Dr. Ernest Estevez

Ernie Estevez

Dr. Ernest Estevez received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida and until his emeritus appointment was the Director of the Center for Coastal Ecology at Mote Marine Laboratory, which he joined in 1979. Dr. Estevez conducted ecological studies in three dozen Florida rivers and bays, and worked for decades to link science and estuarine resource management programs throughout the state. A past president of the Florida Academy of Sciences and the Myakka Conservancy, with whom he received a Governor's Council for Sustainable Florida Award, Dr. Estevez is also the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida, and the Eugenie Clark Scientific Explorers Award.