MSRI Past Guests and Visitors  


Congresswoman Corrine Brown visit's the MSRI!



 GLOBALJAX recently sponsored a group of Iraq officials interested in Water Resrouce Management. They met at the MSRI (8/1/2011) with Jimmy Orth, Executive Director of St. Johns Riverkeeper, Dr. Laura Chambers, Director of Service Learning, Dr. Jeremy Stalker, Assistant Professor of Marine Science and Dr. Quinton White, Exectuvie Director of MSRI to discuss the St. Johns River & water management issues.​

The St. Johns: Magic, Myth, & Mayhem​

with Bill Belleville and Dr. A. Quinton White
presented by the First Coast Scholars
Spoke at the MSRI for the Science and Engineering Lecture Series 
April 13, 2011
 Author Bill Belleville has given another great presentation entitled “The Springs of the St. Johns River: From Cultural History to New Discoveries” at the Marine Science Research institute. Belleville specializes in nature and a "sense of place." He's authored six non-fiction books, including the critically acclaimed "Losing it All to Sprawl", "Deep Cuba" and "River of Lakes."

His latest book just released this spring is a collection of nature essays entitled "Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost & Found in the State of Dreams." He has been a member of oceanographic expeditions sponsored by the Discovery Channel to the Galapagos Islands, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and has traveled on assignment to the White Sea of Russia, the Great Barrier Reef, up and downstream on the Amazon and throughout the Antilles.


​2011 Florida Renewable Energy Tour


Dr. Quinton White~ Executive Director MSRI, Herschel Vinyard ~ Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Neil Armingeon ~ Riverkeeper, and Madison Shelly ~ Director of Donor Relations University Advancement


 On January 3, Governor Rick Scott appointed Herschel Vinyard as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate and the Florida Cabinet.


Vinyard, who also served as a member of Scott’s Economic Development Transition Team, has a deep background in environmental compliance and innovation, having practiced environmental law for nearly a decade, while more recently serving as director of business operation for BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards. This mix of legal expertise and service with a major Florida employer positions Vinyard to uniquely understand the need for strong environmental protection while ensuring that government and business find new ways to partner in growing the Florida economy.

“Herschel is a man of deep environmental knowledge and practical business experience. He has a love for our great state’s natural resources and a passion for job creation. He will effectively balance those interests for the benefit of all Floridians. We are fortunate to have recruited Herschel from the private sector into government service,” Scott said.

As an example of Vinyard’s focus on environmental responsibility and effective business practices, he provided counsel to BAE Systems in their recent, successful efforts to remove its treated wastewater outfall from the St. Johns River. That wastewater is now being used for irrigation purposes and eliminates a discharge to one of Florida’s most significant water bodies.

In addition, Vinyard led his company’s three-year effort to obtain state approval for a sovereign submerged lands lease. His experience in this complex regulatory proceeding provided Vinyard with new insights on the challenges businesses face in the permitting process and the need to provide a more efficient and streamlined mechanism to meet environmental requirements.

“Good environmental practices make good business sense. Not only can such stewardship better protect the resources around us, they often save money and lead to new innovation. Herschel has been on the front lines of such efforts and will ensure that Florida leads the nation in new partnerships between government and industry that save money, streamline processes and create jobs,” Scott said.  


During his practice at one of Florida’s most well-respected law firms, Vinyard represented numerous clients in a myriad of complex environmental matters. His expertise includes the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act and liability issues associated with the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, as well as Florida’s statutory counterparts in Chapter 376 and 403. He is also a past chair of the environmental and land use law section of the Jacksonville Bar Association.


About Herschel Vinyard:


Vinyard has more than twenty years of experience in environmental law and business management. In his current role as director of business operations at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, Vinyard is responsible for strategic planning, business development and regulatory and government affairs. BAE is the world’s second largest defense contractor. He also serves on a number of professional and civic associations that draw upon his expertise in environmental and complex business practices. This includes board service on the Jacksonville Port Authority, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Manufactures Association of Florida. During his decade in private practice at Smith, Hulsey and Busey, Vinyard counseled clients in state and federal environmental compliance and permitting, was heavily involved in the siting of an electrical cogenerating facility and assisted in industry waste minimization efforts. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University.


​Marine Science Classroom Bryan/Gooding Recption 12/8/2010
Photo on Left (L to R): Les Waters, Lee Ann Clements, Trustee-Bruce Kern, Peggy Bryan, Trustee-Matt Kane, Fred Lee, Josie Bryan, Quinton White, Jr., Martha Barrett, JF Bryan, Julie Davis, Cynthia Bliss, School Board Superintendant - Ed Pratt-Dannals, Trustee Chairman - Ron Autrey, Kendal Bryan, Jr., Kendal Bryan, Sr., Eleanor Bryan, Saunders Bliss, William Bliss, and President Kerry Romesburg

dison Shelly with Ms. Nancy Schultz (Signing the many paintings that she has donated to the MSRI decor.)

The Late Bloomers Garden Clubs Conservation Committee visited the MSRI on 10/25/2010
(L to R - Courtney Wilson, Quinton White, Jimmy Orth, Renetta Hixon, Barbara Ketchum and Joan Van Vleck)