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Donald J. Spence
International Society of Arboriculture
Professional Grounds Maintenance Society
Biology Graduate Student Association; Founding Member, University of Central Florida
Florida Native Plant Society, Board of Directors
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
Florida Trail Association
The Surfrider Foundation
Former member of the Volusia County Code Enforcement Board
11/8/82-10/19/89. United States Coast Guard. Final rank of E-5, Storekeeper Second Class. Job titles held: Contracting Officer,
Transportation Officer, Budget Coordinator, Imprest Fund Cashier, Postal Officer, Commercial and Military Purchasing Agent, Senior Watch
Officer, Petty Office of the Watch, Law Enforcement Boat Coxswain. Auxiliary duties: Firefighter, Damage control team, helicopter landing
party, shipboard photographer, law enforcement boat crewman. Stations served at: Training Center, Cape May, NJ; USCGC Steadfast
WMEC 623, St. Petersburg, FL; Training Center Petaluma, Petaluma, CA; USCGC POLAR SEA WAGB 11, Seattle, WA; Loran C Station
L'Estartit, Spain, Sta. Mayport, FL.
United States Coast Guard Honors:
Honorable Discharge, twice received Unit Commendation with "O" (operations) device, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Sea Service
Ribbon, Antarctic Service Medal, Arctic Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Arctic Service Medal, Rife and .45 Pistol Marksman,
Cutterman's Pin, USCG European Theater Outstanding Operations Award.
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Graduated: 8/98, Master of Science in Biology,
Stetson University, DeLand, FL.
Graduated: 5/94, Bachelor of Science in Biology
Daytona Beach Community College, Daytona Beach, FL.
Graduated with Honors: 5/92, Associate of Arts in Biology.
Ormond Beach Middle School Teacher of the Month, December 2000
Two Scholarships: New Smyrna Beach Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc
Vaughn-Jordan Scholarship, 2 years
Mortar Board National Honors and Leadership Society, Treasurer
Beta Beta Beta, National Biology Honors Society, Historian
Stetson Biology Department Service Award
Outstanding Undergraduate Biological Science Presentation. Florida Academy of
Science Meeting, 3/94, Tallahassee, FL.
Who's Who Among American Junior Colleges
Daytona Beach Community College Hall of Fame
State of Florida Teaching Certificate, 2 year General Science/Biology
FLDEP S130 and S190 Controlled Burn and Fire Behavior Certificates
Certificate of Landscape Design, Professional Grounds Maintenance Society
Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture, No. FL-1341A
Changes in Abundance of maritime hammock vegetation in east Central Florida after twenty years and the distribution and density of tropical
plants in maritime hammocks of east Central Florida.
Activity and substrate selection of the Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistuarus milliaris barbourii, and the Florida Box Turtle, Terriapin carolina
Location and seed collection of the endangered plant Spigelia gentioidies;
Response of the endangered plant, Deeringothamnus rugelii to fire and mechanical clipping.
Basic physiological and chemical parameters necessary for seed recruitment in woody mangrove species.
Naturally occurring alleolopathic potential of the aquatic plant Brasenia schreberi, Gmel.
Structure and significance of the mucilage Herbivory in Brasenia schreberi.
Vegetation monitoring of restored scrub, Section 16, Deltona, FL.
Ground truthing of remotely surveyed ecosystems on the Disney Wilderness Preserve.
Spence, D.J, J. Weishampel, J. Stout, and W. Taylor. 1998. Composition and Change of Maritime Hammock Flora in East-Central Florida
After 20 Years. Master of Science Thesis, Department of Biology, University of Central Florida, 100 pp.
Spence, D.J. 1996. Vegetation Monitoring of a Sandhill, Colby-Alderman Property, Lake Helen, FL. Volusia County Technical Report. 25pp.
May, P.G., T.M. Farrell, S.T. Heulett, M.A. Pilgrim, L.A. Bishop, Don Spence, A.M. Rabatsky, M.G. Campbell, A.D. Aycrigg, & W.E. Richardson.
1996. The Seasonal Abundance and Activity of a Rattlesnake (Sistuarus milliaris barbourii) in Central
Florida. Copea 389 - 400.
Johnson, S., D.J. Spence, and G. Lycan. 1996. A Walking Tour of the Stetson University Campus Flora. Stetson University Press 25 pp.
Spence, D.J. 1995. Coastal Dune Plant Materials Nursery Handbook, Volusia County Technical Manual. 62pp.
Spence, D.J., L. Bishop. 1994. The Adaptive Significance of Mucilage in the Aquatic Plant Watersheild, Brasenia schreberi. Florida Academy
of Sciences Vol. 57, Sup. 1
Spence, D.J. 1987. Deepfreeze: A descriptive and pictorial record of USCGC Polar Sea's voyage to Antarctica. Reiner Press. 66 pp.
Hemphill, S. and D.J. Spence. 1985. Arctic West Winter: A descriptive and pictorial record of the USCGC Polar Sea's circumnavigation of
North America. Reiner Press.