Daphne Lambright, PhD

Accomplished environmental scientist, technical writer, and science instructor with more than 25 years of experience. Primary interests include increasing awareness and understanding of Florida’s contemporary environmental issues and the management of Florida’s water and natural resources.



PhD     Miami University, Oxford, OH – Botany

MS       Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA - Botany

BS        McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA - Botany


Selected Teaching Experience



Adjunct Instructor and Courtesy Assistant Professor for the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Geography

6 to 12 contact hours per semester

POS 3697: Environmental Law (lecture) for Environmental Science majors in the Policy Tract and students pursuing a minor in Environmental Policy. (Fall 2013, Fall 2014)

Examines some of the major issues involving environmental law including the regulation of water, air, and soil pollution and the management, conservation, and preservation of water and natural resources. We also discuss problems related to developing, interpreting, implementing, and enforcing environmental laws.

EVR 4027: Wetland Environments (lecture) GE Exit-Level Course (Writing Intensive) in the Major Works and Major Issues category. An elective course for Environmental Science majors. (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)

Using Florida examples, covers the general properties and ecology of wetlands, examines the distribution and functions of wetlands, and considers wetland conservation and policies.

EVR 4930/6934: Selected Topics: Pollution of Lakes & Rivers (lecture). An elective course for Environmental Science majors. (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014)

Water pollution is the degradation of water quality by human activities. This course will describe the types and sources of freshwater pollution; the impacts on human and ecosystem health; the use of historical and contemporary water quality indicators; examples of pollution control methods; and examples of state and national water policies and regulations.

EVR 4930/6934: Selected Topics: Contemporary Topics in Environment and Sustainability (lecture). An elective course for Environmental Science majors. (Spring 2013, Spring 2014)

This course explores some of the major scientific issues behind our understanding of sustainability. Topics covered include biodiversity, population, food and water resources, climate change, energy, public health, and the outlook for a sustainable future.

EVR 4930: Selected Topics: Assessing Sustainability (lecture). An elective course for Environmental Science majors. (Fall 2013)

This course examines some of USFSP’s current sustainability practices, identifies other projects that could increase USFSP’s sustainability, and students will propose ways to implement these USFSP projects.


UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA – Tampa, FL, 2004 – to 2011

Assistant Visiting Professor for the Department of Biology, January – December 2009

12 contact hours per semester

Biology 228: Biology of Plants (lecture and lab) for Biology majors (Writing Intensive).

            Examines the morphology, anatomy, reproduction, and physiology of vascular plants, with emphasis on plants and their role in human society.

Biology 242: Environmental Science and Policy (lecture and discussion groups) for Biology majors (Writing Intensive).

Covers many of the environmental problems facing society. These issues are discussed at local, national and global levels to illustrate how policy and cultural differences impact the various threats to the environment ant to the human population. Environmental issues are presented in context with their impact on natural ecosystems and their potential threat to human health and economic growth.

Biology 410: Senior Seminar for Biology majors.

An in-depth study of a current topic in biology. Requires an independent study project and presentation.


Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Biology, 2004-2008 and 2010-2011

3 to 9 contact hours per semester

Biology 112: Environmental Science (lecture only) for non-science majors   .

            An interdisciplinary course concerned with the historical, ecological, social, political and economic ramifications of the global environmental science. Addresses demographics, energy, pollution, natural resources and environmental policy.

Biology 124: Biological Science (lecture only) for non-science majors.

            A survey of topics in biological sciences structured in a lecture/discussion format to allow flexibility in pursuit of contemporary topics in biology.

Biology 203: Biological Diversity (lecture and lab) for Biology majors.

            Examines the diversity in the plant and animal phyla, emphasizing taxonomy, ecology, behavior, evolution and reproduction.

Selected Professional Experience

BIOTECHNICAL WRITING SERVICES, INC., Tampa, FL, November 2002 – present


As majority owner and principal employee, I am responsible for all business operations. The company provides ecological/environmental consulting and science writing services to government agencies, engineering firms, environmental consultants, and not-for-profit environmental and educational organizations.

Selected Biological Field Projects

Wetland Resource Assessments of the Central Florida Coordination Area (CFCA) Collected data on vegetation characteristics, species present, relative abundance, FLUCCS code, soil characteristics, photos, and hydrologic conditions for wetlands in Orange and Osceola counties. Provided summary data report with historical aerial imagery for 120 wetland sites for the South Florida Water Management District.

Ecological Monitoring and Environmental Assessment Services – Provide ongoing annual aerial photo-interpretation of land use and environmental changes at the J.B. Starkey and North Pasco Regional Wellfields for Tampa Bay Water.

Environmental Assessment Services Provided GIS mapping services for habitat types and land use categories of a 12,000‑acre property. Surveyed endangered scrub habitat and related threatened/endangered plants and animals. Delineated Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) communities.

Rare Plant Surveys – Updated the Element Occurrence Records (EOR) for the endangered Florida Goldenaster, Chrysopsis floridana. Ground-truthing known populations and identifying new populations to update the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) database.

Vegetation Mapping & Ground Truthing Provided a vegetation map of the spatial distribution and areal coverage of South Florida Water Management District-specified plant community types as part of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project (KRRP). Coordinated the activities of two 2-person field teams collecting more than 530 vegetation data points throughout Pools A, B, C, and D of the Lower Kissimmee River.

Habitat Monitoring and Assessment Conducted quantitative and semi-qualitative monitoring surveys and assessments throughout Florida.

·         Loxahatchee River Vegetation Survey (Martin County) – Identify canopy, shrub, and herbaceous ground cover, percent species composition, and exotic species presence as part of ongoing restoration project.

·         Xeric/Upland Monitoring – Conduct quantitative and semi-qualitative surveys of upland restoration areas in central Florida using transects and quadrants. Characterize canopy, shrub, and herbaceous layers by percent species composition.

·         Wetland Monitoring – Conduct quantitative and semi-qualitative monitoring surveys of natural and mitigation wetlands in central Florida using transects and quadrants. Characterize canopy, shrub, and herbaceous layers by percent species composition. 

Selected Science Technical Writing Projects

Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) – Provide ongoing technical writing and editing support for the CFWI team comprised of staff from the SFWMD, SJRWMD, SWFWMD, and from several state agencies, regional utilities, and other stakeholders. Responsibilities include for developing the structure, design, and format of the CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP), compiling information from multiple water resource professionals, editing the materials, providing document QA/QC, and producing the Draft and Final reports. New task added July 2014: provide technical editing and writing support for the CFWI RWSP Solutions Plan document. Estimated delivery date August 25, 2015.  CFWI Public Review Document link: http://cfwiwater.com/RWSP.html

C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir: East Pruitt Mitigation Site Monitoring Reports – Provide ongoing technical writing and editing support for Tampa Bay Water Annual Monitoring Reports.

Evaluation of the Potential for a Marine Zoning Area for Southeast Florida – As co‑author, provided data analysis, writing, and editing support to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Coral Reef Conservation Program. This report summarized results from a literature search, a survey of marine resource managers, and a survey of southeast Florida stakeholders designed to identify the success criteria for developing a successful marine zoning area. Report link: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/reports/FDOU/FDOU_23.pdf

Riverine and Tidal Floodplain Vegetation of the Loxahatchee River and its Major Tributaries – Provided technical writing and editing support for the South Florida Water Management District, Coastal Ecosystem Division. Data on the historical and present-day plant community composition and structure were evaluated to identify criteria for the long-term monitoring of floodplain vegetation.

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration – Preliminary Technical Report – Provided technical writing and editing services on-site for USACE, New Orleans District. This preliminary report summarized the baseline post-Katrina information used to provide “Category 5” hurricane risk reduction options for coastal Louisiana. Model scenarios were used to identify structural flood control, coastal restoration, and non-structural measures that could reduce hurricane risk for coastal Louisiana.

Restoration Plan for the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River – Provided technical writing and editing support for the South Florida Water Management District, Watershed Management Department. Freshwater, terrestrial, and estuarine habitat data were integrated with hydrologic, freshwater flow, and salinity models to select the preferred restoration flow scenario.



American Water Resource Association, Florida

Association of Environmental Professionals, National, Florida, and Tampa Bay

Ecological Society of America

Environmental & Water Resources Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers

Florida Academy of Sciences

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) and Suncoast Chapter of FNPS


Hillsborough River Watershed Alliance

Tampa Bay TMDL Stakeholders Group – Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) Development



SFWMD CERP Environmental Monitoring Data Quality Workshop

Florida Phosphate Producers ‑ Contractor Safety & Health Training

USACOE – Wetlands Permitting Workshop

FAESS – Florida Association of Environmental Soil Scientists; Hydric Soils and Whole Landscape Hydrology Workshop

SWFWMD and USDA ‑ NRCS ‑ Methods for Identifying Soils and Determining Seasonal High Ground Water Table Depth Workshop


Recent Publications

o     Berry, L., Boukerrou, L., Mehallis, M., Lirman, D., Grecsek, C., and Lambright, D. 2011. FDOU Project 23: Evaluation of the Potential for a Marine Zoning Area for Southeast Florida. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Miami, FL. 210 pp.  Report link: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/reports/FDOU/FDOU_23.pdf