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

  • Dr. Heidi Hatfield Edwards, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Ken Lindeman, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Mike Slotkin, Florida Institute of Technology

Schedule for Speakers - 2017 Registration

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SATURDAY  25th
 10:30-11:15pm Keith Winsten 11:15-12:15pm Wendy Anderson 1:00pm-2:00pm Dagny Tucker 2:00pm-4:00pm Panel Discussion

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    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.


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    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.


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    Ken Lindeman, FIT, Professor, Education and Interdisciplinary Studies

    Our research focuses on best practices in sustainable management for shallow coastal habitats, sea level adaptation, and marine reserves with an emphasis on traditional knowledge. Geographic foci include east Florida (Cape Canaveral to the Dry Tortugas) and the northwest Caribbean. Chairing the Florida Tech Sustainability Program with an emphasis on systems science and policy has been a primary focus since 2010. In 2016, we will exceed 80 graduates with the sustainability major or minor. Students co-administer our F.I.T. Virtual Climate Adaptation Library with >1800 pdfs available from >90 global regions.


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    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.


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    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. Her appointment with non-profit, business and government players has traversed five continents and navigates complexity to forge deeper and actionable understandings of sustainability and positive peace. .

    With a foundation in international peace, conflict & development, her work aims to bolster others working on “wicked problems” through novel, engaging and sound frameworks, interventions, workshops, popular education pieces and media. Words can be hollow: sustainability, fair trade, conflict resolution- but Dagny strives to put the fat meaning back onto the hackneyed bones of jargon.

    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. She is a Tishman Scholarship recipient for “outstanding achievement in sustainability,” and a Ph.D (c) at Universitat Jaume I in Spain. Drawing from extensive inside institutional work on big picture analysis and in-depth community based research, her work translates complex systems and process and her diverse background brings a unique and integral vision to all her projects.


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    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.