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Sharlynn Sweeney

Communications Specialist Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands, Center for Environmental Policy
Office 102 Phelps Lab Work Phone: 352-392-2424


I received a dual BS in Marine Science & Biology from UM, had a brief stint as a zookeeper, then moved to Gainesville and worked as a biological scientist in a neuropharmacology lab at UF. I returned to school and earned a PhD at UF in 2009. While writing my dissertation, I started working at the Center for Wetlands full-time as a Program Coordinator and 12 years later I’m now the Communications Specialist. I’m a public library Trustee & love libraries, ecology, gardening, maps, travel & sci-fi.


Develop and implement social media strategies, first point of contact for the Centers, manage Center websites, budget development, event planning, select and coordinate speakers for cross-disciplinary academic seminar, manage graduate certificate program, digitization and online dissemination of publications, manage Odum Digital Collection, assist with research projects/proposals as needed, edit and publish conference proceedings, moderate listservs, manage assets, general administration.

Areas within ESSIE

Center for Environmental Policy, Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands


BS, Biology and Marine Science, University of Miami, 1992
MLIS, Masters in Library and Information Science, 2012, Florida State University
PhD, Environmental Engineering Sciences, 2009, University of Florida


  • Alachua County Library District Board of Trustees (2016-present).
  • Chair of Alachua County Library District Board of Trustees (2017-2019).
  • Governing Board of the Putnam-Alachua-Levy Library Partnership (2017-2019).