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CURRENT POSITIONS

         Emeritus, Associate Scientist (faculty position), Florida Museum of Natural History, Department of Natural History,

         University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (retired, January 2008).Associate Scientist (faculty position), Florida Museum of Natural History, Department of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (1972-2002). Assigned to the Katharine Ordway Preserve-Carl S. Swisher Sanctuary, Melrose, FL (1983-2008).

         Affiliate Associate in Ecology (faculty position), Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville (1986-2002).

         Assistant Scientist (faculty position), Florida Museum of Natural History, Department of Natural History (2002-2008).

                 Affiliate Assistant Scientist (faculty position), Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida (2002-2008)
                 Appointment to the Graduate School, University of Florida (1988-present).

ACADEMIC HONORS\

         Certificate of Merit for outstanding contributions in the field of Speleology, National Speleological Society (awarded August l972).

         Fellow of the National Speleological Society (awarded August l972).

         Gopher Tortoise Council Award (awarded October 1983).

         Gopher Tortoise Council established the Auffenberg-Franz Student Conservation Award, 2005

Special Honors (patronyms):

         Dasyscias franzi Thompson and Hershler (Mollusca, Gastropoda)

         Procambarus franzi Hobbs and Lee (Crustacea, Decapoda)

         Stygobromus franzi Holsinger (Crustacea, Amphipoda)

         Caecidotea franzi Holsinger and Bowman (Crustacea, Isopoda)

         Nenisca franzi Thompson (Mollusca, Gastropoda)

RECENT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES IN PALATKA, FLORIDA:
  • Co-chairperson (with Shann Purinton), management of the Water Works Environmental Education Center in Palatka, (2010-present). We established a community organic garden, education programs including visitor  and school tours, development of kiosks & management of volunteers, restorations of former urban landscapes into natural communities (calcareous spring, wetlands, sandhill, and hardwood forest), obtained grants from local rotary clubs, Georgia Pacific, and other local civic and business organizations.  We worked with FWC and  their Waif Gopher Tortoise program to bring three female gopher tortoises to the sandhill restoration for public programs. We work closely with the Palatka city commission who own the property and with various  city departments.

  • Member of the St. Johns River Center Committee, who provided the content for the environmental education on the Palatka water front.

  • Member of the Bartram Committee of Putnam County (2013-present) to bring visitors and entrepreneurial opportunities to Palatka, including the annual Bartram Frolic, held on the water front.

  • Local committee member to organize the National Bartram Trail Conference, held in Palatka, October 2015.

  • Co-Chairperson of the Gopher Tortoise Council (2015-present), organized the 39th annual meeting of the Gopher Tortoise Council, held in Palatka.