Andrew Blitman, who earned his degree in Marine Conservation Science & Policy from the University of Miami, is a local from South Florida who served on the UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities constituency board from 2011 to 2017. He currently works as a sea turtle specialist for Broward County’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program. He is the author of five books: one comprehensive poetry anthology, three illustrated poetry books written and drawn from the perspective of animals, and a memoir about his December 2012 Birthright trip to Israel. Andrew is also a regular spoken word poetry contributor to open mic nights at the Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pompano Beach. To read his works, you can visit his website: andrewblitman.com.