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Dennis Hanisak

With great sadness, we share the news of the passing of Dr. M. Dennis Hanisak, a beloved and renowned member of the 麻豆精品视频Harbor Branch research faculty. Dr. Hanisak was a research professor, director of the Marine Ecosystems Health program, director of education at 麻豆精品视频Harbor Branch, and principal investigator of numerous research projects. He is remembered as an eminent marine scientist, a devoted teacher and mentor, and a pioneering conservationist for the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

Dr. Hanisak joined the research team at Harbor Branch in 1977, conducting research on marine plants (seaweed and seagrass) in the IRL and other parts of Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. He authored more than 70 scientific publications and co-authored the book 鈥淪ubmersed Plants of the Indian River Lagoon: A Floristic Inventory & Field Guide,鈥 a comprehensive floristic compendium of Florida鈥檚 remarkable Indian River Lagoon. His contributions to marine biology and ecology 鈥 particularly for understanding the health and stressors on the Indian River Lagoon 鈥 are innumerable.

Importantly, Dr. Hanisak was an educator. His leadership was paramount to establishing 麻豆精品视频Harbor Branch as a destination for training the next generation of scientists. He was instrumental in developing programs for students of all ages, from grade school through doctorates. He inspired generations of new marine scientists, and his legacy lives on through their work.

鈥淭his is an overwhelming loss for his family, friends and the Institute, and a sad time for us all,鈥 said Dr. James M. Sullivan, executive director of 麻豆精品视频Harbor Branch. 鈥淎s we move forward through this difficult time, we take comfort in knowing that we are able to honor his legacy by continuing the great work he started.鈥

Dr. Hanisak is a true icon of 麻豆精品视频Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. His passion was infectious, and his work made an indelible impact on the world.

For inquiries related to Dr. Hanisak鈥檚 professional work through 麻豆精品视频Harbor Branch, please contact James Sullivan at jsullivan@fau.edu or Patrick Boles at pboles@fau.edu.

For media inquiries, contact Chelsey Matheson at cmatheson@fau.edu.

Celebration of Life

Sunday, June 23
1 to 3 p.m.
Johnson Education Center at 麻豆精品视频Harbor Branch

Join us to honor the life and legacy of Dr. M. Dennis Hanisak. Space is limited and advanced registration is required for in-person attendance. A livestream of the event will be available for those who can't attend in person. IMPORTANT: Only registered guests will be admitted on the day of the event. There will not be day-of registration available.
for event details, in-person registration and access to the livestream link.

Dr. M. Dennis Hanisak Memorial Fund

To honor Dr. Hanisak鈥檚 remarkable legacy at 麻豆精品视频Harbor Branch, the Institute has established a memorial fund to support Semester by the Sea, a premier marine science education program he founded over 20 years ago. If you would like to leave a gift in Dr. Hanisak's memory, and support a program he was truly passionate about, please visit the link below.

Research

麻豆精品视频Harbor Branch prioritizes solution-oriented research that addresses critical issues affecting coastal zone, oceans, and human well-being. Research scientists take a global approach, conducting studies around the world in varying climates, ecosystems, and cultures.
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麻豆精品视频 (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is a world class research organization with a focus on exploring the marine environments, studying key species and understanding the connection between humans and the ocean. Founded in 1971 as Harbor Branch Oceanographic Foundation, Inc., the Institute expanded its reach to over 100 miles along Florida鈥檚 east coast when it joined 麻豆精品视频 in 2007. Located in St. Lucie County, our 144-acre campus along the Indian River Lagoon employs over 200 scientists, engineers, educators, staff and students. To this day, the Institute actively pursues solution-oriented research that addresses some of the most critical issues affecting coastal zones, oceans and human well-being.
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