Robert Virnstein, President, holds a PhD in Marine Science. Bob conducted basic research on estuarine invertebrates before working at the St. Johns River Water Management District for 20 years as an environmental scientist, retiring in 2008. During his 35-year career of ecological research on the Indian River Lagoon, Bob worked primarily on the protection and restoration of seagrass and salt marsh. He coined the term “blueway” in co-developing a CARL proposal for acquisition of lands along the lagoon. Bob works with various county committees developing paddling trails in Putnam County initiating the County’s 185-mile blueway. He does environmental consulting and is active in scientific societies.