Florida Outdoor Writers Association announces recipients of its 2015 scholarships
(Gainesville, Fla.) “ Three aspiring scientists, all graduate students at the University of Florida, have been awarded $1,000 each as the 2015 recipients of the Florida Outdoors Writers Association scholarship for outdoor communicators.
“The winners are Jenny Adler, a PhD student in interdisciplinary ecology with a focus in journalism; Carrie Schuman, a PhD student in interdisciplinary ecology with a focus in fisheries and aquatic sciences; and Jordan Skaggs, an M.S. student in fisheries and aquatic sciences. This is the first time FOWA has given as many as three awards, according to Dorothy Zimmerman, communications director for Florida Sea Grant and chair of the FOWA scholarship committee. This reflects the highly competitive profile of the 17 entries we received from colleges and universities across the state,” she added.
The award are given by FOWA annually to recognize students whose career goals are to communicate a love and appreciation for hunting, fishing and other aspects of the outdoor experience. In the past seven years, FOWA has awarded more than $10,000 to aspiring writers, photographers and film-makers.
|Jenny Adler, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Brown University, is becoming a well-known underwater photographer of the freshwater springs in north Florida. She publishes both articles and photos on her Magnitude 1 blog (http://magnitude1.blogspot.com/), and has mounted a traveling exhibit of large-format photos titled Illusions to increase public awareness about threats to the springs. Illusions debuted at the Santa Fe College Presidents Hall gallery in October, 2014, and has also traveled to the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History. It will be on display at the FOWA annual conference in August. Although sharing the beauty of the springs and aquifer is important, it is also crucial to raise awareness about their decline, Adler says. Photography is one way for me to help Floridians make the connection between their lives above ground and the fragile springs and aquifer below.|