George D. Gann

Chief Conservation Strategist & Chair of the Board
The Institute for Regional Conservation

Select Presentations

2017

Everglades Restoration and Rare Plants. Monthty meeting, Dade County Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society. Pinecrest, Florida.

Knowledge Cafe: Forest Landscape Restoration. In, VII World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Iguassu Falls, Brazil. Facilitator.

Knowledge Cafe: Operationalizing the New International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration. In, VII World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Iguassu Falls, Brazil. Facilitator.

On the Edge of a Continent – an Exploration of Comprehensive Rare Plant Conservation and Restoration in Southern Florida, USA, Over Two Decades. In, Reintroduction and Management of Rare Plants in Response to Global Change. XIX International Botanical Congress. Shenzhen, China.

Operationalizing the New International Standards. In, Assessing and Setting Priorities for Forest Landscape Restoration to Achieve Biodiversity Conservation Targets. VII World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Iguassu Falls, Brazil.

Plant and Animal Biodiversity: Including a Critical Element of Everglades Restoration. 32nd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference: Three Estuaries, One Solution. Fort Myers, Florida. Presenter and Moderator.

Restoration Standards. In, invitation only Forum on Biodiversity and Global Forest Restoration, on the side of VII World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Iguassu Falls, Brazil. Presenter and facilitator.

Scaling Down and Re-scaling Up; Using a Comrehensive Regional Conservation Approach to Enhance National and International Plant Conservation Strategies - a Case Study From Florida. In, Big Data and the Conservation of North America's Flora. Botany 2017. Fort Worth, Texas.

Vascular Plant Extinction in North America North of Mexico: What Have We Lost and What Can We Learn? In, Big Data and the Conservation of North America's Flora. Botany 2017. Fort Worth, Texas. Wesley Knapp*, et. al., George Gann, contributor.

2016

Developing a Protocol for Assessing the Regional Conservation Status of Species. Panelist. Biodiversity Without Borders: The NatureServe Network Conservation Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Global Conservation Policy. Delray Business Partners monthly meeting, Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Global Launch, International standards for the practice of ecological restoration - including principles and key concepts. Convention on Biological Diversity, COP 13, Official Side Meeting. Cancun, Mexico. Presentation by George Gann* and Tein McDonald.

Improving Species Selection for Restoration: Global Context, Resources and Tools. Biodiversity Without Borders: The NatureServe Network Conservation Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Plants of the Island of Puerto Rico: an Innovative Web-Based Conservation Tool for Scientists and Enthusiasts. Biodiversity Without Borders: The NatureServe Network Conservation Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Presentation by George Gann and J. Carlos Trejos Torres.

Present and Future Priorities for Plant Conservation in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, a one-day workshop. George D. Gann, panelist. Biodiversity Without Borders: The NatureServe Network Conservation Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Rare Plants – the South Florida Context. Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (University of Montana), speical meeting. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Coral Gables, Florida.

Redescubrimiento del Henequén Verde (Agave sisalana) en Yucatán. X Congreso Mexicano de Etnobiología, Asociación Etnobiológica Mexicana & Centro Peninsular en Humanidades y en Ciencias Sociales – UNAM. Mérida, Yucatán, México. Presentation by J. Carlos Trejo-Torres*, George Gann & Maarten J.M. Christenhusz.

Report on Global Launch, International standards for the practice of ecological restoration. Meeting of Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration. Cancun, Mexico. Presentation by George Gann.

Restoration of Ecosystems in Achieving Sustainability Goals. IUCN World Conservation Congress, session: Ecosystem Management for Conservation and Human Wellbeing. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Vascular Plant Extinction in North America North of Mexico: What Have We Lost and What Can We Learn? Ecological Society of America (ESA) 2016 Meeting. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Presentation by Wesley M. Knapp*, Anne L. Frances, Alan S. Weakley, Robert F.C. Naczi, George Gann and others.

2015

Plants of the Island of Puerto Rico, a Contribution to the Conservation and Enjoyment of Puerto Rico’s Plant Heritage. Special Event and Media Release. Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Rare Plants of Everglades National Park. Rare Plant Task Force, annual meeting. Gainesville, Florida.

