.S. in Public Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Mr. Winsten is professionally active in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums where he chaired the Conservation Education Committee and currently serves as a Board Member. He is also Chairman of the Brevard Nature Alliance and a board member of Florida Blood Centers, Inc., The International Iguana Foundation and The National Elephant Center.