Dr. Tom Chesnes, associate professor of biology at Palm Beach Atlantic University, has been named the Environmental Champion of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park’s NatureScaping 2011 event on Saturday, April 16.
|Dr. Chesnes conducts seagrass research.|
Dr. Chesnes will be honored at 1 p.m. during the annual event, which begins at 10 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m. Entry to the park, located at 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive in North Palm Beach, will be free all day.
Specializing in estuarine and field biology, Dr. Chesnes has worked in estuaries and salt marshes throughout the southeastern United States. He has researched, presented and published work in a variety of areas including seagrass and invertebrate ecology, fisheries management, the invasive Burmese python in the Everglades and institutional sustainability.
He has coauthored works with undergraduate students in research, resulting in a number of peer reviewed publications and professional presentations. His pioneering and collaborative seagrass research within MacArthur Beach State Park has resulted in the discovery of an extremely rare seagrass species (Ruppia maritima) in the Lake Worth Lagoon.
Since 1996, the park has hosted a “green” celebration featuring one of the largest selections of Florida native plants in Palm Beach County, as well as environmental exhibitors, vendors, guest speakers, kids’ crafts, a silent auction, food and music.
The Great American Cleanup, a beach cleanup, also will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. that day with volunteer credit given to middle- and high-school students.
Money raised from the NatureScaping event will benefit the Natural Science Education Fund at the park. For information, visit the MacArthur Beach State Park web site or call (561) 624-6952.