Dr. Kenneth L. Heck to present Rimes Lecture Feb. 26

Mon, 01/26/2009 (All day)

Jan. 26, 2009

MOBILE – The Spring Hill College Biology Department will host the annual Rimes Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the college campus. Dr. Kenneth L. Heck Jr. will present “Seagrass Meadows: A Global Crisis for Coastal Nursery Grounds.”

Heck is a marine ecologist whose research has focused on plant-animal interactions in coastal wetlands, and on elucidating the role of seagrass meadows and salt marshes in the production of finfish and shellfish. From 1976-1986 he was assistant, and then associate curator, and also director of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Since 1986 he has been a senior scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) and an sssociate and full professor at the University of South Alabama. He served as research director and chair of University Programs at DISL and as associate director of the Alabama Center for Estuarine Studies at USA. Most recently he has served a Director of the Shelby Center for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management and is currently the chief scientist at DISL.

Heck has edited two volumes of scholarly works and published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles. He has been appointed to editorial positions at the journals Systematic Zoology, Estuaries and Coasts and is a long-standing contributing eEditor for the international journal Marine Ecology Progress Agency and NOAA Sea Grant. Heck received his B.S. in biology from the University of West Florida, and after serving in the U.S. Army obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in biology from Florida State University.

The Rimes Lecture was created to honor the Rev. William J. Rimes, S.J., who dedicated more than 30 years to Spring Hill College as a student, professor and college president. The biology building, Yancey Hall, and the chemistry building, Diegnan Hall, were constructed while Rimes was president.

For more information, call the Spring Hill College Division of Sciences at (251) 380-3070.