Vice President, Director of Communications
Christine Denny has15 years of experience in environmental communications and nature-based recreation planning and management. Her expertise includes education and outreach program design, implementation, and evaluation; recreation management, planning, and visitor research; ecotourism management; and fire ecology.
Christine holds an MS degree in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida. She is certified in community-based social marketing, meeting facilitation, and vegetation monitoring.
Christine works on a diversity of projects that reflect her interest in environmental communications, education, and natural resources. She applies her expertise and skills to projects to help strike a balance between human and environmental needs. She regularly conducts trainings, gives presentations, writes, and designs education and outreach programs.
Outreach, Education, Training, and Marketing
Christine enjoys creating practical, useful materials and programs that contribute to increased knowledge and improved attitudes about natural resource topics. Her education and outreach work involves translating scientific information into user-friendly formats for target audiences. Her experience includes designing education and outreach materials, writing curricula, and designing marketing and information pieces.
She is currently directing the WindWise Education program, a wind energy curriculum and teacher training program for middle and high schools. Since 2000, she has implemented three fire ecology education and training programs for the Florida Division of Forestry: Fire in Florida’s Ecosystems, Firewise Communities, and Florida Wildfire Prevention. She has also conducted many other training, outreach, and education programs for a diversity of clients.
Christine has evaluated local, state, and national environmental programs for governments, nonprofits, and industry associations. She participates in designing and evaluating all of Pandion’s education, outreach, and training programs. She directed a team that wrote the book on program evaluation, Best Practices Guide to Program Evaluation (PDF), for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.
Recreation and Management Planning
Christine has a great interest in nature-based recreation and land management planning. She was the project manager for the 2008 Babcock Ranch Preserve Management Plan, the state’s largest public lands purchase. She has assessed recreation impacts at springs, rivers, forests, and other public lands across the state – and turned the results into feasible management recommendations for state and federal agencies.
She designed Rapid Recreation Assessment (PDF), a predictive tool for land managers to assess current and potential impacts from recreation. She wrote the Recreation Management Handbook for the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. She has coordinated, created, and taught courses statewide on ecotourism, specifically about how to create and manage a sustainable business that provides quality visitor experiences while protecting the environment.
When Not at Work
Christine’s other interests include kayaking and hiking, exploring national parks (she has a particular love of the red rock canyons of the Southwest), listening to live music, and enjoying life in Gainesville with her husband, two kids, and hound dog.