Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

October 2012 Speaker

Our October speaker will be Mr. Ray Jarrett, Sr. Biologist / Urban Forester, University of Central Florida and an  ISA Certified Arborist.

Ray Jarrett is a graduate from the University of Central Florida in 1998 where he earned a BS degree in Biology with emphasis in botany, entomology and Florida ecosystems. He is a field biologist with fourteen years experience and currently works for the University of Central Florida as a Senior Biologist / Urban Forester for the main campus.  He enjoys working outdoors and troubleshooting tree and plant problems, and also working with nurseries, growers, homeowners, and landscape professionals to help diagnose insect & disease problems.

Ray is a Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and a graduate from the Natural Areas Training Academy (NATA), managed by the University of Florida's, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. ‘The mission of the academy is to provide opportunities for public and private resource managers to receive up-to-date and practical information and training in the techniques and management strategies relevant to protecting Florida's natural areas.

In 2009, Ray completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) developed by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS). ‘The mission of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida's natural world among Florida's citizens and visitors. This mission is accomplished in part by FMNP instructors, who teach students in the program about Florida's environment using science-based information and interpretive techniques that prepare students to share their knowledge with others.’

In 2007, Ray completed the Interagency Prescribed Fire Course that is managed by Hillsborough Community College at Tiger Bay State Forest in Volusia County and attended Basic Wildland Firefighter Training in Gainesville in the summer of 2010. 

His topic will be Plants of the Scrub Habitat.