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Landscape architect , Consulting ecologist

John Benson Reark, American consulting ecologist, landscape architect. Achievements include research into mangrove gall fungus (Cylindrocarpon didymum) in coastal monocultural plantings, low pressure greenhouse climate control, and polycultural algae species mixes suitable for tropical microphage large scale aquacultural production. Decorated Air medal.

Background

Reark, John Benson was born on August 1, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Benson and Ruth (Garvey) Reark.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Botany, University Miami, 1950. Master of Science in Tropical Forest Ecology, Centro Agronomico Tropico de Investigaciónew york Ensanza, Turrialba, Costa Rica, 1952. Postgraduate, University Miami, 1960.

Doctor of Philosophy in Tropical Coastal Ecology, Clayton University, St. Louis, 1983.

Career

Landscape architect, ecologist, land use planner,, South Miami, Florida, since 1955. Instructor horticulture Dade Correctional Institute, Florida City, Florida, 1986-1991. Horticulturist Miami MetroZoo, 1987-1991.

Member Dade County Landscape Ordinances Board, Miami, 1964-1965. Member Pinewood Cemetery history site City of Coral Gables, Florida, 1985-1989. Newspaper columnist, 1979-1983.

Architect major tourism projects, Bahamas, 1956-1958, 67-68, Costa Rica, 1968-1971, Honduras, 1975-1976, Grand Cayman, 1970-1971, Dominican Republic, 1974. Town planner, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1977-1978.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research into mangrove gall fungus (Cylindrocarpon didymum) in coastal monocultural plantings, low pressure greenhouse climate control, and polycultural algae species mixes suitable for tropical microphage large scale aquacultural production.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to science publications. Innovator mist propagation of plants in full sun, 1951.

Membership

Board directors Museum of Science and Planetarium, Miami, 1963-1967. Captain United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa.

Connections

Married Muriel Frances Schafer, September 9, 1950 (divorced 1967). Children: Michael Frederick, Eileen Frances. Married Barbara Hublitz, July 9, 1973.

father:
Benson Reark

mother:
Ruth (Garvey) Reark

spouse:
Muriel Frances Schafer

spouse:
Barbara Hublitz

child:
Michael Frederick Reark

child:
Eileen Frances Reark