Edwin Anthony Joyce, Jr. "Ed" from Tallahassee, Florida, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at the age of 77 after a long battle with ALS. Ed was born in Hampton, Virginia in 1937 and later graduated from High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Continuing his education, Ed received a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Butler University in 1959, took graduate level courses at Duke University and University of South Florida and received a Masters Degree in Marine Biology in 1961 from the University of Florida. He began his career with the Florida Board of Conservation in 1961 and continued working for the State of Florida for the remainder of his career. During his time there, he established a Field Station in St. Augustine and began a research project involving life history of commercial shrimps. He continued his research in various marine topics and was an author of numerous publications dealing with Marine Sciences from 1961 to 1985. His publication, Commercial Shrimps of the Northeast Coast of Florida, has been highly regarded as a fund of knowledge on the subject. In 1972, Ed accepted the position of Bureau Chief, Marine Science and Technology with the Department of Natural Resources and later served as the Director, Division of Marine Resources. For many years, Ed was a Florida Representative on the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. In 1995 he received the Commission’s prestigious Charles H. Lyles Award for his many contributions to research and management of the eastern Gulf of Mexico fisheries. He was a Certified Fisheries Professional under auspices of the American Fisheries Society, an invited member of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologist and a member of Sigma Xi, the Research Society. Ed’s enthusiasm for science never wavered. After over 30 years of dedicated service in the field of Marine Sciences, he retired from the Florida Department of Natural Resources in 1993.
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