Martin Main, Ph. D.
Associate Dean for Extension, Environmental and Natural Resources Programs
Associate Director, Florida Sea Grant Program Extension and Education
Marty created the Florida Master Naturalist Program, a conservation education and natural history program for adults which is provided by many UF/IFAS extension offices and partner organizations throughout the state. The program issues about 1,000 certificates of completion annually, and has been replicated in a number of other states across the country. Since 1996, he has been a professor in UF's department of wildlife ecology and conservation. He conducts an active research program on the behavioral ecology of Florida wildlife such as deer, panthers and wading birds from the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. He is considered an expert on coyotes in Florida.
While completing his master's degree, Marty was named one of Florida's John A. Knauss Marine Policy fellows. The competitive program places highly qualified graduate students in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government for one year. Marty was a legislative aide fellow, and worked with the congressional subcommittee that reauthorized the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the federal legislation that ensures the sustainability of U.S. fisheries. He later served for two years as a physical scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Marty has authored or co-authored nearly three dozen articles in scientific journals, more than 50 articles in extension publications, and chapters in four books. In 2005 he was named the Conservation Educator of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation. He has been recognized with the National Wetlands Award in Education and Outreach by the Environmental Law Institute for extraordinary effort, innovation and excellence in wetlands education and conservation.