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James A. Gore


James A. Gore

Meet James A. Gore

Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences; Professor, Biology


1971 University of Colorado, BA (Zoology)

1976 University of Montana, MA (Zoology)
1981 University of Montana, Ph.D. (Zoology)

Career Specialties:

Dr. Jim Gore's primary research interest is in the ecology of rivers and streams and the conservation of water resources; especially the influence of channel hydraulics on the distribution of riverine biota, establishing conservation flows for river ecosystems, and the potential impacts of climate change on the success of invasive species.


Professional and Community Activities:

Dr. Gore has 30 years of teaching experience and has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Environmental Studies, Introduction to Hydrology, Environmental Issues, Environmental Law and Regulations, Water Resources Management, Aquatic Entomology, Stream Ecology, Conservation Biology, Ecology of Sub-Saharan Africa and Restoration Ecology.

He has served as the Executive Director of the Choctawhatchee-Pea Rivers Watershed Management Authority in Alabama and director of the Environmental Protection Division of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida. He has held sabbatical appointments as guest professor at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and as research ecologist with the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station. Dr. Gore is a Fulbright scholar having held senior research fellowships in Israel (six weeks) and southern Africa (12 months). Dr. Gore is also a U.S. Navy veteran having served two combat tours in Vietnam.

Dr. Gore has over 135 publication credits including three books, The Restoration of Rivers and Streams, Alternatives in Regulated River Management and the soon to be released Rapid Bioassessment of Stream Health, and more than 75 papers, book chapters and technical reports in aquatic biology and hydrology. Most recent publications include "Florida River Flow Patterns and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation" published in River Research and Applications, and book chapters entitled, "Processes Influencing Aquatic Fauna" and "The Benefits and Risks of Ecohydrological Models to Water Resource Management Decisions" which appeared in the 2009 text, Ecohydrology: Processes, Models and Case Studies (CABI Publ., London). He has been invited to present a paper on the impacts of global climate change on river ecosystems in Florida at an international meeting on climate change to be held in 2010.

Dr. Gore's current research is primarily funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He also serves as the editor of the international journal, River Research and Applications (Wiley) and on the editorial board of three other international journals.

In the past few years, he has taught in U.S. State Department sponsored workshops on regulated river management for scientists in the Czech Republic and other former eastern bloc countries, as well as courses on water security for the military, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was appointed to the United Nations' UNESCO board of scientific advisors on the sustainable development of global water resources and recently nominated to the National Academy of Science.

Honors and Awards:

Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship - Council for the International Exchange of Scholars Freshwater Research Unit, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa - regulated river management projects - Jan 1989 - Sept 1989

U.S. Dept. of Energy/Assoc. of Western Universities Faculty Research Participation Award - Laramie Energy Technology Center, Univ. of Wyoming - toxicology research - Summer, 1983

Assoc. of Western Universities/ U.S. Dept. of Energy Fellowship - Western Research Institute, Univ. of Wyoming - toxicology of treated synfuel effluents - Summer, 1984.

Columbus State University – Faculty Research and Scholarship Award – 2000

Columbus State University – Faculty Research and Scholarship Award – 2004