Environmental Health

Dr. Tracy Fanara

Staff Scientist and Program Manager

Tracy joined the Environmental Health program in March of 2015. Tracy has extensive experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling through her doctoral research as well as almost 10 years of engineering consulting experience. She is also well trained in water quality analyses, as she studied the fate of phosphorus in urban environments by “storm chasing” for her Master’s research. Although an engineer, she has research experience in biology including a study of diatoms as quality indicators, seagrass displacement, and eutrophication from nutrient loading. Tracy has also studied the impact of public outreach by social media as well as physical/visual learning, as she mentored and was the design engineer for two integrated, nationally winning, EPA Rainworks Challenge teams.   

At Mote, Tracy manages the Environmental Health Program, investigating the effects of marine and freshwater chemicals on public health. A focus of the program is Mote’s Beach Conditions Reporting System, which is an operational, non-federal, sub-regional observing system providing real and near-time data from the Florida Gulf coast. Tracy works with Gulf Coast beaches to organize twice daily beach condition reports, which are available to the public at https://visitbeaches.org/. She also brings creative ways to educate and inform the public about Florida red tide and other harmful algae blooms. 


B.S. University of Florida, M.E. University of Florida, Ph.D. University of Florida.


Fanara, T. A., 2015. “Hydrologic Restoration via Low Impact Design Retrofit” Proceedings, 2015 Universities Council on Water Research Conference, Henderson, NV June 15-18

Fanara, T.A., 2014. “Can Predevelopment Hydrology Be Restored Through Low Impact Development Retrofit?” Proceedings, 2014 Florida Stormwater Association Annual Conference, Sanibel FL, June 11-13

Acomb, G., McCalister,A. T.A.Fanara et al., 2013. “EPA Rainworks Challenge, University of Florida Master Plan”, EPA document

Acomb, G., Sturms, E., T.A.Fanara et al., 2012. “EPA Rainworks Challenge, Journey of Water,” EPA document

Demko, M.S., T.A. Fanara, 2007. "Cross-Connection Guidebook Developed Specifically for Reuse Purveyors," Proceedings, 22nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium, Tampa FL, Sept. 9-12, 2007

Demko, M.S., Fanara, T.A., J. Dickenson, 2007. "Recycle/Reclaimed Water: Standardizing the Site Certification Process," Proceedings, 23rd Annual Education Conference and Trade Show of the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA), Reno NV, April 30-May 2

Demko, M.S., T.A. Fanara, 2007. "Water Reuse Foundation's Reclaimed On-Site Water Inspection and Cross Connection Control Guidebook," Proceedings, 2nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow of the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA), Florida Suncoast Chapter, Largo FL.

Awards & Honors

Presidential Management Fellow, EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge national winner 2012 and 2013, SPICE Fellowship recipient, AWWA Roy Likins Scholarship Winner, Trevor’s Eco-Education Foundation Chair, Florida Mauer Memorial Scholar, Stormwater Association Scholar, CDM Scholarship, Long Boat Key Garden Club Environmental Scholarship.