nossMarch 26, 2014 - Dr. Reed Noss, a co-director of the FCI at the University of Central Florida (UCF), has been named a UCF "Pegasus Professor." The award is the most prestigious a faculty member can receive at UCF. The honor recognizes extraordinary contributions to the UCF community through teaching, research and service. Each recipient receives a statue of the UCF Pegasus, a gold Pegasus Professor medallion and a check for $5,000.

Dr. Noss directs UCF's SPICE (Science and Planning in Conservation Ecology) Lab and is President and Chief Scientist for the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. He currently conducts research on vulnerability of species and ecosystems to sea-level rise; climate adaptation strategies; road ecology; ecosystem conservation; and changes in ecological processes and species assemblages along urban-rural-wildland gradients. His latest book is Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation.