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Next TU Science Café to feature ‘Living on the Edge: Florida’s Gulf Coast’

The next installment in Thomas University’s Science Café series will feature Susan Cerulean, a writer, naturalist and earth advocate, presenting “Living on the Edge: Florida’s Gulf Coast.” The discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Main Campus.

A resident of Tallahassee, Cerulean has put pen to paper and advocated on behalf of Florida and its wildlife since 1981. She is a founding board member of Heather of the Earth and the Red Hills Writers Project. In 2009 she was named one of Tallahassee Community College’s “Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet.” In 1997 the Governor’s Council for a Sustainable Florida named her Environmental Educator of the Year.

Cerulean directed the Red Hills Writers Project from 2004 to 2011. In 2010 she edited, along with Janisse Ray and A. James Wohlpart, “UnspOILed: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast,” which alerted Floridians to the perils of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The book sold nearly 10,000 copies.

Cerulean has also authored the books “Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change” (2015) and “Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites” (2006). She also edited the books “Between Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf” (2004); “The Book of the Everglades” (2002); and “The Wild Heart of Florida: Florida Writers on Florida’s Wetlands” (1999).

She has won the Editor’s Choice Award from Audubon Magazine in 2005 for her book “Tracking Desire” and the 2005 Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club Indigo Award. Cerulean was also the writer in residence for 2001 and 2011 at Hedgebrook in Langley, Washington, a retreat for women writers from around the world. She was a fellow of the Teller Environmental Writing Institute in 1994.

Science Café guests are invited to a reception before the conversation at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Smith-Bonvillian Hall. The discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, and the event is open to the public.

For more information, contact April Penton at

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