Rare Plants of Everglades National Park: Their History, Conservation, and Restoration. Special Event and Media Release, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Coral Gables, Florida.

Restoration of Critically Rare Plants In Everglades National Park. Society for Ecological Restoration, 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Manchester, UK.

Sustentando la Conservación de Plantas Mediante Bases de Datos Regionales: Florida, Yucatán y Puerto Rico. Presentada en el XIV Congreso Iberomacaronésica de Jardines Botánicos. Fuerteventura, Islas Canarias, España. Presentation by Jorge Carlos Trejo Torres* and George Gann.

The Institute for Regional Conservation - A Community Partner in Delray Beach. City of Delray Beach, Green Implementation Advancement Board monthly meeting. Invited presentation.

The Institute for Regional Conservation - A Community Partner in Delray Beach. Delray Business Partners monthly meeting, Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Urban-Rural Connections to Develop Sustainability. X. Wang and G. Gann, facilitators. First World Forum on Ecosystem Governance. Beijing, China.

2014

Natives For Your Neighborhood, IRC, and the Importance of Native Plant Conservation. Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce monthly Business Partners Meeting.

2012

Floristics, Rare Plant Conservation, and the Use of Native Ecosystems as Models for Landscape Design in South Florida. Field presentation at Matheson Hammock Park to graduate students in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, students of Dr. Karen M’Closkey.

2009

A Global View of Ecological Restoration and the Role of the Society for Ecological Restoration International. Great Lakes Urban Habitat Restoration Symposium: Partnering to Restore Great Lakes Urban Nearshore and Riverine Areas. Chicago, Illinois. Special plenary invitation by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

2008

Approaches for Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring: Examples from Australia and Germany. Annual Meeting, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Tampa, Florida. Presentation by Richard Hobbs and George Gann*.

Ecological Restoration: Achieving Healthy Communities and Healthy Protected Areas. Symposium sponsored by Parks Canada, the Society for Ecological Restoration and Parks Victoria (Australia), held at the 4th World Conservation Congress. Barecelona, Spain. Moderator of facilitated discussion.

Restauración Ecológica: Integración de Aspectos Científico-Técnicos, Económicos y Sociales. Congreso Mexicano de Ecologia. Merida, Mexico. Presentation by Francisco A. Comin* and George D. Gann.

The Society for Ecological Restoration and the Convention on Biological Diversity: Working Together to Conserve Biodiversity. Invited presentation, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat. Montreal, Canada. Presentation by George Gann*, Nik Lopoukhine and Sasha Alexander.

2007

Closing Statement. Joint Conference, Ecological Society of America and Society for Ecological Restoration International. San Jose, California.

Creating Your Own Pine Rockland. Native Plant Day, Dade County Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida.

Key Concepts and Research Questions in Restoration Ecology (Symposium). Joint Conference, Ecological Society of America and Society for Ecological Restoration International. San Jose, California. Opening remarks and facilitation.

Mapping of Endangered, Threatened, and Exotic Plants on Florida Department of Transportation Rights-of-Way in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Florida Department of Transportation, District Six Offices. Miami, Florida. Special presentation by Doria R. Gordon, George D. Gann*, Keith A. Bradley, Steven E. Green and Amy M. Jenkins.

Setting Goals and Targets for Restoration and Management of Lage-scale Ecosystems (Symposium). Joint Conference, Ecological Society of America and Society for Ecological Restoration International. San Jose, California. Panelist.

The Rarest of the Rare: Native Plant Conservation in Everglades National Park. 27th Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Gainesville, Florida. Presentation by George D. Gann*, Kirsten N. Hines and Jesse M. Hoffman.

2006

La Sociedad Internacional para la Restauración Ecológica (SER) y su Papel en Ayudar a Establecer una Red de Restauración Ecológica en América Latina (o en las Américas)/The Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER) and its Role in Helping to Establish an Ecological Restoration Network in Latin America (or the Americas). Ecological restoration workshop in Ecology in an Era of Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Scientists in the Americas. The Ecological Society of America. Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

Natives For Your Neighborhood: Its History and Application to the Florida Keys. Regular Meeting, Dade County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Florida Keys Group. Key West, Florida.

