personnel > G. Ronnie Best, PhD, PWS
Ronnie Best is a research coordinator with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is the Coordinator of the USGS's Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science. Dr. Best retired from University of Florida's College of Engineering where he was Director of UF's Center for Wetlands & Water Resources and a member of the faculty of Environmental Engineering Sciences Department. Dr. Best joined the federal service in 1995 as Branch Chief for the Wetlands Ecology Branch at USGS's National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC, Lafayette, LA). In 1997, Dr. Best moved to south Florida where he has served as Coordinator of USGS's Greater Everglades Science since 2001. Dr. Best conceived of and initiated the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) Conference(s) and the National Conference(s) on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER). Dr. Best has over three decades of research and teaching experience in the area of ecology, ecological engineering, and restoration and management of wetlands, most of which has been in Florida. He has over 70 publications including book chapters, technical reports, and journal publications; co-editor of a book on Okefenokee Swamp and is co-edited a special issue publication on Biogeochemistry of the Greater Everglades. While at UF, he taught and did research on wetlands ecology and wetlands ecological engineering, and served as major advisor to over 45 graduate students and on committees for over 120 graduate students. Dr. Best has Adjunct Professor appointments with University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University where he continues to serve on graduate student committees and occasionally lectures in classes.