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Donald Bruce Means

Donald Bruce Means, American environmental educator, research ecologist. Named Outdoorsman of Year, Florida Wildlife Federation, 1987; fellow National Institutes of Health, Panama, 1967, Tall Timbers Research Station, 1972-1977.


  • Means, Donald Bruce was born on March 9, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Grant Hugh and Margaret Louise (Nolte) Means.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Florida State University, 1968. Master of Science, Florida State University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, Florida State University, 1975.


    • Research biologist, Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, 1970-1977;director, Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, 1978-1984;president, executive director, Coastal Plains Institute, Tallahassee, since 1984. Visiting faculty Organisation for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica, 1977. Adjunct assistant professor department biological science Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1976-1982, adjunct associate professor, 1982-1989, Adjunct Professor, since 1989.

      Adjunct curator herpetology Florida State Museum, Gainesville, since 1984. Research associate in zoology Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1989-1992. Proposal reviewer National Science Foundation, National Geography Society, Florida Game and Fish Commission, since 1975.

      Environmental consultant public private agys., since 1972. Organizer, leader Natural History Adventure Tours, since 1983.


    • Contributor editor South America Explorer, since 1990. Contributor articles on ecology to science journals, on environment to popular publications.


    Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Study Evolution, Ecological Society of America, American Society Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Society for Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Herpetologists League, Sigma Xi (president Florida State University chapter 1980-1981).



    Avocations: scuba diving, kayaking, long distance hiking, Amazon exploration.


    • Children: Guy Harlan, Ryan Cameron. Married Katherine Ann Steinheimer, January 17, 1993.
    • father: Grant Hugh Means
    • mother: Margaret Louise (Nolte) Means
    • spouse: Katherine Ann Steinheimer
    • children: Guy Harlan Means
    • Ryan Cameron Means
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    • 1968
      Florida State University
    • 1972
      Florida State University
    • 1975
      Florida State University
    • 1970 - 1977
      Research biologist Tall Timbers Research Station
      Tallahassee, Florida, United States
    • 1984
      president, director Coastal Plains Institute
    • 1984
      executive, director Coastal Plains Institute