The Whys and Hows of Restoring Rockland Hammocks in Urban Gardens. Native Plant Day, Dade County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida.

2005

Rare Species Occurrence Data: A Perspective from The Institute for Regional Conservation. Annual Florida Park Service Biologists Meeting. Key Largo, Florida.

Regulatory and Incentive Based Policies to Protect Threatened and Endangered Plants: A Perspective from The Institute for Regional Conservation. Model Native Plant Landscape Ordinance Workshop. University of Florida Levin College of Law. Gainesville, Florida.

2004

Creating Your Own Pine Rockland: The Rewarding Journey of Restoring a Critically Imperiled Plant Community. Native Plant Day, Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida.

Ecological Restoration – Lessons Learned From Around the World. IUCN – World Conservation Congress. Bangkok, Thailand. David Lamb, George Gann and Keith Bowers, presenters.

Governance Options: Society for Ecological Restoration International. Biannual Meeting of the Board of Directors. Chicago, Illinois.

Natives For Your Neighborhood: A Tool for Putting the Right Native Plant in the Right Place. 24 th Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Orlando, Florida.

2003

Public Outreach. Invasive Plants in Natural and Managed Systems: Linking Science and Management, in conjunction with 7th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Panelist.

Prioritizing Rare Plant Taxa and Conservation Actions on a Regional Basis. Rare Plant Task Force. Historic Bok Sanctuary, Lake Wales, Florida.

Wetland Mitigation and Mitigation Banking: A Perspective from the Society for Ecological Restoration International. International Symposium on the Restoration of the DMZ. Korean Society of Environmental Restoration and Revegetation Technology. Seoul, Republic of Korea.

2002

Creating Your Own Hammock. Native Plant Day. Dade County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida.

2001

Creating Your Own Hammock. Native Plant Day. Dade County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida.

Floristic and Rare Plant Monitoring in South Florida. Learning from the Past: Successes and Failures in Conserving Florida’s Rare Flora. Workshop hosted by Fairchild Tropical Garden and Bok Tower Gardens. Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, Florida. Plenary presentation.

Native Plants of Cuba and South Florida . Regular Meeting, Tropical Audubon Society. Presentation by George Gann, IRC, and Juan Fernandez, City of Miami Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Restoration of Floristic Diversity: A Case Study from South Florida. Ecological Restoration in Europe: Organising for the Future, Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Science. Budapest, Hungary.

Restoration of South Florida’s Native Plant Heritage. Lecture Series at Deering Estate at Cutler. Miami, Florida.

Restoring South Florida’s Native Plant Heritage. Florida Park Service Biologist Meeting, Naples, Florida.

2000

Climbing Ferns, Lygodium microphyllum and L. japonicum: Where Did They Come From, Where Are They Going, and What Do We Do About Them? Annual Conference, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. Key Largo, Florida. Panelist.

Creating Your Own Hammock. Native Plant Day. Dade County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida.

From Miami to the Fakahatchee: Rare Plant Conservation in Tropical Florida. Guest Lecturer, The Restoration Agenda: Blueprint 2000. Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. A.D. Laderman, Instructor, New Haven, Connecticut.

The Importance of Forest Fragments to Rare Plant Conservation. Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida.

The Importance of Regional Preserves to Rare Plant Conservation. Technical Series Presentation, Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management. West Palm Beach, Florida.

An Introduction to Florida’s Tropical Trees and Shrubs. Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida.

Lygodium, the Looming Menace. Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida. Panelist.

Restoring South Florida’s “Sense of Place.” Regular Meeting, Dade Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society. Miami, Florida.

Restoring Southern Florida’s Native Plant Heritage. Special Lecture, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of East London. London, England.

Restoring Southern Florida’s Native Plant Heritage – Restoration in a Regional Conservation Context. Annual Conference, Society for Ecological Restoration. Liverpool, England.

1999

Ecological Restoration and the Restoration of a Healthy Sense of Place. Fire & Grit – Working for Nature and Community, The Orion Society. Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Dialog chair.

Opening Comments. Tropical Restoration for the New Millennium, International Institute of Tropical Forestry and Society for Ecological Restoration. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Overviews of Current Knowledge: Biology and Rate of Spread. Climbing Fern (Lygodium microphyllum) Workshop, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council and South Florida Water Management District. West Palm Beach, Florida.

An Overview of the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration. Ecological Restoration Symposium, The World Bank, East Asia Environment and Social Development Unit. Washington, D.C. Keynote lecture.

Restoring Florida’s Sense of Place. Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Palm Coast, Florida. Keynote lecture.

1998

National Ecosystem Restoration Programs. Ecosystem Restoration: A National Symposium to Bring Together Ecosystem Restoration Practitioners and Researchers. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Baltimore, Maryland.

Native Plant Extirpations: Lake Okeechobee to the Keys. Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Presentation by George Gann* and Keith Bradley, The Institute for Regional Conservation.

Renaturalization of Semi- Natural Areas. International Conference on Restoration Ecology. Groningen, The Netherlands. Session moderator.

The Status of Exotic Plants in the Preserves of Southern Florida. Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Presentation by Keith Bradley* and George Gann, The Institute for Regional Conservation, .

Video Conference with New Zealand Conference on “Restoring the Health and Wealth of Ecosystems.” Annual Conference, Society for Ecological Restoration. Austin, Texas. Video conference moderator, US side.

1997

Biodiversity Conservation in South Florida. Regular Meeting, Earth Alert, University of Miami. Miami, Florida.

A Global Restoration Perspective. Annual Conference, Texas Society for Ecological Restoration. Junction, Texas. Keynote lecture.

Native Plant Communities.In, Green Grows My Garden, a live television program on WLRN Cable TAP, July 16 th, 1997. Miami, Florida.

Restoration: A Formula for Success or a Recipe for Disaster. 24 th Annual Ecosystems Restoration and Creation Conference. Tampa, Florida. Keynote address.

1996

An Environmental Relatedness Model: What Does It Look Like, How Is It Acquired? Annual Meeting, Society for Ecological Restoration. New Brunswick, New Jersey. Presentation by Ann Statham,* Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and George Gann, the Institute for Regional Conservation.

The Importance of Relatively Small Preserves in Preventing the Loss of Plant Species in Southern Florida. Monthly Meeting, Big Pine Key Botanical Society. Big Pine Key, Florida.

The Importance of Relatively Small Preserves in South Florida. Monthly Meeting, Eugenia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Vero Beach, Florida.

Post-Hurricane Vegetation Response in Air-Potato Invaded Tropical Hammocks With and Without Exotic Plant Control Efforts. Annual Meeting, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. Tallahassee, Florida. Presentation by Doria Gordon,* The Nature Conservancy, George Gann, The Institute for Regional Conservation, Elizabeth Carter, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Kevin Thomas, The Nature Conservancy.

1995

Making Your Garden Come Alive: Creating a Natural Habitat in Your Back Yard. Special Meeting, Bahamas National Trust. Nassau, Bahamas.

Making Your Garden Come Alive: Creating a Natural Habitat in Your Back Yard. Joint Meeting, Nassau Garden Club and International Garden Club. Nassau, Bahamas.

Nature. Regular Meeting, Brownie Troop 254. Miami, Florida.

Paederia foetida (Skunk Vine) and Paederia cruddasiana (Sewer Vine): Threats and Management Strategies. Annual Meeting, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. Clearwater Beach, Florida. Presentation by George Gann,* The Institute for Regional Conservation and Doria Gordon, The Nature Conservancy.

Post-Hurricane Vegetation Response in South Florida Hammocks With and Without Exotic Species Control. Annual Conference, Natural Areas Association. Fayetteville, Arkansas. Presentation by Doria Gordon,* The Nature Conservancy, George Gann, The Institute for Regional Conservation, and Elizabeth Carter, Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Preliminary Results From an Ongoing Survey of Vascular Plant Distributions in South Florida. Monthly Meeting, Florida Native Plant Society, Dade County Chapter. Miami, Florida.

Restoration of Highly Fragmented Ecosystems. Restoration Ecology, 4th Annual Conservation Awareness Symposium, Oklahoma State University. Stillwater, Oklahoma.

1994

Exotic Species Within an Ecological Restoration Context. Annual Conference, Natural Areas Association. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

1993

Environmental Identities as They Develop in Southeastern Florida. Annual Meeting, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Miami Beach, Florida. Presentation with Anne Statham,* University of Wisconsin, Parkside and George Gann, Ecohorizons, Inc.

Overview of Natural and Cultural Landscape Impacts (Panelist). Lessons Learned from Hurricane Andrew, Florida International University. Miami, Florida.

Reintroduction of Endangered Plants: A Political and Philosophical Discussion. Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Haines City, Florida.

Reintroduction of Endangered Plants within the Mitigation Context in Florida. Restoring Diversity: Is Reintroduction an Option for Endangered Plants?, Center for Plant Conservation. St. Louis, Missouri.

Restoration Following Hurricane Andrew: Can Local Conservation Efforts Help Achieve Global Goals? Annual Conference, Society for Ecological Restoration. Irvine, California.

Site Management: Management Issues in Theory and Practice. Land Acquisition Selection Committee, Metro- Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Miami, Florida.

Tropical Hammocks after Andrew: Damage, Response and Recovery (Panelist). Dade County Natural Areas: Post Hurricane Research and Resource Management, Metro-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Miami, Florida.

What's That Weed? Monthly Meeting, Florida Native Plant Society, Dade County Chapter. Miami, Florida.

1992

Recreating a Pineland or Hammock at your Home or School. Native Plant Day, Florida Native Plant Society, Dade County Chapter. Miami, Florida.

1991

Environmental Humanism: an Introduction to the Role of Ecological Restoration and Management in the Third World Tropics. Annual Conference, Society for Ecological Restoration. Orlando, Florida.

The Restoration of Big Wilderness in South Florida. Monthly Meeting, Florida Native Plant Society, Dade County Chapter. Miami, Florida.

1990

Ecological Restoration in the Third World Tropics. Annual Conference, Society for Ecological Restoration. With Reed Beaman, A.F. Clewell and Associates. Chicago, Illinois.

Florida Grasses. Monthly Meeting, Florida Native Plant Society, Dade County Chapter. Miami, Florida.

Tropical Rainforests. One World Indivisible: The Role of Nations and Communities in Preserving our Endangered Environment, The United Nations Association, Greater Miami Chapter. Miami, Florida.

1989

Pragmatic Considerations for the Ecological Restoration of the Everglades. Everglades: Spatial and Temporal Patterns as Guidelines for Ecosystem Restoration. With Andre Clewell, A.F. Clewell and Associates. Key Largo, Florida.

Bring Mother Nature Home. Eighth South Florida Conference on Native Plants, Florida Native Plant Society, Dade County Chapter. Miami, Florida.

Tropical Rainforests. Monthly Meeting, Sierra Club, Calusa Group. Fort Myers, Florida.

Tropical Rainforests. Monthly Meeting, Horticultural Study Society of Florida, Inc. Miami, Florida.

Tropical Rainforests. Ecology Awareness Day, Miami Killian Senior High School. Miami, Florida.

1988

Ecological Restoration at the Burger King World Headquarters. Monthly Meeting, Florida Native Plant Society, Dade County Chapter. Miami, Florida.

Rainforests. Monthly Meeting, Sierra Club, Miami Group. South Miami, Florida.

What You Can Do. World Rainforest Week Mini Conference, Florida Rainforest Alliance and Florida International University. Miami, Florida.

1987

International Conservation of Native Plants: Case Studies of Brazil, Costa Rica, and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Monthly Meeting, Florida Native Plant Society, Dade County Chapter. Miami, Florida.

International Environmental Issues. National Convention, National Council of State Garden Clubs. Bal Harbour, Florida.

Regenerating the Tropics: Opportunities for the Future. Tropical Rainforests: Strategies for Wise Management, Kuja Sni Research Group. Boulder, Colorado.

Rockland Hammock Restoration. Seventh Annual Conference, Florida Native Plant Society. Lakeland, Florida.

1986

Restoration, Mitigation and Related Concepts: Their Meaning and Value. Monthly Meeting, Florida Native Plant Society, Dade County Chapter. Miami, Florida.

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