SCF Libraries to Present Faculty Lecture Series

(Bradenton, Fla., November 4, 2010) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Libraries will present the second set of lectures in a new faculty series at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, at SCF Bradenton and SCF Venice. Receptions will follow the lectures.

The lectures will be held via state-of-the-art video conferencing technology to allow audiences at each campus to participate simultaneously. The lectures will feature two SCF natural sciences faculty members Dr. Andrew Swanson, associate professor and Dr. Robert Griffin, adjunct instructor.

Swanson will present, “Surfing with slime molds: Biogeography and ecology of Hawaiian Dictyostelids.” Swanson received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in botany from Ohio University. Considered a world authority on the biogeography of Dictyostelid (cellular) slime molds, he has published articles in journals such as Systems Geology of Plants, Mycologia, Proceedings to the West Virginia Academy of Science, and the Journal of Biogeography. He also published “A Guide to the Common Dictyostelid Slime Molds of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Griffin will present, “Sperm whale distributions in the North Atlantic, and dolphins on the Florida continental shelf.” Griffin received a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in mammalogy from the University of Kansas. He has published articles in journals such as Aquatic Mammals, Gulf of Mexico Science, Marine Mammal Science, and Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fisheries and is a contributing author of “The Northeast Shelf Ecosystem: Assessment, Sustainability, and Management.”

Each hour-long discussion will include a presentation of research, a moderator’s response and audience questions. A display of research and resources on the topics will be available in the college’s libraries. Receptions will follow the lectures held at each campus.

The lectures will be held in SCF Libraries at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, building 8, and SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 300. Maps and directions are online at

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