Florida Environmental History

Presented By Steve Noll

This presentation examines the relationship of people to the land throughout Florida history. Starting with Native American settlement, it shows how Florida has shaped human existence in the state and how human have re-shaped the state itself. It focuses on how Floridians have worked to turn water into land and land into water. It also looks at the issue of water itself and how Floridians have gone from concerns of too much water to too little water in less than a century. Finally, it examines the relationship of hurricanes to shaping Florida as a state and a society.

Dr. Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from there in 1991. He taught special education in the public schools of Alachua County for 28 years before moving over full-time to UF in 2004. He has written extensively on two widely disparate topics- Florida history & the environment and disability history. In 2009, he published the award winning Ditch of Dreams, about the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal and is currently working on two books- one on the disability rights movement of the 1970s, and the other on Florida environmental policy and the politics of removing the Rodman Dam on the Ocklawaha River.

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