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Joseph Morhart Branham

biologist , educator

Joseph Morhart Branham, American biologist, educator. Certified biology/chemistry teacher, Florida. Lalor fellow Lalor Foundation, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 1964; recipient Research award National Institutes of Health, Edinburgh, 1965-1967, Bob Owen award St. Johns River Water Management District, 2010.


Branham, Joseph Morhart was born on January 31, 1932 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Joseph Russell and Augusta Emma (Morhart) Branham.


Bachelor of Science, Florida State University, 1956. Master of Science, Florida State University, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, Florida State University, 1963.


Research assistant University Delaware Marine Laboratory, Lewes, summers 1950-1956. Research assistant department biological science Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1956-1958, teaching assistant department biological science, 1958-1962. Associate professor biology Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, 1962-1965.

National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research associate University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1965-1967. Assistant professor biology University Hawaii, Honolulu, 1967-1972. Research associate University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1972-1973.

Teacher biology and chemistry Lake County Public Schools, Leesburg, Florida, 1973-1989.


  • Certified biology/chemistry teacher, Florida.


Member land acquistion selection committee Lake County Water Authority, Tavares, Florida, since 1986, chairman conservation committee, since 1990. Member public lands aquisitions committee, Lake Company, Florida, since 2005. Member, board member Lake County Conservation Council, since 1990.

Volunteer, trainer Lakewatch, Leesburg, since 1990. Fellow Sigma Xi; member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute Biological Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, Civitan International, Nature Conservancy, Cousteau Society (charter), Civitan's Club (Leesburg, Florida) (president since 2010).


Married Margaret Ann Taylor, September 1, 1956. Children: Russell, Charles.

Joseph Russell Branham

Augusta Emma (Morhart) Branham

Margaret Ann Taylor

Russell Branham

Charles Branham