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Michael A. Reiter
Bethune-Cookman University, USA
Professor of Environmental Science
Chair, Department of Integrated Environmental Science
Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary/Supradisciplinary), Natural Resource Management, Ecology (general, aquatic, stream, algal, marine/coastal), Conservation Biology/Ecology, Limnology, Phycology, Environmental Biology, General Biology, Microbiology, on-site field courses (domestic and international)
Dr. Michael A. Reiter is Professor of Environmental Science and Chair of the Department of Integrated Environmental Science at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Muskingum College in Ohio, an M.S. in Biology from Kent State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. His primary research is in integrated ecosystem management, focusing on the development and application of interdisciplinary stakeholder-based methods for addressing wicked environmental problems from a systems perspective. Dr. Reiter is also a principal developer of Combined Ecological-Societal Systems Modeling and the Integrated Assessment and Ecosystem Management Protocol, a combination that seeks to meet the need for a truly integrated ecosystem management method. He is a past President and Counselor for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, Associate Editor for the international journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, and a founding Co-Chair of the Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems Roundtable, a growing effort to establish proposals for the design and development of interdisciplinary and higher-order environmental courses and programs in higher education. Dr. Reiter has been a PI or Co-PI for over $27 million in funded individual and consortium grants from sources including NOAA, USDA, the DuPont Foundation, and Carnegie-Mellon, has over 50 refereed publications in several different fields of study, has received multiple university and national awards for his teaching and research, and has been invited to numerous countries to present his work (including an affiliated parallel workshop of the UN Rio+20 summit in Brazil). His goal is to emphasize the importance of making scientifically informed, broadly based decisions concerning present and future environmental sustainability concerns, and to help ensure that such broadly trained individuals exist in the near future.