Karl, Sandi and Justin - spending a summer
day in 2006 with Jim Fowler at his private wildlife preserve! Jim Fowler was the co-host and host of Mutual of
Omaha's Wild Kingdom for many years. It was an awesome day!
More of Karl's Background
In June of 1984 I graduated from East Hardin High
School, in Glendale, KY. On October 1st, 1984 I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served on active
duty for five years and four months, and was honorably discharged in January, 1990.
While serving in the Air Force, I was the only enlisted personnel ever to be released from active duty to work for
the Eglin AFB, FL Natural Resources Branch for the last six months of my service. I
then served eight months in the Air Force inactive reserves, and I remained in north Florida while conducting various natural history research and working towards my undergraduate
(Below) Karl with a Southeastern
(Myotis austroriparius), in a Jackson Co., FL cave.
I attended Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL for two semesters and Chipola
Junior College in Marianna, FL for one and a half years. I completed my
bachelor’s degree at the University of Mobile,
in Mobile, AL in 1999, obtaining
a B.S. degree, with double majors in Natural Sciences and Humanities (Philosophy and religion concentrations). I am
currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Science at Columbus State University, GA, and have completed
15 of 36 hours (9 class hours, 6 hours thesis field research on Florida Bats
(Below) Karl capturing a
Gulf Salt Marsh snake.
Mobile Co., AL. 1997.
In my career, I’ve conducted or assisted
in around 40 ecological research projects, for nearly 20 private, State and Federal organizations. I have also written or published over 50 natural history, scientific articles or reports. Additionally, I have given about 400 natural history presentations
and lectures and appeared on or hosted eleven television programs about wildlife and the environment.
In 2009 and 2010 I am working as an AmeriCorps Member in Florida State Parks, in the Pensacola area. Through AmeriCorps
I am conducting extensive environmental education programs, community service projects, ecological research and inventories,
and resource management projects.
I am extremely dedicated and determined to make a positive difference concerning the incredible and awesome natural history
of the northern Gulf Coast, while helping children, adults and the region too!
(Below) Karl and his little buddy -
Tripod (a Diamondback terrapin).
(Above) Karl searching for turtles in
Lake Seminole (FL & GA)
Pg. 7 Upcoming Events & News