Curtiss Mansion Hosts Panel Discussion: Water Preservation in our Community

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Venue:Glenn Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs FL 33166


Curtiss Mansion Hosts Panel Discussion:
Water Preservation in our Community

In conjunction with the Curtiss Mansion and Smithsonian Institution's Water/Ways exhibit, come listen and participate in a lively panel discussion about water issues and the importance of water preservation in our community by experts Dr. Harold Wanless, Dalton Hesley, Dr. Jennifer Vielleux and members of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Glenn Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs FL 33166. Admission and parking for this event are FREE and open to the public (donations are gratefully appreciated).

For information or detailed directions to the venue, call 305.869.5180 or visit

About Dr. Harold Wanless Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami. He received his B.A. in Geology at Princeton University, his M.S. in Marine Geology at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, and his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. His Master’s Thesis was documenting the evolution of sedimentary environments in Biscayne Bay as rising sea level flooded the bay over the past 6,000 years. His Doctoral Dissertation was a paleo-environmental reconstruction of the early Paleozoic (Middle Cambrian) sediment strata in the Grand Canyon, a sequence recording dozens of marine to non-marine cycles resulting from sea level cycles. In 2010, he was named a Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. Dr. Wanless is actively interacting with policy and legislative groups at the local to federal levels to guide necessary decisions, including speaking at Everglades Coalition annual meetings, to various Florida Legislative committees, environmental and industry executive and steering committees, and the Council on Environmental Quality in the White House. He is co-chair of the Science Committee of the Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force and works with the South Florida Regional Planning Council to provide the science background for and projections of sea level rise for the coming century.

About Dalton Hesley Dalton is a Master of Professional Science graduate from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science specializing Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management. Originally from Minnesota, he graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) with a B.S. in Biology, focusing on animal behavior. In his my senior year, while studying abroad in the Bahamas, he discovered his passion for the ocean and coral reefs. After graduating from UMD, he took a year off to travel and expand his horizon, while also learning all he could about the ocean and its mysteries. He "fights the good fight" for the ocean, raising awareness and helping to promote a cleaner world for us all. Currently he is a Research Assistant in the Benthic Ecology lab at the University of Miami focusing on coral reef research and restoration. He is also Program Manager of the Rescue A Reef program (, a citizen science program offering expeditions for participants to receive a hands-on educational experience in coral gardening.

About Dr. Jennifer Vielleux Jennifer currently works as a Postdoctoral Associate for the Southeast Environmental Research Center within the School of Environment, Arts, and Society at Florida International University. Within this position, she manages the MacArthur Foundation supported Serengeti – Lake Victoria (SELVA) Sustainable Water Initiative to help examine water security aspects of ecosystems and human communities the Lower Mara River in Tanzania. Jennifer has worked with communities at different scales in Macedonia, Albania, and Greece in the Lake Ohrid basin; in Ethiopia and Egypt on the Nile River; in Laos on the Mekong River; in Canada, the United States, and Sovereign Nations on the Columbia River; and most recently in Tanzania on the Mara River. Having earned her PhD in Geography from Oregon State University under the supervision of Dr. Aaron Wolf, Jennifer focused her research on the question of human security changes related to water resources development. For this, she conducted field work in Ethiopia at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in 2012 and in Laos PDR at the Xayaburi Dam Project in 2013. Aside from her recent research projects, Jennifer's career includes research, writing, and analysis for Oregon State University's Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database, The Nile Project, The World Bank Group, various US Government agencies including the Institute for National Strategic Studies, the United Nations Development Programme's Prespa Park Project, Bright Power LLC,, and E/Environmental Magazine. Jennifer earned her BS and MS in Environmental Science, focused on hydrogeology, from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. She is a former Boren Fellow, USGIF Scholar, and recipient of the Gray Family Fund for Geographers. Jennifer is currently a Fellow with the Frost Science Museum, in Miami, Florida. Jennifer also photo-documents rural communities where she conducts research. Her images can be viewed on

About the Waterkeeper Alliance Since 1966, Waterkeeper Alliance has been strengthening and growing a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water. It is the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water, preserving and protecting water by connecting local Waterkeeper organizations worldwide. Its goal is swimmable, drinkable and fishable water everywhere. Waterkeeper Alliance is made up of over 290 Waterkeeper Organizations protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents.

The Curtiss Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is owned by the City of Miami Springs, which has charged CMI, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit group, to restore and operate the home and gardens of Glenn Hammond Curtiss, visionary aviator, inventor and developer, as an interactive technology-based educational center focusing on the inventions and contributions of Curtiss and other unsung American heroes, and as an architecturally unique, income-generating venue for celebrating life’s milestones. The Curtiss Mansion presents opportunities for the general public to experience and learn interesting things and enjoy this beautiful restored historic home and gardens. In partnership with the Florida Humanities Council, the Curtiss Mansion is hosting Water/Ways, a new and exciting traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian’s “Museum on Main Street” program, between September 10 and October 22. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s “Museum on Main Street” program is a key initiative in partnership with state humanities councils that brings national exhibitions to small towns.